Personal Clout vs. Company Clout: Our People Are Our Most Important Source of Influence

Jun 11, 2013

Somewhere in America, a business leader is standing in front of an audience prepared to use the phrase, “Our most important asset is our people.” Do you think they really mean it? What about other key assets, for example:

1. Real estate
2. Rights to natural resources like oil and gas
3. Cash reserves
4. Patents
5. The corporate brand

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Tags: branding, Blog, facebook, Twitter, trust, credibility, Klout, social influence, marketing, Kred, corporate branding, personal branding, social media

Engaging Employees as Brand Ambassadors

Apr 18, 2013

The proliferation of information has empowered consumers like never before. There are all kinds of third-party resources at their fingertips for them to get the skinny on brands, products and services, and more ways than ever before for them to share their own experiences and opinions about those same brands, products and services as well. The scary thing about this for marketers and CEOs isn’t that so much information as out there, it’s that this information is unregulated and unfiltered. They feel they’ve lost control of their message, and to a point, they have. But the real issue managers and leaders should be concerned with isn’t control- it’s communication.

Consumers no longer have to go on your word as a business, but that doesn’t render your word meaningless. According to the Edelman 2013 Trust Barometer, the way businesses need to communicate their message has changed greatly. Influence no longer takes place as a fixed monologue dictated by the few with goal of control. Instead, it’s flexible dialogue co-created by many that is all about empowerment.

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Tags: branding, Blog, trust, messaging, brand advocacy, employee engagement, MRM, marketing technology, marketing resource management

How Much Do Consumers Really Trust You? (And What to Do About It)

Mar 26, 2013

Whether it’s trust in the product, trust in the brand, trust in the content or trust in the person making the pitch, trust is the vital element upon which nearly all deals are made. But as statistics show, trust is hard to come by these days. So where do consumer attitudes toward businesses stand, and what can businesses do to change those attitudes?

Trust issues

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Tags: branding, Blog, internet marketing, risk, bank marketing, trust, rapport, messaging, credibility, financial services, marketing campaign

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