May 23, 2017

Building your brand on moments of helpfulness

There is a difference between branding and being a brand. Branding focuses on the grand gesture. The big ad campaign with major media impressions. The breakthrough product innovation. The viral marketing event. Those things capture top-of-mind awareness for a short period of time. But in today’s noisy marketplace that awareness is quickly displaced by the […]

The helpful brand wins the heart

One way to disrupt your market is to disrupt your marketing. What if you set aside the hard-sell persuasion techniques and the broadcasted interruptions, and instead served up a generous portion of radical helpfulness? What if helping people actually became your marketing strategy? Do you think you could still compete and win? Some brands are doing […]

Don’t interrupt, add value

Time is not money. It has a far greater value than money. We can spend our money or lose our money, but we can always get more. Not so with our time. Once we spend a moment of time it is gone forever. That’s why interruptions are such an offense. An interruption says “Give me […]

That moment you made me feel important

On the first morning of my stay at the Renaissance Hotel in Chicago I went to the restaurant for breakfast. I was seated at a table overlooking the downtown cityscape. The Chicago River, still green from St. Patrick’s Day, was tucked between the tall buildings and bustling streets a block away. The waiter, Ahmet was […]