Understanding the goals of the world of business and dealing with the development of new solutions calls for a basic ingredient: creativity. And yet, just being, or wanting to be creative is not enough – it is essential to train and develop this ability in order to achieve results. In other words, we need a guide to show us the way and provide us with the tools needed to progress. Designpedia is an essential manual for Design Thinking which brings together all the tools you need to achieve innovation and entrepreneurship goals and is organised around four basic processes: mapping, exploring, building and testing. It also reveals how, as long as you use the right tools, you can create original and effective solutions. Includes case studies to show how this is working for big companies (Orange or BBVA) as well as startups (Dovase or Bydsea).
The realm of the “personal” is now increasingly touched by technology – especially the Internet. For example, sleep is now something we do in between checking our smartphones. Our relationship to food and eating has changed too. Home delivery, restaurant search, table bookings – these have all been elevated to a high level skill-set which is part-entertainment, part-electronic processing. And travel is now a finger-clicking exercise with precision timing.
This readjustment of our daily routine has had one significant effect: it has taught individuals a range of skills that would normally be in the domain of businesses. Ordinary people now behave as businesses do by using buying strategies to get costs down. We now have expectations of quality and delivery. In fact, we have become so business-like as individuals that marketers need to get rid of the processes of “Business-to-Consumer” communication, and begin to adopt the rules of “Business-to-Business” when talking to consumers. Such change of our lives is an explosion of the new – new thinking, new business, new relationships, new selling, new buying, new leisure, new humans.
The advertising industry has reached a critical and dangerous point in its development – agencies destroy themselves by doing increased work for declining fees. So what are the logical consequences of the failure to act? Growing workloads and declining fees have created a "recipe for disaster." For the first time, Michael Farmer offers a solution to avoid this seemingly inevitable disaster. This book offers the world’s first effective definition of "the real agency problem." Once the problem is understood, the author offers corrective solutions.
Now in its third edition, Madison Avenue Manslaughter has been updated to include industry developments from 2017-2018, plus new material and chapters. This book is a call to action for the 21st century breed of "mad men," which outlines the industry problems and encourages agencies and their clients to take management actions to keep this disaster at bay. These actions form the basis of a strategic response by agency CEOs as well as corporate chief marketing officers.
Author: Michael Farmer
In 1862, in the city of Santiago de Cuba, a family-owned business purchased a distillery, producing the first bottle of what would become known as BACARDÍ rum. In the years that followed, Bacardi expanded to become a globally recognized household name, renowned for its premium quality white rum.
The Rise of Bacardi tells the story of the Bacardi company, from its origins in the mid-19th century to its expansion in the early 20th to its international acclaim as the world's leading manufacturer of spirits today. This is the story of a company, but it is also the story of a family who has faced political and societal upheaval, from the Spanish American War to American Prohibition and the Cuban Revolution, and has continued to go from strength to strength over the last 150 years. As a member of the Bacardí family and former employee of the company, Jorge Del Rosal provides a unique insider's point of view in parallel to his own story as the company expanded in the latter half of the 20th century to today.
This book presents a manifesto for the changing face of advertising. But rather than a revolution, this change is more of an evolution. Creative thought has to evolve, creative professionals have to evolve and therefore advertising agencies, too, have to evolve. Leading advertising practitioner Emanuele Nenna provides ideas and direction for this evolution in this timely and important book for everyone involved in the advertising sector.
This book is about icons – exceptional organizations (orchestras, restaurants, sports teams or companies) with an aspiration to make or do something special, and to go on doing so, year in, year out for decades. This is what gives these organizations their undeniably iconic status.
By selecting 14 iconic organizations (including ElBulli, McKinsey, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Procter & Gamble, the All Blacks) and researching what characteristics make them different from others, the authors discovered a “competency spiral” which these organizations exhibit in their success. Attracting and retaining the right people; forging individuals into a team; and achieving outstanding results, time after time, through continuous improvement and adjustment – these are the key competencies required to achieve iconic status.
Author: Xavier Bekaert, Gillis Jonk, Jan Raes & Phebo Wibbens
Consumer loyalty in the twenty-first century values trust, transparency, communication and authenticity. Holistic Branding explores the art of making a strong emotional connection from your organization and culture in order to drive your business forward. Direct in its approach, the book argues that everything from hiring employees to your consumer message must be in line with the company's brand.
Broken down into four easily accessible and digestible parts, Holistic Branding is an essential book for leaders and business people interested in creating a dynamic and authentic brand that stands apart from its competitors in our highly competitive consumer age.
Author: Jodi Oridioni
What if you could get people to listen to you in every situation? And in addition, get them to want to listen? Would that make life easier? Rhetoric is not the art of speaking - it is the art of getting others to listen. This book does not deal with the history of rhetoric - nor is it a book that teaches you how to 'talk nicely' - as many people might think when they hear the word 'rhetoric'. This book will teach you to speak effectively and increase the motivation of your listeners. Teaching you how to be professional and personal, without being private. Elaine shares her own experiences, and suggests with humour and warmth how to tackle difficult situations. Selling 60,000 copies in Sweden, this revised edition boasts completely new examples and rhetorical tricks.
The power of a good story has long been recognised.
It seems that, as a race, we humans love a good story. But stories aren’t just for pure enjoyment - they have long been a powerful tool for teaching. This book is an alternative to traditional marketing handbook. Rather than a textbook, it is an enjoyable “story-book” that brings to life some of the key principles of marketing in an easy-to-read, accessible form. Some of these stories are quite remarkable and almost unbelievable; but all are true and remind marketers and businesspeople that the best marketing is something which people tell others about and retell over many years.
How to Buy a Gorilla presents a new agency relationship paradigm for marketers to get better-value advertising ideas from their agencies. In this book, David Meikle examines the existing paradigms of the working and commercial relationships between marketing, procurement and agencies, and offers a new approach to how they can collaborate in more trusting, more productive and more effective ways. This is a well-informed exploration of the eternal triangle of marketing, agency and procurement, and will provide valuable guidance and insights to anyone involved in the purchase, management or creation of advertising.
From Brexit to Trump, communication has never clearly been so influential, continually centre stage in influencing our hearts, minds and essentially the narrative of our civilisation. We are surrounded by the impact of good and bad communication, both in our own lives and in the world stage. And we are swayed, even against better judgement by persuasive communicators. This book will give people simple usable tools to improve and enrich their communication in 5 key areas, so they feel more confident and effective in meetings, presentations, interviews, social situations and can even have arguments more effectively! For the very first time, readers will be able to read about and apply a unique methodology that has been taught successfully to hundreds of happy clients since 2008 - and the opportunity to experience gems from that method at a fraction of the price of a session.
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