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This simple gesture will instantly improve your culture

You can’t swipe through inc.com; hbr.org or entrepreneur.com on your iPad without stumbling directly into an article about the significance culture plays in an organization. I think we all “get it.” Culture is as important, and some even believe more important, than strategy. I tend to agree. I don’t believe a company can execute its…


 

Why Leading Companies Never Stop Branding

Do companies like SPX, Rexnord and Canon really need to continue branding themselves to retain their customers and encourage others to purchase their products? Why does Intel feel the need to spend billions each year on keeping its brand relevant, knowing they are the world’s largest and highest valued semiconductor chip manufacturer? Shouldn’t they be…


 

26 Ways Your Brand Makes a First Impression

A bad brand experience is like a Fish Handshake

Have you ever had an unpleasant first-time encounter with a brand and wondered how the owner of the company would react if s/he knew of your experience? This tends to be more of an issue with larger companies where the owner is several titles insulated from the interactions between customers and his or her company’s…


 

Is your customer survey data accurate?

Customer and employee surveys are one of the best ways to obtain critical feedback and measure performance in key areas. However, the way survey questions are written and presented can have a measurable impact on the quality and accuracy of responses. Formulating questions has become both a science and an art based on need, desired…


 

Measure the Performance of Your Culture Through Exit Interviews

Measuring and monitoring the health and performance of your culture, which drives productivity and operational performance, cannot be achieved simply by getting feedback from employees during annual reviews or loosely counting on them to bring urgent matters to your attention. The perceived (or perhaps real) risk that speaking up could cause more trouble than it’s…


 

How to Build a Sales-Driven Culture

When CEOs hear the word “culture,” most think about internal metrics such as productivity, morale, communication, teamwork and performance. As important as these metrics are, none on their own can go toe-to-toe with the metric of improving sales. For the growth-minded manufacturer, building a sales-driven culture is, was, and always will be the priority of…


 

Everything A Brand Endures In the Sales Process

Customer Purchase Journey Infographic

Assume for a moment you need to make a major purchase in the next several months. Perhaps a new machine, piece of equipment, or even a new CRM system. In your decision-making process, your mind would likely fast-forward to thoughts of one or two brands you would consider purchasing, and perhaps brands you would never…


 

The Most Important Step In The Brand Development Process

It’s 5:56 am when the CEO of a mortgage company opens his email. His attention is immediately drawn to the “Urgent” message from the President of his advertising agency, time-stamped at 5:03 am, to call ASAP. When the CEO calls the President’s cell phone, it’s answered before the first ring is heard, and the President…


 

A Proven Method for Building a Continuous Improvement Culture

Toyota receives more than one million operational improvement ideas from its employees each year and implements 90 percent of them. There are two powerful messages in this short statement worth noting: 1) One million ideas submitted each year tells us that Toyota, a company revered for setting the standard in how to run a successful…


 

What Glassdoor Ratings Tell Customers About Your Brand

At one of my recent brand strategy retreats, I asked everyone in the room to raise their hand if they were aware of glassdoor.com. Less than half lifted their hands. For those of you who are unfamiliar, glassdoor.com is one of the fastest growing job and recruiting sites, and it includes a database of millions…


 

Are Unique Value Propositions Overrated?

For far too long, marketers have been hung up on identifying their “unique” value propositions, believing that if they don’t own one, they wouldn’t be equipped to confront the competition head on and win new customers. Hold that thought. The urgency and anxiety over defining one’s Unique Value Proposition (UVP) has been on the decline…


 

Learn Why and How Your Marketing Content Must Evolve

When inbound marketing was on the rise in 2006, search engines were the primary way readers discovered new content. In 2017, this still holds true. Social, video, and messaging apps now occupy a fair share of the content landscape — but with over 4.8 billion searches per day on Google alone, search is a channel mortgage industry…


 

Brand: Don’t confuse corporate values with customer expectations

The process of defining one’s values has unquestionably become one of the hottest trends in corporate and employer branding. And when integrated into a well-functioning, healthy culture, the results can be extraordinary in many ways. Values help to differentiate the brand by telling customers and employees what the company stands for. They establish guardrails and…


 

6 Reasons Disengaged Employees Require Your Immediate Attention

According to a 2016 Gallup Poll, disengaged employees cost the U.S. approximately $500,000,000,000 (Yes, that’s billion). Some employees disengage for reasons that have nothing to do with their employer or work environment. Illness, injuries or major life events such as losing a loved one, going through a divorce or dealing with any kind of trauma…


 

Five Deadly Consequences of Brand Complacency

Some of us are deceived to believe that many of the larger, well-known brands have everything figured out. Many of them do. But the others? Well, read on. Below are some higher-profile brands that were, at one time, leaders in their respective industries, and today are struggling to survive from a history of complacency. There…