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Marketing islands

It’s rare find a Marketer criticising his profession, so I was intrigued when the Chief Marketing officer of HP had this to say last month: “Marketers risk forming a parallel universe and distancing themselves from the business.” Lucio was talking to … Continue reading

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Millennial Matters

Goodness, there’s a lot of talk about the Millennial generation (18-35’s) in the workplace. And arguably too much credence being given to management needing to change its style in response. I’m giving the matter some thought over the next few … Continue reading

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Social media in trouble

Hot on the heels of extraordinary customer service failures in the US airline industry comes news of even bigger brands attracting reputational damage. Facebook, the social media giant, now boasts 1.86 billion weekly users, with over 150 million in Africa. … Continue reading

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Your brands in their hands

Two international airlines currently under public scrutiny show how vulnerable brands can be to the actions of employees. They are both American and to be honest the world hasn’t heard much about them since they were subjected to terrorist attack … Continue reading

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Call to action

Businesses must have a purpose; and brands must have a call to action. Without the former, employees have no direction. Without the latter, customers have no reason to buy. Business purpose is an output of business strategy. It’s the bold … Continue reading

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Superbrands 2

It’s awards season in the field of marketing in East Africa: A time of contrasts. Next week sees the first Kenyan Advertising Awards competition to be held in over a decade.  We should welcome its return.  But we should acknowledge … Continue reading

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Try asking. It beats telling.

Regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of Edgar Schein, the professor at MIT Sloan who made organisational behaviours understandable. He’s my touchstone when I’m called upon to intervene in company cultures where behaviours are out of kilter. … Continue reading

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Brands must face inwards too

I’m often surprised at how many companies still see branding as a side note: An activity to be conducted on the margins of the business. By people who aren’t don’t rate very highly. Who want to spend the company’s money … Continue reading

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Does sex still sell?

Doing anything in East Africa these days means spending a long time stationery on our crowded roads. Even if you have a driver – and I don’t – you rarely manage more than two city centre meetings a day. So, … Continue reading

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Rethink your employee handbook

As many of you know, after years of building brands for external audiences, I have now turned my attention to what happens inside companies. To re-engineer company cultures so that employees are able to help to deliver the brand promise. … Continue reading

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