Category Archives: Brand Strategy

Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Brand Strategy

Speaking of logos, here is a good test. Put your logo next to some of your competitors plus the 2 or 3 largest companies in your field. How does it compare? Perhaps it’s time to discuss a new one?

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Branding

When was the last time you took an objective look at your logo? What image does it communicate-none, fancy, old-fashioned, weak, bold, powerful, capable? Have you thought about what image you want it to communicate about your company?

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Social Media

What social media platforms do you use?  Double-check your profile to make sure it features a way people can get in touch with you.  If not, you may be missing some valuable opportunities.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Quotation from Leo: “People are not just sitting around waiting for your ad or message to come in.” Recognize that concept and the skill it takes to get their attention and move it to accomplishing the action you desire.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Branding

A great way to get people to remember you and your company is with sound. Even B2B companies can have an audio icon at the start of their Webpage or other opportunities. It makes it easy for customers and prospects to think of you.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Advertising

Case studies are often dull because they are too technical.  Better to write them as you would an interesting story with a problem and solution so prospects want to reac more and often find the source of the success

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Brainstorming sessions, retreats and other activities can generate new ideas but the perspective is still from within the existing paradigm.  More effective can be getting an outside firm, consultant or advisor to suggest evolution.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

A product advantage isn’t always about adding quality or features to the item itself. Often superior service or dependability adds value, such as ease of ordering, quick shipping, knowledgeable customer service people, etc.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Brand Strategy

Is it time to reinvent or refresh your brand? Listen to your own sales pitch and review the message your Website delivers? What is your current brand promise to potential customers? Do you even have a promise? Is it relevant in today’s market place?

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Brand Strategy

It’s not enough to have a brand, you need a product uniqueness. Just got a new client who is known in the industry, but when asked about product differentiators, there was nothing they did uniquely over the competition. Glad they found us.

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Leo’s Daily Tip-Today, On Brand Strategy

To one company, “milk is milk”. To a savvy marketing company, “milk is alfalfa fed to relaxed cows who are free to graze”. Which product would you prefer? Look into the little things that competitors don’t discuss but may differentiate your product.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Advertising

Don’t make prospective customers work to figure out why your product will be good for them, when reading your advertising. Instead of having a message that tells about your product, craft the message in terms that tell how your product will benefit them.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Advertising

 I was discussing a new ad national ad campaign by a major advertiser and we were all well aware of the creative concept, but could not remember the company. Lesson: don’t get too clever – it’s best to blend in your brand identity with your creative.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

The holiday season just passed. Did you write thank you notes for gifts and to people who were generous to you during the year? No? Hint: neither did your competition.  So if you write them, imagine how you’ll stand out and reinforce your very positive brand/image.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

How important is marketing to your organization?  For example, do you have a marketing person on your board or advisory council?  Most boards load up with financial and operations people and have little marketing guidance from that level.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – On Strategic Planning

Winning CEO’s put a value on creativity. They understand the mediocrity out there and that standing out means message crafting, doing something creatively.  Hint…In-house teams are almost never creative.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Advertising

Make a New Year’s resolution to invest in good photography and graphics that is unique to your company and products/services. Visuals are the best way to make your company stand out in social media feeds to get your message noticed.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

What do you take for granted about your company, your products and the way you do business that is superior or distinctive from your competition. I’m not talking about the generic “we REALLY care about our customers” BS.  Stand back and figure out a couple of things that make a difference.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Social Media

We often hear clients say that their customers don’t use social media. Don’t just assume…ask customers if they use social media, which media,  how else do they research information/products, how do subordinates do research and more.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Advertising

Try reverse messaging – as important as it is to tell what you or your product does, think about what you or your product doesn’t do to as an advantage for customers.

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