Have you wondered why kids like birthday or Christmas presents so much? Or why teens and youths enjoy watching the latest “Lady Gaga” music video?
I believe that it is captured in a single word: Surprise.
What is the most important point in conceiving any strategic plan?
Is it being clear on your long-term strategic objectives (ie vision, mission and values)? Well, that’s certainly important as you must know where your destination is.
Human beings are naturally curious creatures.
Babies have an insatiable interest in whatever’s happening around them. They will see, hear, feel, smell, taste and even swallow their world.
“Personality not included” by Ogilvy Public Relations’ Rohit Bhargava is a seminal piece of work on marketing strategy. Unlike many other “guru texts” which I’ve read, Rohit nicely balances theory and technique, giving readers plenty of useful case studies and a framework that they can work on.
The central premise behind the book is that personality is the single most important element in one’s products, brands and company. In order to do so, companies should embrace their accidental spokespersons, ie customers, partners, employees or other stakeholders who are known to be vocal about the brand and the organisation. They should also loosen up overly rigid regulations that incite fear in their people, while still maintaining some semblance of control.
How to have your sushi and eat it without guilt.
When it comes to spending and saving, there are two extreme groups of people.
The first, also known as the “miserable misers”, will scrimp and save every single cent. Embracing the mantra of “saving for a rainy day”, they nickel and dime their expenses. Naturally, the few material possessions in their home normally hail from the bargain bin!
Courtesy of Psychology Today
One of the greatest sins committed by many marketers like myself is this – we like to pigeonhole people into boxes.
From demographics (age, sex, income, education, residential type), psychographics (alternative lifestylers, tech-savvy, adventurous, metro-sexuals), geographic (American, Middle Easterner) to ethnic (Chinese, Indian, Malay, Others), there are always convenient labels for us to understand our target audiences.
Albert Einstein was often lonely (image source)
In the increasingly interactive, urbanised and 24-by-7 connected world, there is value in unplugging oneself from the grid to spend time alone. With social technologies and smartphones constantly connecting us to others in our social sphere, such an imposed isolation may bring us much good. Having that “pause which refreshes” is important as it allows one’s mind, body and soul to rejuvenate themselves.
Often, the greatest inspiration comes from instances of isolation, unfettered by the crowding and conforming concerns of the community. Many of the great geniuses created their pièce de résistance alone, in a place where they can focus all their intellectual and emotional energies on the task at hand. Momentarily freed from the mutterings of mundanity, their are able to weave their magic and make that masterpiece of science, art, literature or religion.