Building Brands

Tom Marin is the managing partner of MarketCues.com and provides corporate and brand strategy to organizations of all sizes. He has an extensive background in the graphic arts, printing, publishing and media industries. Marin is an accredited member of the national and international chapters of the Business Marketing Assn., is a (CBC) certified business communicator and a past marketing chair of the Chicago chapter.

Making the brand review an ongoing practice of your organization will ensure it stays current and relevant in the market—not something you have to do, but something you want to do. That’s how the pros think about brand reviews and how they keep their brands in leadership positions.

Much of the time our assumptions of what a market will value are not correct. This is often difficult to deal with by a leader who is not trained in the art of listening! What makes sense though is to find the "keys" that will unlock your organization’s true strengths and listening helps you find them.

If your core value drives your organization to be better and do better, then what you make or provide will have even more value to those you serve. Just talking about ideas doesn’t prove a thing other than proving you’re very smart. Putting your ideas into the hands of those you serve with honesty and transparency increases your value today and into the future.

Regardless of the type of business you run, your company’s ability to create new customer relationships is the lifeblood that will keep your company growing—not to mention profitable.

Websites are supposed to bring prospects to your company and assist you in turning them into clients, but in many cases they actually are killing these chances. So why does this happen so much of the time and what can you do about it is the million-dollar question.

Thinking there’s no foolproof system for avoiding marketing missteps completely is not a realistic expectation, but there are certain warning signs you can watch out for as you prepare your next marketing campaign.

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