When organisations forget about customers

Think customer – the obvious Most people in the ‘front line’ of organisations think customer, perhaps the immediacy of face to face or direct contact makes for a better, personal connection. There’s nothing more immediate, relevant or real than talking to customers, ‘feeling’ what they say, ‘getting it’, so why do organisations tend to forget this? Why […]

6 steps to show you know what customers want

Six steps to show you know It’s surprising sometimes just how little or perhaps irregularly we test our assumptions about what we think we know or don’t know about our customers. And, it’s sometimes worthwhile just to step back and apply a few simple tests to see if we’re clear about what we do or […]

Focus marketing on a higher purpose

Is your marketing focused on a higher purpose?  What is a higher purpose? In truth most marketing is focused on relatively short term commercial gain, for example an uplift in advocacy, loyalty or revenue. There is nothing wrong with marketing having clear commercial objectives, short and longer term, even ambitious ones but if these objective […]

Great stories

The essence of a brand lies in the stories it can tell and the emotional connections they make but can you maintain the integrity and relevance of your stories, your brand over time?  What’s your story? There are organisations who have a great story to tell that just isn’t out there, and there are organisations that […]

Marketing disciplines

Marketing as a department is a redundant idea, marketing as a function is too limited. But, does marketing as a set of strategic disciplines make more sense than ever? From department to function to process to discipline Marketing is going through significant change right now, it has been going through this change for almost 10 […]