Preparing For The Coming “Age Of The Robots”

Tweet   Its quite amazing to recollect but eighteen years ago I sat in a darkened movie theatre, warm popcorn in my lap, and fidgeted like a giddy teenager watching Canadian acting legend Keanu Reeves (truth!) kick the proverbial ass of Agent Smith in a little movie called “The Matrix”. That little movie, and the […]

Culture, Strategy & The Turmoil of M&A

Tweet   Another week. Another deluge of press releases announcing another mega-merger. This time between Heinz and Kraft. Inevitably the press releases read like a playbook of PR buzzword bingo. Synergies Complementary competencies Economies of scale And the phrase so beloved of Wall Street analysts….Efficiencies. Efficiencies. Such a benign word in print. Not so benign […]

Measuring Purpose. The next key business imperative

Tweet In the first article in this series on purpose, we looked at the nature of purpose and espoused the view that purpose has two facets: functional (where it describes what the company must get done); and intentional (where it articulates what the company would like to see change in the wider world.) In this […]

How Winning Brands balance Purpose and Profit

Tweet   There are those who continue to frame the role of business in purely commercial terms. Business is hard enough, and the demands of shareholders and the markets so insistent, these people say, that companies need to avoid the ‘distractions’ of infusing a moral platform into what they do. They should just get on […]

20 Signs That You Might Be A Redneck Marketer

Tweet Insomnia can be a real killer. Rather than tossing and turning in bed incurring the wrath of my wife, it means late nights watching infomercials and re-runs on the TV. Counter to popular belief, it seldom means inspiration and creative breakthroughs. But then there’s the rare occasion when planets align… 2am the other night […]

Scale and Personalization. Two opposing forces in building brand purpose

Tweet One of my favourite business quotations has to be “With great power comes great responsibility” Okay okay I acknowledge that Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben isn’t Peter Drucker or Michael Porter but the core of that statement couldn’t be more true of today’s marketer. An old friend breaks it down like this. Marketers really have […]

Challenger, Cult or Citizen? What type of brand are you building?

Tweet In the heady days of the dot-com boom I moved to New York to run the Enron business at Ogilvy. Yes, you can blame the entire global meltdown on me. As I struggled to make sense of this new type of business, I drew heavily on two books that now hold real sentimental value […]

Good Will Hunting and how to be a better Planner

Tweet I’ve always thought Will Hunting would make a brilliant creative planner. Forget the photographic memory and retention (who wouldn’t want that??). Or the deep ethnographic insight from living and working in some of Boston’s toughest areas. It isn’t even the off-the-charts IQ, which is always helpful. It’s his attitude to reading. In his first […]

Brand Purpose, Simon Sinek and the state of Canadian brands

Tweet The business world is awash with debates and discussions about brand purpose. Who has it. Who appears to NOT have it. I don’t believe there is a more important discussion to be having as a marketer or brand leader. Like you, I spent much of the December holidays cramming in some reading (between trips […]

Amazon, Anchormen and Asymmetrical Marketing

Tweet Tip of the hat to Jeff Bezos. A new “behind the scenes” book coming out. Some pretty decent share price figures. And, arguably, the Retail sector PR coup of the year. Coverage on CBS networks “60 Minutes” last night unveiled “an exclusive that will blow you away”. Mini drones from Amazon capable of delivering […]