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Marketing to Women: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Marketing to Women: How to Understand, Reach, and Increase Your Share of the Largest Market Segment Marti Barletta Kaplan Business (2002) How to Succeed in the World’s Largest Market Segment In this uniquely informative volume, Barletta answers three separate but related questions: “What makes women a worthwhile market?”, “Why market differently to women?” repeat business and evangelistic loyalty the GenderTrends™ Marketing Model

PrimeTime Women: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

PrimeTime Women: How to Win the Hearts, Minds, and Business of Boomer Big Spenders Marti Barletta Kaplan Publishing (2006) The nature and extent of a “prime marketing opportunity&# Those who have already read Marti Barletta’s Marketing to Women will welcome this sequel in which she develops in much greater depth her core concepts with regard [.].

Learning How to Make Market Segmentation Work Again

Harvard Business Review

For decades, marketers have segmented their target customers to get a read on who will buy a product or service. But if your firm is still doing traditional segmentation using demographic details or psychographic profiles , you may be wasting your money. Worse, your old segmentation may distract you from major shifts in customer behavior that could cost you your customer base. The only segmentation that matters today is your own. Customers Marketing Technology

How To Avoid Social Media Mistakes

Eric Jacobson

In his new book, Social Marketology , Ric Dragon , CEO of DragonSearch , recommends business leaders and marketing team leaders follow these eight tips to avoid making social media mistakes: Avoid mixing the technologies used for the organization's social media with individuals' personal accounts.

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You Priorities or Other People's Priorities

CEO Blog

I am going to be a bit ruder to be a bit saner. + “According to the National Floral Marketing Institute, men under the age of 35 spend $30 on flowers for Valentine ’s Day while, simultaneously, men between the ages of 45 and 60 spend 350% more.

You Priorities or Other People's Priorities

CEO Blog

I am going to be a bit ruder to be a bit saner. + “According to the National Floral Marketing Institute, men under the age of 35 spend $30 on flowers for Valentine ’s Day while, simultaneously, men between the ages of 45 and 60 spend 350% more.

Thoughts on Your Personal and Professional Success in the New Year

Management Excellence

I was truly gifted in 2011 to gain access to and work with and support some remarkable professionals across a number of different market segments…from high tech to professional services to manufacturing, and I learned something with every engagement and encounter.

Transformational Leadership

Coaching Tip

It is not corporate strategy , sales compensation plan , or the market segmentation. In the world of work, the single greatest asset of successful individuals, teams and organizations is their mindset --what happens in between their ears. It is what each leader, team member, and employee should focus on, believe and create for themselves and others.

Protecting Your Small Business: How to Cover the Basics

Strategy Driven

The market offers a lot of opportunities for small businesses to thrive at the moment. There are more chances to expand than ever before, despite many market uncertainties. You need to take the time to understand the laws in different markets you are operating in.

How to Drive Strategies By Assessing Your Company Capabilities

N2Growth Blog

What segment of the market do they serve? By market segment? Liquidity: What will be the immediate impact of an unexpected market downturn or product launch failure?

LeadershipNow 140: December 2015 Compilation

Leading Blog

You always want to be the market leader. If you can’t say that, shrink the market segment until you can. Here are a selection of tweets from December 2015 that you might have missed: Validate your beliefs by @scedmonds. The Founder of TOMS on Reimagining the Company’s Mission. Emotional Awareness by @RCKahn. Sometimes You Have to Look Back to Move Forward by @LollyDaskal. Leadership Beliefs: Are Yours Helping You Lead? by @KateNasser.

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Seven great pointers for a successful company strategy

Bernd Geropp

Define which market segments you will operate in, and which are best avoided. Tweet. Tweet Photo: miskolin/ resource: www.bigstock.com. Strategy is the art of doing the right things at the right moment. Do you have a written company strategy?

Influencers Wanted

Coaching Tip

The Internet has made it possible to also reach out to an almost limitless market, at any time, and usually for little cost. Engaging influencers ties closely with conventional concepts of market segmentation. . Making friends at the office has never been more rewarding.

Making Sense of Speed, Agility and Innovation

Leading Blog

There’s agile marketing, introduced by thought leaders at CMG. But if you could create a framework in which each of these activities were a vital component leading to a completely new way to compete, then you’d see a significant impact on your revenues, profits and market share. Maneuver stands in opposition to existing “attrition” strategy, where firms fight expensive battles over small differences in market share based on essentially similar products.

The Business Of Careers

The Leadership Advisor

They are developing themselves as a brand, they are marketing themselves to the market segment who is most likely to find value in that brand and they are constantly refining their strategy to move that brand forward in a way that is profitable and fulfills a long term goal/strategy.

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Think Rhythm: Put Thinking Time to Work

Coaching Tip

A common mistake is for companies to think about the market segments that they are in instead of understanding the person who really uses their products and services. "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst." William Penn.

The One GRAND Leadership Illusion That Sinks Organizations & Performance

The Empowered Buisness

It’s within your control to look for market segments or industries still in a growth mode. Leaders lie to themselves. And they don’t even realize it. . I know this statement may sound harsh at first.

7 Executive Coaching Types

CO2

In the past decade or so, coaching has become increasingly professional and leadership development is now the largest market segment. Life Coaching–This is a newer part of the coaching market, and does not have a significant corporate following either.

Who are you?

Coaching Tip

As personalization becomes ubiquitous, the segmented profiles that advertisers, publishers and even presidential candidates use to define us may become more pervasive and significant than the identities we use to define ourselves.

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What Are The Six Disciplines?

Six Disciplines

In this discipline, we help you to systematically review and renew your mission, values, market segments, competitive position, strategic position, vision, and agreeing what to stop doing. The Six Disciplines Methodology is a synchronized, systematic approach for building your business. It puts together into a single integrated step-by-step process - the "master process" that most companies do haphazardly at best - or at worst, not at all.

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Urban Outfitters' Drinking T-Shirts for Teens - What Were They Thinking?

Building Personal Strength

The company seems to have a handle on what this market segment likes. But take a look at these back-to-school fashions for young women: Maybe since most teenagers are still searching for their identity, preferably a cool one, perhaps the marketing geniuses at Urban Outfitters figured that a lot of young women would want to send the message that they're heavy into really cool adult behavior, like drinking alcohol. Have you ever bought anything from Urban Outfitters?

M&A Without Buying the Company

N2Growth Blog

In today’s market you can buy anything from a single note to an entire portfolio of debt (both performing and non-performing) at deep discounts. While this is not a market that everyone should dive into, there is substantial opportunity for exceptional returns for the right buyer. .

Customized Company Culture

Steve Farber

Researchers with Deloitte , for instance, found that “ mission-driven ” companies typically are first or second in their market segment, have 30 percent higher levels of innovation, and have 40 percent higher retention levels. When you’re building a culture that matters, the mission matters.

What the Best Nonprofits Know About Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Customers: Segment them differently. While most for-profit companies start with product and then subsequently segment customers based on profit potential (higher lifetime value and lower acquisition costs), the most successful nonprofits commit first to reaching an underserved population, which often includes higher acquisition costs and lower lifetime value. Marketing: Forge aligned partnerships. When markets function optimally, for-profit companies can achieve great things.

Business Model Generation : Blog | Executive Coaching | CO2 Partners

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Companies Are Reimagining Business Processes with Algorithms

Harvard Business Review

Every update or response to the market required multiple steps; it cost time and performance. Sometimes, by the time changes were in place, the market had already moved. For example, nearly half of the companies are using machine reengineering for marketing products and services.

The Health Care Industry Needs to Start Taking Women Seriously

Harvard Business Review

According to our report The Power of the Purse: Engaging Women Decision Makers for Healthy Outcomes , which was based on a multi-market survey of 9,218 respondents in the U.S., Women account for a significant chunk of the market.

What 40 Years of Research Reveals About the Difference Between Disruptive and Radical Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Entrants may target over-looked segments of the market with a product considered inferior by incumbent’s most-demanding customers and later move up-market as their product improves. Or, they may create markets where no market exists and turn non-consumers into consumers. To be disruptive, a business must first gain acceptance in the low end of the market, the segment by and large ignored by incumbents in lieu of more profitable high-end customers.

Industry Analysis Is Dead. What's Next?

Harvard Business Review

Among the paradoxes they observe is that market segments in many industries are fragmenting, even as global firms require increasingly large markets to drive growth and profitability. One of the most widely held beliefs in strategy is that variations in performance can often be explained by what industry a company competes in. A lot of our most cherished tools — five-forces analysis, the BCG portfolio matrix, and even SWOT analysis — rest on this assumption.

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How Leading Companies Build the Workforces They Need to Stay Ahead

Harvard Business Review

New innovations will change the basis of competition in many markets and alter the sources of advantage for most companies. In this world, insurance companies will require fewer actuaries and more data scientists — individuals with the ability to mine data to tailor insurance offers to specific market segments or even individuals. The strategic underpinnings of most companies’ workforce plans should change dramatically as a result of technological innovation.

Grow Your Business by Changing Habits

Harvard Business Review

These categories of products don't rely on focus groups because only visionaries can truly imagine their usefulness — they create entirely new habits and disrupt markets. And not every market segment needs to be invaded at the same time: iPhones and digital cameras certainly didn't work for every market segment right out of the gate. Consumer goods Marketing Product development

We Need to Expand the Definition of Disruptive Innovation

Harvard Business Review

” They also write that “disruptive innovations originate in low-end or new-market footholds.” ” Zipcar , the company I co-founded, qualifies as a disruptive innovation because it created a whole new market: demand for cars rented by the hour (as well as by the day).

How Mergers Change the Way Your Company Competes

Harvard Business Review

Traditionally, antitrust regulation has looked for whether a merger increased or decreased competition in a particular market. In the case of Baker Hughes and Halliburton’s planned merger a few years ago, the Justice Department detailed how it thought the amount of competition would rise or fall (mostly fall) in 30 market segments. Horizontal competition occurs when firms compete in the same market — this is the type of competition that comes to mind most often.

4 Things Your Innovation Efforts Shouldn’t Focus On

Harvard Business Review

Natura , a Brazilian cosmetics firm, produced a mother-baby product line that undercut Johnson & Johnson’s leading position in the baby market by linking Natura’s products with the Shantala method, a popular technique in Brazil for strengthening the bond between mother and infant through massage. Differentiation should be a prime motivator of any strategy; firms should always look to find an edge.

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Local Food or Less Meat? Data Tells The Real Story

Harvard Business Review

It's a market segment that has just about doubled in sales and number of outlets over the last decade. The idea of buying locally is not new, and farmers' markets have been big for years. In recent years, one part of the food business has rivaled organics as the hot growth area: "local" food (defined vaguely as coming from the same state or from less than 100 miles away, for example).

Three Innovation Lessons From India's Titan Watches

Harvard Business Review

The world's fifth largest watchmaker, it owns 60% of the Indian market, and has been growing robustly. As Bhat went through his presentation, I wrote down the following lessons: "Live" new markets.

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Where Disruptive Innovation Came From

Harvard Business Review

In particular, Christensen’s research offers a powerful lens for understanding why incumbents so often lose to upstarts attacking from the low end of the market. After a long and successful run, the theory of disruptive innovation has come under attack of late.

Get Your Budget Ready for the Upturn

Harvard Business Review

Position yourself in market segments that will grow. The recession eliminated some market segments and redefined others. This is the time to revisit the market spaces you occupy and position yourself to ride the uptick.

Measuring Your Employees’ Invisible Forms of Influence

Harvard Business Review

For the go-to-market segment, representing employees in sales and marketing functions, we found that top performers spent an average of 25 hours in their email and calendar per week, nearly 14 hours a week in internal collaboration, and about 12 hours a week in external collaboration. Second, high-potential individuals in the go-to-market group spent 34% more time with product and engineering groups than the team average.

Oil’s Fall Is a Challenge for Gulf Economies, but Also an Opportunity

Harvard Business Review

Saudi Arabia in particular is not only a major player on oil markets and within OPEC, but also the region’s largest economy that shares its vulnerability to sliding global oil prices with its smaller GCC neighbours.

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You Can Charge Women More, but Should You?

Harvard Business Review

It’s fair to ask how different costs for materials, packaging, and marketing were factored into the NYDCA’s analysis. “Charge what the market will bear,” after all, is the pricing mantra of business. If a specific segment will pay more, so be it.

Advanced Analytics Are Crucial to Digital Transformation - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business Review

Insurance carriers, which famously clung to decades-old legacy hardware and software, are wholeheartedly embracing analytics-driven systems to target profitable market segments, speed claims payments, reduce fraud, and increase the number and degree of fully automated processes. Organizations that thrive on change use data and analytics as a competitive asset.