Sincere Marketing – a podcast with Romi Mahajan

We live in an age of skepticism about all forms of consumption. The diffusion of our skepticism is accelerated by the Internet and makes the sincerity even more pressing.

So it’s no surprise that the world of business — specifically in the realms of advertising, branding, and marketing — has to once again ennoble the […]

Positioning your Personal Brand

Having taken on this new role of blogging on the Personal Branding Blog, I naturally have been looking at many of the other personal brands that are out there. A few names come to mind very quickly when you think about strong personal brands: Robert Scoble, Guy Kawasaki, Steve Jobs (the only non blogger), […]

How NOT to Create Loyalty in Tough Times

Marketing’s mission is to somehow change a customer’s behavior.

We try many things to affect that behavior: advertising, email, search, events, webinars, and the list goes on and on.

And in tough economic times the opportunity to affect customer behavior is exceptionally acute, especially when it comes to existing loyal customers.

So check out […]

People don’t buy “run of the mill” anything anymore!

I work in a professional services firm and in order for firms like ours to differentiate themselves they have to create perhaps hundreds of personal brands around individuals who understand niche topics extremely well. And since buyers have transparency through the use of search engines they can really get a handle on just how […]

How to build a Lead Nurturing Super Highway!

Not all leads should be treated equally. In our business for example the sales cycle can be upwards of 9 months – so lead nurturing it critical to stay in front of your prospect during their journey from awareness to consideration to purchase. Furthermore, you are never quite sure when that illusive moment of need […]

Twitter Squatting – a new cyber sport

Its a snowy Saturday and I just picked up an email comment from one of my blog readers pointing out an incorrect twitter handle for Levi’s on my list of Brands that Tweet. I vowed right then to scrub the whole list, since it beat shoveling the driveway by a long shot!

But what […]

The Sin of Inclusion

The IT Services Marketing Association (ITSMA) recently did an interview with Malcolm Frank the Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Marketing Officer for Cognizant. In the interview Malcolm talked about 5 messaging traps that IT Marketers tend to fall into.

While I agree with all 5 traps that he identified – I felt […]

Secrets of Starting a Wiki – a podcast with Eugene Lee

A year and a half ago when I was researching how to start a wiki and looking for best practices in wikis – there was little information out there about it. So I decided to reach out to our internal consultant and found out there were already 6 wikis within the BearingPoint organization all built […]

Survey says … Marketers are tired of Web 2.0!!

In a recent survey conducted online among the members of MENG (Marketing Executive Networking Group). All 1,800+ active members of MENG were emailed on November 15, 2008 and asked to complete an online survey. The Survey was closed on December 2, 2008 with a total of 643 responses (representing a 36% response rate).

One […]