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  • Apple’s Trust Disclosure as a Competitive Advantage

    Apple’s Trust Disclosure as a Competitive Advantage

    While this graphic (source: Reddit) shows the differences for messaging platforms, the difference is just as stark for browsers (Chrome vs all others), and search (Google vs all others.) And Android (vs iOS). And Google Assistant and Alexa (vs Siri). The question, however, isn't how "good" or "bad" a particular [More]

  • Losing Trust with Creepy Tracking

    Losing Trust with Creepy Tracking

    Perhaps even worse is the notification that pops up on your phone from a retailer or service provider when you go to a particular location. Many people are completely unaware that many "loyalty" apps track your location, sometimes 24h/day, then send that information to data brokers, who cross-reference this with [More]

  • Trust, Pain, and Price

    Trust, Pain, and Price

    Trust and Pain:With low trust and low pain, there is no need, and therefore no business that is available. And as the pain grows, high-trust competitors will scoop the business. With high trust, the spectrum is more palatable: the business is yours, with the proviso that price would reflect the [More]

  • Tactical Relationship Building: Give to Get

    Tactical Relationship Building: Give to Get

    The question though, is what happens when there isn't any interest. When you don't have the solution right then and there. Has all of your marketing effort and investment been a waste? Should one simply "give up" and move to the next prospect? Or... is there an alternative. (There is.) [More]

  • Transparency and Risks with Segment-of-One Marketing

    Transparency and Risks with Segment-of-One Marketing

    The conventional wisdom is that segment-of-one marketing is the logical outcome of big data, and that the gains (more relevant targeting, more effective ad buys, lower costs, higher sales, etc.) far outweigh the risks. But have they? As organizations move to more sophisticated data-oriented marketing, it is all too easy [More]

  • Self-Made Scandals and the Long Memory of Social Media

    Self-Made Scandals and the Long Memory of Social Media

    And then, an old picture crops up, or an embarrassing tweet, or a tone-deaf social media post is surfaced. When this happens, your reputation — and a lifetime of good work — goes out the window. Yes, disaster. Yes, people change over the years, so what you said (or posted) [More]

  • Fake vs Authentic Corporate Communications: Can We Do Better?

    Fake vs Authentic Corporate Communications: Can We Do Better?

    Sadly, many organizations (and some individuals) want the former, but their words and actions demonstrate the latter. Why? When it comes to marketing, there is always a strong linkage to emotion, with significant effort spent building visuals and writing engaging copy. But when it comes to operational corporate communications, too [More]

  • Building Trust: Main Character or Supporting Cast?

    Building Trust: Main Character or Supporting Cast?

    Every character in a script needs to see themselves as a main character. But the skill of the writer is to balance all of these "main" characters throughout the arc of the story, to hold the attention of the reader. This is an exceptionally important concept for those looking to [More]

  • When You Get Hacked

    When You Get Hacked

    While every situation is different, these action points will help you both recover… and reduce the risk going forward. Use this list as a checklist for when it happens, or as the basis for a plan you put together in advance.• Immediately change all of your passwords to strong passwords, [More]

  • Brand Balance: Personal vs Organizational Brands

    Brand Balance: Personal vs Organizational Brands

    Smart leaders (and boards) recognize that brand balance choices are as strategic a decision as any other marketing one. Here are the five levels of brand balance, and why each may have a role. Level Zero, Irrelevance: At this level, a leader's brand makes no difference, internally or externally. While [More]

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