A book that should matter to you.
Matter by Peter Sheahan, Julie Williamson PHD and Dom Thurbon is one of the best marketing and brand books for non-marketers that I have ever read. If you are a CEO, CFO, MD or business manager wanting to bring your marketing strategy in line with your business strategy, this is a great book for you!
If you are a marketer and finding yourself stuck in the campaign treadmill, read this book and jump out of promotions mode and into business value mode.
Lessons from hairdressers.
We can learn a lot from hairdressers, and I don't just mean how to achieve a great blow dry! Traditionally hairdressers have nailed the concepts of maximising frequency and spend from their clients. By having a look at the processes within a typical hairdressing salon, we can learn a lot.
Vanilla is for ice-cream.
Vanilla is great for ice-cream, but not for branding.
I don't hate vanilla, in fact I love it! What I do hate is bland. Bland is simply not something you want to associate with your marketing activity. Whether you're working on your brand promise or brand delivery, there is no room for vanilla.