I picked up a print edition of the Houston Chronicle today, and it was so refreshing to read about a local car dealership who is interested in the customer experience and their community. Many companies give these words lip service, but Tomball Ford is shouting it out and backing it up with their actions.Read More
Top performing companies are ones who focus on their purpose (the reason why they exist as a company) and empower each employee to deliver on that purpose. Employees who are engaged in their company’s purpose perform better than those focused on meaningless performance evaluations. It’s how your company will thrive in both good economies and bad.
Let’s contrast this with Microsoft’s current practice on employee performance – one that mirrors the same demoralizing bell curve grading system that we hated in school. No need to worry about teamwork or group success. And let’s forget about employee empowerment.Read More
When marketing our companies, we seem to have an incurable itch to put everything and the kitchen sink into our communications. We erroneously believe that the more we tell our audiences, the better they will understand why they need our products and services.
In a world of message and image overload, we must resist the urge to “cram it all in.” Trying to show and say as much as we can in an ad, a brochure, a flyer, a video, a power point, or a website, leaves our audiences frustrated and confused. If they do not quickly connect with what we believe and the benefits we offer, they will take nothing away from our efforts. This results in a lot of wasted time and money.Read More
I can’t help but wonder about the new JCPenney brand strategy. When the company hired Ron Johnson last year I was sure he was brought onboard to share how he helped Target transform their brand into a “cool” place to shop. Or perhaps he was recruited by this well-loved retailer to shed light on how he positively impacted the Apple retail shopping experience. Although the new advertising for JCPenney has been intriguing, it seems to be making promises that do not match the shopping experience.Read More