Brand leaders must know a little of everything

It amazes me how few people understand what a marketer really does. Even those who work beside us, who might work in sales or at our agency. Plenty of times, I have stopped them and asked, “do you know what we do?” And, their answer kinda shocked me. Wait, it scared me. The ideal brand leader has to be a well-rounded generalist, knowing enough about everything they come in contact with, but never an expert. 

Brand leaders need to know how to think, define, plan, execute and analyze with the best of them. They are surrounded by experts. 

Moreover, while the brand leaders don’t really know how to do anything, they are looked upon to make every decision. No one else at the table wants to or can decide. Essentially, a brand leader’s greatness comes from the greatness of those around them.

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Marketing Excellence

We empower the ambitious to achieve the extraordinary

Without a doubt, I see our role is to help the ambitious marketers who are trying to improve their skills. In most cases, we hope to challenge your thinking so you become a smarter marketer. Most importantly, our purpose is to find ways to help you reach your full potential. We provide the tools, templates, processes, and provocative thoughts. 

Undoubtably, everyone learns their own way. With this in mind, we provide numerous brand stories to engage on our Beloved Brands site

Moreover, we provide brand templates that help you run your brand. For instance, you can find templates for marketing plans, brand positioning, creative briefs, and business reviews. Altogether, we offer brand toolkits with all the presentation slides you need. 

Our marketing training programs cover different streams to suit the type of marketer you are. For instance, our marketing training covers consumer marketing, B2B marketing, and Healthcare marketing. 

Finally, I wrote our brand playbooks to help you build a brand that your consumers will love. 

The fundamentals of marketing matter

The marketing fundamentals that we show in this article are part of what we use in our marketing training programs. Ambitious marketers will learn about strategic thinking, brand positioning, brand plans, writing creative briefs, advertising decision-making, marketing analytics, and marketing finance

Importantly, when you invest in our marketing training program, you will help your team gain the marketing skills they need to succeed. Without a doubt, you will see your people make smarter decisions and produce exceptional work that drives business growth. 

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Strategic Thinking

How to win with smart strategic thinking

First, challenge yourself to think strategically, to ask the right questions before you reach for solutions. Our thinking tools force you to look at strategy in a holistic way. Essentially, you must assess your brand’s core strength, the relationship with consumers, competitive stance you take, and business situation. Next, brand leaders need to be capable of leading a well-thought strategic discussion across your organization or winning any strategic argument with your management team. Then, learn to apply your vision, to focus your resources on identified opportunities that create a market impact you can transform into a performance result for your brand. 

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Brand Positioning

How to define a winning brand positioning

To start, you need to understand how to define and focus on an ideal consumer target profile, framed with need states, consumer insights and the consumer enemies. Then, brand leaders need to take a consumer centric approach to turn brand features into functional and emotional benefits. Next, use our innovative benefit cheat sheets to make decisions. And, learn how to find a winning brand positioning space that is own-able and motivating to consumers. Develop a brand idea that can focus every everyone who works on your brand. Finally, you will learn to write brand concepts, brand stories, and a credo. 

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Brand Positioning video lesson

Our brand positioning statement video shows how to use our functional benefit cheatsheet and our emotional benefit cheatsheet to help build the ideal brand positioning statement. 

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Marketing Plan

How to build a marketing plan everyone can follow

We teach the best-in-class methods for coming up with all elements of a smart brand plan including the vision, purpose, goals, issues, strategies, and tactics. Clearly, you need to know how to turn strategic thinking into smart strategic objective statements for the brand plan. 

Indeed, with our brand training program, brand leaders will walk away with brand plan templates that will help you build a brand plan presentation you can use for your senior management and across organization. Importantly, we show how to develop smart execution plans that delivers against the brand strategies, including a brand communications plan, innovation plan and sales plans

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Brand strategy statements video lesson

Watch our video to see how we use our five elements of strategy to structure our thinking. And, then build the brand strategy statements that we can easily explain to others. Indeed, these form the foundation of the plan. 

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Advertising decisions

How to inspire creative advertising decision

You need to know how to write strategic, focused and thorough creative briefs that will create great work from experts. You need to be able to run the project management of the process so you will be able to lead all marketing execution projects on brand communication, innovation, selling or experience. Undoubtedly, Brand leaders need to learn to inspire greatness from teams of experts at execution agencies or throughout your organization. Importantly, learn to engage your instincts to judge marketing execution and make smart marketing execution decisions that will tighten the bond with consumers.

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Brand Analytics

How to use analytics to uncover brand issues

You have to understand all sources of brand data, including market share, brand funnel, consumption, tracking results, and financials. Challenge yourself on the principles of analytics so you dig deep into data, draws comparisons and builds a story toward the business conclusion. Brand leaders need to be able to lead a best-in-class deep-dive business review that looks at the marketplace, consumers, channel, competitors and the brand. We provide templates for the deep-dive business review, and monthly performance reports that will help trigger new key issues and strategic thinking.

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Marketing Skills

The best marketers are able to think, define, plan, execute, and analyze. In the presentation below, explore the 20 core marketing skills. Our brand training goes through four skills for each of strategic thinking, brand positioning, marketing plans, marketing execution, and brand analytics. 

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Marketing Excellence

We empower the ambitious to achieve the extraordinary

Without a doubt, I see our role is to help the ambitious marketers who are trying to improve their skills. In most cases, we hope to challenge your thinking so you become a smarter marketer. Most importantly, our purpose is to find ways to help you reach your full potential. We provide the tools, templates, processes, and provocative thoughts. 

Undoubtably, everyone learns their own way. With this in mind, we provide numerous brand stories to engage on our Beloved Brands site

Moreover, we provide brand templates that help you run your brand. For instance, you can find templates for marketing plans, brand positioning, creative briefs, and business reviews. Altogether, we offer brand toolkits with all the presentation slides you need. 

Our marketing training programs cover different streams to suit the type of marketer you are. For instance, our marketing training covers consumer marketing, B2B marketing, and Healthcare marketing. 

Finally, I wrote our brand playbooks to help you build a brand that your consumers will love. 

The fundamentals of marketing matter

The marketing fundamentals that we show in this article are part of what we use in our marketing training programs. Ambitious marketers will learn about strategic thinking, brand positioning, brand plans, writing creative briefs, advertising decision-making, marketing analytics, and marketing finance

Importantly, when you invest in our marketing training program, you will help your team gain the marketing skills they need to succeed. Without a doubt, you will see your people make smarter decisions and produce exceptional work that drives business growth. 

We believe that marketers learn best when they see our marketing concepts applied to brands that look like their own. And, we have come up with specific examples – consumer, B2B and healthcare – to showcase our marketing tools. To view, click on the icon below to choose your interest area.

Brand Management Mini MBA

Invest in your future. If you are an ambitious marketer, looking to solidify your marketing skills, our Brand Management Mini MBA will teach you about strategic thinking, brand positioning, brand plans, advertising decisions, and marketing analytics. 

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You get 36 training videos and our Brand Toolkit ($200 value) that has over 120 PowerPoint slides you can use for presentations on brand plans, brand positioning, and business reviews. Moreover, we provide key chapters from our Beloved Brands Playbook. And, we include a Brand Management Workbook with exercises to try in real-time. Importantly, you will earn a certificate you can use on your resume or LinkedIn profile. 

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Marketing Book

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the playbook for how to create a brand your consumers will love

With our Beloved Brands playbook, you will learn how to think strategically, define your brand positioning, write a marketing plan, make execution decisions, and analyze your brand. Our readers tell us they reach for Beloved Brands as a reference tool to help them with the day-to-day management of their brand. We are proud that 89% of online reviewers have given Beloved Brands a 5-star rating. As a result, Beloved Brands has been a #1 bestseller in brand management. We also have the B2B Brands playbook and our Healthcare Brands playbook

Marketing Training

The smarter your team, the better the results you will see!

If you are running a marketing team, your will always benefit from having a smarter team. When you invest in our marketing training program, you will help your team gain the marketing skills they need to succeed. As a result, you will see them make smarter decisions and produce exceptional work that drives business growth. 

We have designed our marketing training program to build the fundamental skills that will help your team reach their full potential. We will work with your team to help them learn take on Strategic Thinking, Brand Positioning, Marketing Planning, Marketing Execution, and Brand Analytics. 

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