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It's anyone's guess when the recession bottoms out and we get back to growth.  Rather than remain in a "state" of denial - like California did for too long - or adopt a hunker down mentality - "let's just ride this one out" - as many companies have, there's a middle path of taking proactive measures steps now, so that when growth reappears, your company is better positioned to gain an unfair share of the increased customer demand that will be there to harvest.  Here are a few considerations to come out will your guns ablazing. Get back to basics.  One of my colleagues recently said to me, "since when did marketing strategy become an oxymoron?"  What he meant by this remarks is that the recession is causing many marketers to start changing strategies on the fly and resort to strategy-de-jour or reactive tactics at the expense of strategy.  Doing so runs the risk tha... (more)

Selling the “Strategy Imperative” to the CEO

Given all the pressure to deliver "in quarter" results, it's becoming increasingly difficult to get executive attention on strategy formation and/or re-examination.   Executive energy is largely consumed with driving operational excellence and available "cycles' are devoted to sales and growth initiatives designed to drive near-term, measurable improvements in sales and/or profitability.  It makes sense given we are still "heads down" working our way out of an enduring global recession. Nevertheless, there's a risk that by ignoring meaningful strategy formulation today, your com... (more)

Technology Brand Development Essentials

Having created and shaped several successful brands over the past decade, including FrontBridge (acquired by Microsoft) and FileNet (acquired by IBM), there are a few fundamentals that are key to successful brand development. It has to start at the top with the CEO supporting an investment in branding and disciplined brand management. Without that, it’s a non-starter. Given technology companies are continuously innovating and changing products, the brand strategy has to be differentiated and relevant to target markets and the executional guidelines have to be consistently applied... (more)

How to Successfully Brand or Rebrand a Company

Q/A with Pega CMO Grant Johnson, appearing on Rieches Baird’s “Branding Business” Radio Show   Ray Baird: Obviously you’ve built many successful brands and re-branded many companies over the years. What’s your secret and what can our listeners learn from your experience: Grant  Johnson: Having done re-branding successfully for nearly two decades, the first key principle is to tightly define the drivers and key objectives.  Are we looking for a brand refresh or brand transformation?  When I arrived at a company named Big Fish, I needed to drive a transformation which included a... (more)

Is Your Brand Architecture a Foundation or a Façade?

If you haven't revisited your brand architecture in more than a year, it's likely what you're building is a façade, rather than reinforcing a foundation.  Because technology and innovation are inextricably linked, tech companies are continuously introducing new products and services, and in most cases, adding brands and sub-brands into their product portfolios.  Over time, even a sound architecture can begin to crumble under the strain of too many overlapping brand layers. It's not as if tech marketers are trying to create brand disorder and chaos, it's just that  inattention to... (more)