January 7, 2013
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
Hello and Happy New Year to all. This is Richard Czerniawski of Brand Development Network International, Inc. On behalf of Mike Maloney, and myself, I’m bringing you a special podcast issue of DISPATCHES – Insights From the Marketing Front. We, at BDNI are dedicated to sharing our learning and experiences, gleaned from working with leadership companies and brands throughout the world, to “making marketing matter more.” This issue offers some potential “New Year’s Resolutions for Marketers” for your consideration.
New Year’s resolutions typically are about personal development and success. They’re about doing better or just doing different. “I resolve to:
- stay in closer contact with friends;
- finish writing that novel I started seven years ago;
- watch less television or play fewer video games;
- work longer and harder to get promoted;
and on, and on, and on. We make them but don’t always keep them. That’s because we require constant reminding, discipline and, probably, a modicum of success to keep us on track and motivated. They also require that we make the time, energy and commitment to turn our resolutions into reality. This is particularly difficult given the demands and busyness of life.
One of the areas high achievers make resolutions is in their work life. But, if you are like us then, perhaps, you have become enmeshed in the New Year before you had the opportunity to reflect on, and even make, your resolutions regarding your role as a marketer. If you haven’t made your resolutions, and even if you already have, here’s something for you to consider for 2013:
This year I resolve to:
Be, above all else, customer centric;
Resist attempts to reach out to all the customers in the category
but, instead, to carefully choose, marshal and focus available
resources against a select segment of customers;
Get beyond defining and engaging these customers based upon
superficial demographics, classifications and stereotypes.
Instead, I resolve to really get to know and
better appreciate my customers
so that I can better understand their needs and serve them
better than my competition;
In 2013 I resolve to become a Marketect,
in the manner of the late Steve Jobs,
in redefining the marketplace for my customers, to create brand loyalty;
To create a competitive brand positioning strategy
that disrupts the category and use it:
a) as the blueprint for directing the organization; and
b) to steward brand development by ensuring it is reflected
in everything we decide and do,
in order to firmly establish it in the marketplace;
To earn the trust of customers by providing “honest” products
at a fair value that balance price with benefits, and exercising
the highest code of ethics in all decisions and actions;
To devote myself to creating a bond between our customers
and the brand based upon my ability to anticipate their needs
and delight them in everything the organization does to deliver
on the brand promise;
To seek to get beyond “unsights” to
discover “legitimate” and “productive” customer insights
that reveal deep-seated truths, values and/or needs
our brand can better fulfill versus competition;
To transcend product features and attributes and
Focus on the experience we provide customers;
To think different,
challenge the conventional wisdom
in where, how and with what we engage our customers;
To encourage, seek and settle for nothing less than
BIG juicy Ideas that animate the brand and its positioning
to compel customer preference;
To coach versus evaluate the work of resource groups,
such as my agency,
so as to add value to the productivity of their work,
and all ideas and tactics we employ;
To take steps to enhance my personal development and capabilities
so I can realize my potential and make a difference for
the customer, brand and organization I serve;
To analyze and gain knowledge regarding the effectiveness (ROI)
of all the marketing mix elements and tactics I employ
in support of the brand;
To focus my energies and time on those critical, non-urgent activities
that will have a major impact on brand development and health
versus those non-critical, but urgent, activities that do little,
if anything, to serve customers and advance the brand;
To make my marketing matter more!
Note: If you would like a hard-copy of the resolutions, you may download one here in a format that is easily printed and suitable for framing if you so choose.
While the aforementioned suggestions may appear to be too many resolutions than anyone of us can possibly handle, they really focus around several areas and are interrelated. Specifically they deal with:
1. Being customer centric;
2. Becoming a Marketect;
3. Building and marketing healthy brands;
4. Championing BIG Ideas;
5. Marketing responsibly;
6. Enhancing your personal capabilities; and
7. Making your marketing matter more.
Come to think about it, this actually is more than a set of resolutions. It could be viewed as an operational code of conduct for brand marketers, serving to marry aspirational intentions in serving customers with imaginative and thoughtful strategies, and actions.
It might be a good idea to select the three you believe are most important that you are currently not addressing, and to adopt them as your resolutions for this New Year. Share this with your team and gain their input. Importantly, commit to achieving them on both a personal and organizational level.
If we can be of any service to you in brand related marketing matters such as: conducting training for your team; or assisting you in developing a Competitive Positioning; Discovering Legitimate and Productive Customer Insights; generating BIG juicy ideas and transforming them to winning concepts; or maybe you could use assistance in producing a strategically appropriate, single-minded Creative Brief; or creating a world class marketing plan driven and linked by objectives, or other important areas to make your marketing matter, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Richard Czerniawski, at 800 255-9831 or simply reply to this DISPATCHES email.
On behalf of Mike Maloney, the BDNI team, and myself, Richard Czerniawski, thanks for your attention and best wishes to each of you in making marketing matter more in this New Year.
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