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The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind
Everyone has something they want to change. Marketers want to change their customers' minds and leaders want to change organizations. Start-ups want to change industries and nonprofits want to change the world. But change is hard. Often, we persuade and pressure and push, but nothing moves. Could there be a better way?This book takes a different approach. Successful change agents know it's not about pushing harder, or providing more information, it's about being a catalyst. Catalysts remove roadblocks and reduce the barriers to change. Instead of asking, "How could I change someone's mind?" they ask a different question: "Why haven't they changed already? What's stopping them?"The Catalyst identifies the key barriers to change and how to mitigate them. You'll learn how catalysts change minds in the toughest of situations: how hostage negotiators get people to come out with their hands up and how marketers get new products to catch on, how leaders transform organizational culture and how activists ignite social movements, how substance abuse counselors get addicts to realize they have a problem, and how political canvassers change deeply rooted political beliefs.This book is designed for anyone who wants to catalyze change. It provides a powerful way of thinking and a range of techniques that can lead to extraordinary results. Whether you're trying to change one person, transform an organization, or shift the way an entire industry does business, this book will teach you how to become a catalyst.
Contagious: Why Things Catch On
What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral? Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. He’s studied why New York Times articles make the paper’s own Most E-mailed list, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children. In Contagious, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheesesteak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the most seemingly boring products there is: a blender. Contagious provides a set of specific, actionable techniques for helping information spread—for designing messages, advertisements, and content that people will share. Whether you’re a manager at a big company, a small business owner trying to boost awareness, a politician running for office, or a health official trying to get the word out, Contagious will show you how to make your product or idea catch on.
The Ultimate Marketing Plan: Target Your Audience! Get Out Your Message! Build Your Brand!
Kennedy, Dan S.
Let's face it - the business world today is nothing like it was ten years ago. Marketing budgets are tighter, consumers are more skeptical, and social media has changed forever the way we talk to our customers.In this new edition of his bestselling The Ultimate Marketing Plan, industry expert Dan S. Kennedy integrates such tools as social media marketing, networking, and strategic memberships into a complete plan that will strengthen your customer base without breaking your budget.Packed with updated examples, marketing techniques, and contributions from experts, Kennedy shows you how to catapult your company to the cutting edge.
The Physics of Brand: Understand the Forces Behind Brands That Matter
If your organization wants to better understand customer experience and how it contributes to brand value, The Physics of Brand is the place to start. This book offers a practical framework that shows how brands interact with people in time and space -- to create value for people, brand owners, and society.The authors leave a smile in your mind as they weave neuroscience, micro and macroeconomics and systems thinking into a narrative equally rewarding for general managers, marketers and finance leaders. If you think branding is limited to communication, sales conversions, or logo design, this book will expand your worldview. If you want a more precise method to value brands, this book will light your hair on fire. Through the Time Model, you'll learn why first moments are vital in creating long term brand memories, and you'll find out how to design moments that lead to emotional engagement. You will also learn why time spent with a brand is an important and under-appreciated indicator of brand energy. The Space Model shows how brands operate in the real world of Brand Owners, Brand Handlers, Communities and People. The Jacob's Ladder Model shows how brand signals ladder-up to brand value. These three models provide a new framework to assess the value of brands and provide the tools to design superior customer experiences.The chapters ground the ideas in reality through case studies that include KIND, Smartwool, Patagonia and The Honest Company, with fun detours such as Snoop Dog and Willy Nelson sharing a bucket of KFC in an Amsterdam parking lot. The writing is as friendly as the ideas are elevated. Each chapter includes clear summaries, mind bending thought experiments and pleasant diversions.This book is for leaders who want to improve the customer experience in a measurable way. The Physics of Brand will help you arrive at a rewarding destination. The book presents a brand-new way of thinking.
Platform: The Art and Science of Personal Branding
The indispensable guide to developing a personal brand, building an audience, and nurturing followers, by digital marketing thought-leader Cynthia Johnson.In the modern world, influence is everything and personal branding equals influence. Platform is the why-to, how-to handbook by top expert Cynthia Johnson for everyone who wants to develop and manage a personal brand. In Platform, Johnson explains the process of going from unknown to influencer by achieving personal proof, social proof, recognition, and association. Johnson herself went from an on-staff social media manager to social media influencer, entrepreneur, and marketing thought-leader in just three years using her process of accelerated brand development, continuous brand management, and strategic growth. Fans of #GirlBoss and #AskGaryVee, who wonder how their favorite influencers found their voices and built their audiences, will find the answers here and discover that the process is technical, creative, tactical, and much easier than they might have expected.
The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide to Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse
The award-winning engineer, Air Force lieutenant colonel, and author of F.I.R.E offers a road map for designing winning new products, services, and business models, and shows how to avoid complexity-related pitfalls in the process. With a foreword by design guru Don Norman.Humans make things every day, whether it’s composing an e-mail, cooking a meal, or constructing the Mars Rover. While complexity is often necessary in the development process, unnecessary complexity adds complications. The Simplicity Cycle provides the secret to striking the proper balance. Dan Ward shines a light on how complexity affects the things we make for good or ill, taking us on a journey through the process of making things, with a particular focus on identifying and avoiding complexity-related pitfalls.The standard development process involves increasing complexity to improve the outcome, Ward explains. The problem comes when the complexity starts getting in the way—but often we don’t know where that point is until we pass it. He suggests a number of techniques for identifying the problem and fixing it, including how to overcome several types of wrongheaded thinking—such as the idea that complexity and quality are the same. In clear, compelling language, and using his trademark mix of examples from research, personal experience, and pop culture, Ward offers a universal concept, visually described with a single, evolving diagram.Ideal for business leaders and technologists, The Simplicity Cycle is helpful for anyone looking to simplify and improve everything we do, whether we work in an office, at home, or at the Pentagon.
Kotler on Marketing
Philip Kotler's name is synonymous with marketing. His textbooks have sold more than 3 million copies in 20 languages and are read as the marketing gospel in 58 countries. Now Kotler on Marketing offers his long-awaited, essential guide to marketing for managers, freshly written based on his phenomenally successful worldwide lectures on marketing for the new millennium.Through Kotler's profound insights you will quickly update your skills and knowledge of the new challenges and opportunities posed by hypercompetition, globalization, and the Internet. Here you will discover the latest thinking, concisely captured in eminently readable prose, on such hot new fields as database marketing, relationship marketing, high-tech marketing, global marketing, and marketing on the Internet. Here, too, you will find Kotler's savvy advice, which has so well served such corporate clients as AT&T, General Electric, Ford, IBM, Michelin, Merck, DuPont, and Bank of America. Perhaps most important, Kotler on Marketing can be read as a penetrating book-length discourse on the 14 questions asked most frequently by managers during the 20-year history of Kotler's worldwide lectures. You will gain a new understanding of such age-old conundrums as how to select the right market segments or how to compete against lower-price competitors. You will find a wealth of cutting-edge strategies and tactics that can be applied immediately to such 21st-century challenges as reducing the enormous cost of customer acquisition and keeping current customers loyal. If your marketing strategy isn't working, Kotler's treasury of revelations offers hundreds of ideas for revitalizing it. Spend a few hours today with the world's best known marketer and improve your marketing performance tomorrow.
Customer Centered Selling: Sales Techniques for a New World Economy (2nd Edition)
Jolles, Robert L.
This revised edition of Robert Jolles’s classic book on sales technique features brand new material throughout, including illustrations, teaching aids, coaching techniques, and true implementation strategies! When you have a process, you have a way of measuring what you are doing. When you can measure it—you can fix it!" Customer Centered Selling teaches the secrets of the world-famous Xerox sales training by reversing the conventional selling practices of searching for customer needs, pitching product, and adopting an order-taking mentality. Jolles provides a systematic, repeatable, predictable approach that teaches how to anticipate and influence behavior by studying and understanding the client’s "Decision Cycle" and critical "Decision Points." Through the use of case studies, interactive activities, and job aids, anyone—from a seasoned sales professional to a manager or parent—can not only learn the power to influence behavior, but can implement these ideas as well. Put to good use by Toyota, Disney, NASA, Nortel, General Electric, a dozen universities, and more than fifty financial institutions, Customer Centered Selling provides a step-by-step, consultative process that inspires as it teaches.
Today's headlines report cities going bankrupt, states running large deficits, and nations stuck in high debt and stagnation. Philip Kotler, Donald Haider, and Irving Rein argue that thousands of "places" - cities, states, and nations - are in crisis, and can no longer rely on national industrial policies, such as federal matching funds, as a promise of jobs and protection. When trouble strikes, places resort to various palliatives such as chasing grants from state or federal sources, bidding for smokestack industries, or building convention centers and exotic attractions. The authors show instead that places must, like any market-driven business, become attractive "products" by improving their industrial base and communicating their special qualities more effectively to their target markets.
Hanlon's seven definable assets that together construct the belief system that lies behind every successful brand, whether it's a product, service, city, personality, social cause, or movement.
Selling (DK Essential Managers0
DK Essential Managers: Selling is the visual guide that gives you all the know-how you need to be a more effective manager. Now newly updated with an all-new graphic approach to explaining key techniques and skills, the best-selling DK Essential Managers: Selling features:A practical, "how-to" approach teaches you the information and skills to succeed.Step-by-step instructions, tips, checklists, and "Ask yourself" features.Tables, illustrations, "in-focus" panels, and real-life case studies.Learn to speak persuasively, enthuse your audience, and sell with confidence with DK Essential Managers: Selling.
This I Know: Marketing Lessons from Under the Influence
Canada's most famous adman spills a career's worth of marketing secrets, so anyone can compete with the best in their business - whatever that business might be.Big companies spend a fortune marketing their wares and services. Can yours? Invariably people ask advertising veteran and CBC Radio host Terry O'Reilly one question more than any other: How does a little business compete with the big guys? After decades at the helm of an award-winning advertising production company, and over a decade exploring the art and science of marketing for CBC Radio, O'Reilly delivers all the answers they - and anyone with something to sell - ever wanted to know.Following his best-selling Age of Persuasion, O'Reilly collects a lifetime of marketing wisdom into an indispensable guide to competing for your customers' attention. From understanding what business you're really in and foregoing the extra mile in favour of the extra inch, to the benefits of counterintuitive thinking and knowing an opportunity when you see one, This I Know will help anyone understand the fundamentals of good marketing strategy and building the relationships that turn good marketing into great results, no matter how big or small your budget.
Inside the Tornado: Strategies for Developing, Leveraging, and Surviving Hypergrowth Markets
Moore, Geoffrey A.
In Inside the Tornado, Geoffrey A. Moore continues his classic three-part series delving into the high-stakes world of hypergrowth markets. Here, Moore examines these markets and their implications for business strategies and, in turn, provides effective guidelines for winning market share and building margin share in mainstream markets. Once a product reaches the mainstream market, it faces three often vexing questions: What is the best way to develop a stronger market for the product's growth? What is the most effective way to capitalize on and sustain growth? And when this market inevitably subsides, how can businesses survive the change? Moore deftly answers these questions and provides businesses with the knowledge and tools they need in this fast-paced lucrative market.
Mavericks At Work
Taylor, William C.
Meet the innovators and upstarts who are inventing the future of business. Their unconventional ideas and groundbreaking strategies can become your business plan for the twenty-first century - a better way to lead, compete, and succeed. Business as usual is a bust. In industry after industry, the old guard is cutting back and losing ground. Meanwhile, organizations that were once dismissed as upstarts, or "mavericks," are making waves and growing fast. The only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something truly original. That's the lesson behind the companies, executives, and entrepreneurs you'll meet in Mavericks at Work. They have devised exciting new answers to the timeless challenges facing organizations of every size and leaders in every field: how you make strategy, unleash new ideas, connect with customers. Abridged on 5 compact discs. Read by Barrett Whitener.
Marketing (The Brian Tracy Success Library)
Complete with time-tested marketing strategies, as well as Tracy's trademark wisdom, this practical pocket guide shows you how to overcome the competition, increase sales and profitability, and dominate your market niche.
The Experience Effect: Engage Your Customers with a Consistent and Memorable Brand Experience
There are literally hundreds, maybe thousands, of strategies you could use to market your products or services. But unless those strategies are seamlessly integrated to create a lasting impression and a deep hold on your customer, your brand will never quite rise above the competition, and your business or service never shine like it should.Whether it's online, offline, or at the retail level, The Experience Effect shows you hot to link your advertising, packaging, website, messaging, and more to create a memorable and immensely appealing experience for customers. Packed with astute assessments of many of the brands that surround us in daily life, this clear, practical book helps you recognize the immense impact of branding and gives you deceptively simple, highly effective strategies for creating a consistent, compelling, and lasting "experience effect."
Do It! Marketing: 77 Instant-Action Ideas to Boost Sales, Maximize Profits, and Crush Your Competition
As a business owner or solopreneur, you have your hands full. with precious little time in your day - and so many new ways to reach prospects - it's hard to know where to start when it comes to marketing your products and services. Only action creates results, and if you're going to stand out from the crowd and attract more customers, you're going to have to take smart, simple steps to get in the game.When it comes to growing your business - and executing the daily marketing tasks to make it happen - it's natural to feel overwhelmed. But Do It! Marketing removes the mystery, showing you how to stop "marketing by accident" and start outsmarting, out-maneuvering, and out-executing your competition.
The Age Curve: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm
Gronbach, Kenneth W.
As each generation ages, what they buy and how much they buy will change. In The Age Curve, marketing guru Kenneth Gronbach shows executives and entrepreneurs how to anticipate the changing needs of their "best customer," and how to ride that profit wave of predictable demand to long-term success. You'll discover how our largest generations, the baby boomers and generation Y, are redefining businesses' most effective go-to marketing strategies. Packed with real-world entertaining examples of companies like Apple who have perfected their strategies for building a loyal customer base, as well as those who haven't (Levi Strauss and Honda Motorcycle), this book teaches readers: • how to determine their best customers• how successful companies are earning the loyalty of generation Y and cultivating allegiance to their products for years to come• why generation X is a much less valuable market than any of us have been led to believe• and much more. Groundbreaking and compelling, The Age Curve will change the way companies look at their customers and how they market to them today and for many years to come.
Coolfarming: Turn Your Great Idea into the Next Big Thing
What exactly is the "magic of cool"? What makes products like the iPhone cool? (Or, in its own day, the phonograph?) And what if you could make your own ideas cool? What if you could even turn them into the next big thing?Whether you're an entrepreneur or a business leader, what you want most is to be at the head of the pack with the latest, hottest consumer enthusiasm: a product or service that comes across as brilliant, original, and hip; the kind of thing that not only seems cool in and of itself, but makes the lucky consumer who uses it feel cool.Building on the ideas found in the groundbreaking book Coolhunting, consumer trend expert Peter Gloor's Coolfarming moves beyond simply hunting for the latest hot ideas that are already happening and shows you how to get the "next big idea" off the ground for yourself or your company by nurturing innovative, cutting-edge ideas from the ground up."Coolhunting" refers to the process of seeking out and finding the latest trends. Now Coolfarming shows you how to dig deeper and become a part of the initial development phase of what will be the next hot phenomenon, converting creative dreams into cool products by enlisting the help of dedicated and passionate collaborators. You'll learn how to nurture your own Collaborative Innovation Network (COIN), a group of intrinsically motivated people assembled around a common vision.COINs are not new. They have long been found swarming around the genesis of new ideas. An earlier example of a successful COIN was Menlo Park, the research lab where Thomas Edison assembled other creative geniuses responsible for "hot new ideas" such as air conditioning and the light bulb. The rapidly expanding uses of social networking and Google's exponential, innovation-driven growth are other, more current examples.In Coolfarming, you'll discover how to grow your own trends by creating an environment where COINs flourish; then--once a product has become established--extend the creative pool into a Collaborative Learning Network, or CLN, whereby a targeted group of interested people are brought in to learn the basics of the product, make suggestions for improvements, point out deficiencies, and push the idea forward.When this feedback gets incorporated, things get really interesting, expanding the process further outward to a Collaborative Interest Network (CIN) that encompasses thousands or even millions of users, building what hopefully turns into a loyal fan base...and virtually guaranteeing the success of the idea.Featuring real-life examples from Linux to the Twilight series, from Procter & Gamble to Apple, Coolfarming lets you in on the practical, step-by-step processes that will allow you to successfully cultivate the kind of swarm creativity that generates hot new trends. . .and then push them over the tipping point to commercial success.
Fundamentals of Sales Management for the Newly Appointed Sales Manager
Making the leap into sales management means meeting a whole new set of challenges. As a manager, you're going to have to quickly develop the skills that allow you to build and supervise a sales team, communicate effectively, set goals, be a mentor, and much, much more. Now that you've been handed these unfamiliar responsibilities, you're going to have to think on your feet -- or face the possibility of not living up to expectations. Easy-to-understand and filled with realistic examples and immediately usable strategies, Fundamentals of Sales Management for the Newly Appointed Sales Manager helps you understand what it takes to be a great sales manager, allowing you to avoid many of the common first-time sales management mistakes, and be successful right out of the gate.
Combo Prospecting: The Powerful One-Two Punch That Fills Your Pipeline and Wins Sales
Hughes, Tony J.
Unleash a killer combination of old and new sales strategies. How do you break through to impossible-to-reach executive buyers who are intent on blocking out the noise that confronts them every day? Old-school prospecting tactics or new-school techniques alone won't provide the answers. But Combo Prospecting will . . . by showing how to combine time-tested sales processes with cutting-edge social media strategies and clever technology hacks. The book reveals today's new breed of Chief Executive Buyers, the channels they use, the value narrative you need, and the mix of methods that works. With actionable insights in every chapter, it explains how to:* Do deep-dive research into social * Locate leverage points that matter * Secure decision-maker meetings * Earn executive engagement * Build a knockout, online brand * Nurture a network that helps you thrive * Profit from referrals * Publish insights that set you apart and steer the agenda * Employ an efficient, lethal library of scripts and templates * And much, much more Want to wildly exceed your quota? Combo Prospecting is a potent playbook that will pack your pipeline and turn you into a selling champ.
Brand Aid: A Quick Reference Guide to Solving Your Branding Problems and Strengthening Your Market Position
Branding is more than a great logo. A brand is the essence of an organization - its DNA - impacting its continual success. It is absolutely essential to get it right.Brand managers, marketers, and executives have long turned to this trusted guide to troubleshoot their branding problems. Written by an acknowledged expert with 30 years of experience building world-class brands, Brand Aid covers topics ranging from research and positioning to brand equity management and architecture strategy.Bringing together illuminating case studies, best practices, and the latest research, this edition offers invaluable advice on every aspect of brand management.
People Powered: How Communities Can Supercharge Your Business, Brand, and Teams
Harness the power of communities, both inside and outside of your organization, to drive value and revenue, activate your employees’ and customers’ talents, and create a highly engaged, loyal customer base.What if you discovered a blueprint that could grow your brand’s reputation and loyalty, dramatically reduce customer service issues, produce content and technology, and cement a powerful, lasting relationship between you and your customers?Communities have been a popular topic since the rise of the Internet and social media, but few companies have consistently harnessed their power, driven tangible value, and effectively measured their return on investment (ROI) like:• Salesforce.com has seen tremendous results with their community network of over 2 million members advocating for, supporting, and integrating Salesforce.com products• Star Citizen used Kickstarter to raise over $150 million to build their new video game and a community of over 2 million players.• Red Hat collaborated with their community to build industry-leading technology, which led to a $34 billion acquisition by IBMCompanies such as PayPal, Facebook, Bosch, Microsoft, CapitalOne, and Google, have also built communities inside their organizations, which have fostered innovation, broken down silos, and helped their organizations to operate more efficiently and collaboratively.People Powered helps C-suite leaders, founders, marketers, customer advocates, and community leaders gain a competitive advantage by answering the following questions:• What is the key value proposition of building a community?• What kind of community do we need and how do we build and integrate it into our organization?• How do we incentivize and encourage people to get involved, build reliable growth, and keep community members engaged?• How do we develop authentic, productive relationships with community members both online and in person?• How do we get departmental buy-in, hire effectively, and create consistent, reliable community engagement skills in our organization?• What are the strategic and tactical pitfalls and roadblocks we need to avoid?• How do we make sure that our community continues to grow with us—and more importantly, how do we make sure that we continue to grow with them?People Powered pulls together over 20 years of pragmatic experience into a clear, simple methodology and blueprint to not just answer these questions, but deliver results. It also includes contributions from industry leaders including Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Emmy-award winning actor), Peter H. Diamandis (Founder of XPRIZE, Singularity University), Jim Zemlin (Executive Director, The Linux Foundation), Mike Shinoda (Co-Founder, Linkin Park), Jim Whitehurst (CEO, Red Hat), and more.Don’t get left behind—become an industry trailblazer and ensure your company’s longevity by tapping into the most dynamic force both outside and inside your organization: the people.
Now that 75 percent of screen time is spent on connected devices, digital strategies have moved front and center of most marketing plans. But what if that's not enough? What if most people ignore company messages? What if consumer engagement never goes further than the "like" button? A sobering reality is hitting marketers. Technology hasn't just reshaped mass media, it's altering behavior as well. And getting through to customers will take some radical rethinking. First step is to toss the linear plan. Next is to strip away conventions, open your mind, and join Disruptive Marketing on a provocative, fast-paced tour of our changing world.
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