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.
We live in times of great change. Or so we are told. Headlines blast messages about clashes between tribes, civilisations, political factions, East and West. We are told that unless we abstain from eating meat, flying or enjoying other modern amenities, the planet is doomed. We live in times of trouble. Of crossroads. Of signs of decline. We live in special times. In turn, future thinking is often reduced to people having opinions about other people’s opinions.
As opposed to manifesto, in manifesto many small ideas are created to inspire one person, your- self. By sharing the vision of the future, we can avoid telling stories and instead strive to surround ourselves with as many strange, conflicting ideas that we can in order to immerse ourselves in future possibilities and possible futures. Incorporating recognisable examples, Minifesto will illustrate how the world changes when a single individual does something new.
This book deals with networking and asks the question: Do you have the nerve not to use - or not to learn to use - networking in business and in your private life? It is a well-documented fact that what we want and desire is more easily achieved when we understand how to build the right relationships. Networking is basically the exchange of a wide range of services - and the most precious insurance in your private life and your career. This highly practical and accessible book will help anyone understand the power of networking quickly through face-to-face meeting and social media, as well as how they can use it as a way to enhance their prospects.
Author: Simone Andersen
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).
Authors: Rafael Zaragozá and Juan Gasca
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.
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.
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
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
What makes a great salesperson? What beliefs, attitudes and behaviours are linked to being a top performer? What impact does culture, industry and sales context have? And does a formal sales methodology or process make a difference?
This book is for any sales professional, or indeed anyone involved in the sales process of their company, who wants to learn the secrets of successful selling. Based on interviews and analysis (qualitative and quantitative) of 300 of the world’s leading salespeople, across a mix of industries, cultures and context, the authors present the most rigorous evaluation of how salespeople behave and how they are driven. In doing so, they reveal the secret code behind consistent and high-level success in sales.
Authors: Ian Mills, Mark Ridley, Ben Laker & Tim Chapman
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