As I've said in this space often, my lessons learned can be profound or simple. They may be revolutionary and new, or old news that needs to be repeated. The point here then, this week's lesson learned is a simple, old one of the value of perseverance. Or put another way: Success knows no substitute for tenacity.
With only a shoestring budget, Dollar Shave Club found a way to rise above the mega brands and connect directly with consumers. They shocked us, made us laugh, and made us feel cool. They had the balls to call us out if we even thought about going back to that lame, expensive razor that we've been using all along.
I'm no foodie, but a 35 year business career has taken me to some of the finest food emporiums all over the globe. Nothing has even come close to the epicurean delight I experienced at chef Grant Achatz's majestic Alinea. It didn't merely shatter expectations for a restaurant, it was one of my great life experiences, period.
Summer in Canada is short. For four months of the year, the majority of Canadians are heading to patios, beaches and national parks -- anywhere they can soak in the sunshine and try to forget about the frigid winter that just passed. To truly win over consumers we need to provide timely value and relevance with every touch point.
Although the CEO is just one person, they should empower their team to become brand advocates. By engaging employees at all levels in your company's vision and values, and encouraging them to experience your product or service, there is a greater chance they will feel more connected to the brand and will talk positively about the company to friends and family.
In the world we are living in today, the modern man is complex and if we cannot make the effort to understand them then how will we ever start to get there? Is it just about selling product, or can advertising now be a tool for which we guide lifestyles? Can we show the modern man that he can share on social, that he can be a stay-at-home father and that he can evolve his role?
Imagine you're on a romantic date with your dream match. He or she looks incredible and has a stellar background; a high paying job at a respectable firm, solid values, impeccable style and similar interests to you. But there's one small caveat: You have no emotional connection. Zero chemistry. It's like you're talking to a dead fish! Well, you can forget about having a relationship.
"Our patios are like national parks. Huge and filled with cougars." This is Jack Astor's latest brilliant burst of marketing genius. Cougar: An older woman who frequents clubs in order to score with a much younger man. Now here's the term for older men who date younger women for casual sex. They're called... men. The term 'cougar' is so derogatory, ageist and sexist, it baffles me that some women use with it pride. Jack Astor's logo is an ass. As in a donkey's ass. I've never felt any which way about the company, but after today, I feel like that logo suits them perfectly.
We can't force anybody to love social media, and that's fine. But to dismiss it as a communications tool is to alienate an entire demographic -- who may very well be one of your target audiences -- and who will most certainly miss out on your key messages. Social media should be viewed as another tool in an organization's corporate communications/ marketing toolkit.
Many new jobs will emerge -- such as a robot counsellor, who is someone that matches robots with humans depending on their needs. While it all sounds very sci-fi in 2014, many of our job predictions are based on technological advancements that currently exist and are just 'waiting in the wings' for commercial development. It's all very exciting.
There are several reasons to test your pricing. They may include: never tested a price increase before; conversion rate is extremely high (suggesting that you're under-valuing your product or service); as well as sales are low (low sales of a product or service can also be caused by the market seeing your offering as inferior because of its low price).
"How do I make my YouTube video/Facebook post/blog post/etc. go viral?" I was asked it twice last week alone. By now, one would think that people would realize that there's no magic formula. So in an effort to satisfy inquiring minds, and to finally bring closure to the topic, I have come up with the foolproof, two-step path to Virality.