Category Archives: Strategy

Have you Lost Your Voice in Your Communications?

When I think of voice in a marketing context I think about the first steps we take in communication. Those steps are tentative and often unsure. It’s where we first tell our story to others outside of our immediate sphere. It’s the true test of whether our “pitch” just sounded great inside our own heads or whether it actually resonates with the people we want it to reach.

Lost Your Voice in your Communications?

That’s the scary bit – how will they (everyone else) react to what we say. Will they laugh? Will they yawn? Or will this pitch be, just another contributor to the noise they hear every day?

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So what is Blab and why would you want to?

When I was growing up “to blab” was to “talk too much”. And I’m sure you can guess I might have been accused of that once or twice myself. Since those early days of “Kissing the Blarney Stone”  I’ve been able to turn that tendency into an asset as a marketer and added “listening” to the mix aswell.

So Would you Blab

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What is the Customer Journey and How to Unlock it

I had an interesting conversation with a client recently about ‘naming the resistance’. We discussed how ‘naming the resistance’ to something can result in most challenges in a business (and indeed life) falling away. And once the resistance is named action often follows suit.

Know your Customer

In my experience, one of the greatest points of resistance in marketing terms for any businesses is it’s knowledge of their customer and more specifically that customer’s journey with them.

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Brand Effectiveness – Want to know how to measure it?

Brand is often perceived as an intangible that can’t be measured. It seems ambiguous and something that is often indescribable. Yet it is real and has a financially proven impact on the bottom line.

The Starbucks Effect

Before Starbucks we would have paid $0.50 for a coffee now we are buying a Starbucks Grande Latte for $3.65 in the U.S. And Dyson changed how we think about how much we pay for vacuum’s.

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The Lost Art of Competitor Analysis & How to Perfect it

As a practical marketing tool, competitor analysis is one of the most useful and most grounded. It identifies both the similarities and differences between players in the marketplace and most importantly it identifies clear gaps that have yet to be tapped and leveraged.

Find the Gap and Embrace Your Difference

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Branding Spotlight – What It Is and How to Do it Better.

Branding Spotlight by Finola Howard

So Let’s start with clearly identifying what Branding is and what it isn’t.

We all know the history of the term that originates with cattle branding as a way of clearly identifying ownership of herds. Time has moved on since then and so has branding and what it has come to represent. And with that of course comes misrepresentations and misconceptions too. 

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6 Steps to Positioning your Business to be more Successful

All great marketing is about great preparation. It’s the ability to ask the right questions, make the right deductions from the answers and carve a path that will move your business to where you want it to go.  It’s about positioning your business effectively in the marketplace.

Once you’ve done the work then your marketing will work. It really is that simple.

PositioningYourBusiness

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