Category Archives: Brand Strategy

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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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

When was the last time you read your mission statement? Exactly! Don’t waste time writing or refining it. Instead, spend time crafting your elevator pitch for all to use so customers & employees easily understand what you do.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Social Media

If you’re pursuing a global B2B strategy, the best marketing value is in a strong social media campaign that utilizes relevant hashtags and keywords so that followers of those get notified of your posts too.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Brand Strategy

Here’s a secret…most brand experts have no idea what a brand is. They think it’s like a cattle brand, having to do with color, typeface, graphic style and look.  Sorry, but a brand is your promise about a product, service or solution that you deliver consistently. Anybody can have a color. Only your company has its unique promise.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Social Media

Speaking of branding…are your company’s social media handles all the same or do you have one for Twitter and a different one for LinkedIn? Coordinate them to make it easier for customers to remember you and find you in social media.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Low tech idea – the power of the handwritten thank you note. Nothing enhances your personal brand and top of mind awareness like the handwritten note. Virtually no one does it which is why it stands out and makes you stand out.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Branding

#startups may want to be trendy and clever in their advertising when their industry calls for solid and secure.  Or vice versa.  Take care not to let your ad message confuse your brand image in the minds of your market.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Strategic Planning

Are you in the process of evolving an entrepreneurial business or start-up?  Be careful that when you refine your brand you don’t lose authenticity.  In most cases, it’s important to preserve the culture that has made you successful.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Advertising

Never underestimate the power of a handwritten note card.  When was the last time you received one? You remember it. Use them for a powerful way to communicate thanks, satisfaction, appreciation, etc.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Startups

Your #startups may have little money, but remember that it is competing against companies that are more established. They also establish a level of graphic and brand quality that you must meet to be taken seriously.

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Leo’s Daily Tip – Today, On Public Relations

Companies need to promote themselves but don’t overlook your c-suite executives, scientists and phd’s.  Make them thought leaders in their/your field using a fusion of #publicrelations and #socialmedia to make people prefer doing business with your firm.

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Leo’s Daily Advertising Tip – On Branding

#Brand your company with the authentic. Customers easily distinguish where your brand is relative to the fine line between overly polished and the real essence of your entity #branding

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Leo’s Daily Advertising Tip – On Social Media

Photo and production quality are important, but in this 24/7 social media world timeliness is more important. Example, post a cell phone photo of a field installation now rather than wait for a pro photo.

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