Category Archives: Social marketing

Constructive Complaint

I have a friend who loves to complain. In fact, for him, complaining about service is less of a hobby and more of a second career. He is persistent; he is detailed. He reaches far into the targeted organisation and … Continue reading

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Customer Service Weak

Did you notice that last week was Customer Service week, everywhere on the planet? The Internet says Customer Service Week is celebrated annually during the first full week in October when customer-oriented organisations around the world recognise the importance of … Continue reading

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The bureaucratic condition

Working in organisational transformation certainly produces some home truths. The latest for me has been realising  how deeply bureacracy resonates with human beings. I mean as a default behaviour, especially in times of stress. In employees, stress is routinely caused … Continue reading

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Broken teams

Building branded businesses takes true collaboration over time. Teamwork is hard to build and easy to lose. Years ago the management guru Tom Peters warned leaders to watch for three warning signs of a broken team: Constant firefighting in your … Continue reading

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Creativity needed

Last week I attended an important event at Safaricom’s prestigious Michael Joseph Centre in Nairobi. ( I told them I had just come from the Chris Harrison Building , but they didn’t laugh.)  Hubris aside, it was a great evening … Continue reading

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Branding post-merger

After two decades of progress and innumerable calamities, the supermarket category in East Africa is again in flux. This time the highly professional retail brand Carrefour is coolly selecting the best growth opportunities from the wreckage of the supa-duka boom. … Continue reading

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Understand brain capacity

I was listening to a CEO address her team on their execution of the brand strategy; and what began quite reasonably turned into a repetitive rant. I’ve seen it before, so many times. So afterwards I asked why she felt … Continue reading

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CEO’s set brand ethics

Last month, Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi used Linked In to broadcast Uber’s new cultural norms. Like many an incoming CEO, he must work quickly to address negative aspects of his predecessor’s legacy. In the case of Travis Kalanik a … Continue reading

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Not different enough

There’s a lot of loose talk about differentiation these days. Most of it happens in Marketing Departments, and not enough at the Boardroom table. Frankly, we need to get better at it if we hope to build our regional economy. … Continue reading

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The Three E’s

All businesses rely on a combination of three drivers of value creation, the ‘3Es’ of efficiency, effectiveness, and experience. Efficiency has been and remains a dominant driver of profitability since the industrial revolution, Taylorism, invention of the assembly line, and … Continue reading

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