Posts Tagged ‘influencing purchase decisions’

Why Lawyers Wear Suits

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

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Baker Botts LLP has just taken the lead in Houston. The city’s third largest law firm has formally adopted a return to a traditional dress code. The casual dress code may be a passing fad, but
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CBS radio interview on marketing and branding.

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Steven Sessions was invited to be interviewed by Chris Kelso on Talk Radio 650AM in Houston Texas to discuss Marketing. This is the full transcript of the live broadcast on June 8, 2011.

live interview on marketing and branding

(Welcome to “The Price of Business,” I’m your host Chris Kelso, we appreciate your tuning in to “Talk 650” powered by CBS radio, right now, someone I really, really want to talk to is Steven Sessions with the Sessions Group – Steven how you doing?) “Good Chris, thank you for inviting me.”

(Let me ask you to tell our listeners (more…)

When does redesigning a logo make sense?

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

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The Girl Scouts organization is now over 30 years old. That may explain why the iconic logo has gone under the knife. But was it a good idea? When does redesigning a logo make sense? And in the Girl Scout’s case, (more…)

Rebranding an organization which has a distinguished history.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

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Branding has been shown to be a very effective activity in an organization’s efforts to increase its influence in a marketplace. This increased influence equals increased sales, increased awareness, increased understanding, increased margins, increased business valuation, etc. And this strategy is as effective for non-profit organizations as it is for companies.

The Young Men’s Christian Association is a charity well known by its initials, YMCA. And as is popular in the marketplace, names are shortened in common use. Jennifer Lopez is known as J-Lo. And the Young Men’s Christian Association has for years been known as the “Y.”

Now the Young Men’s Christian Association has formally dropped those four descriptive words in favor of the single letter “Y.” And they have modified the visual identity and logo as well. Is this a good idea? The short answer is (more…)

Companies raised their marketing spending in this recession and saw sales increase.

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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When should a company increase marketing spending? Most companies during last year’s recession thought it wise to reduce marketing budgets, and the drop has been extreme as spending plunged 12.3% — the largest annual drop ever, more than three times more severe than the next worst drop of 3.9% in 1991.

But 26 of the top 100 marketers bucked the trend and boosted 2009 marketing spending. 70% of those spending more saw a U.S. sales increase – double the success rate of those who reduced their spending according to (more…)

Leveraging a brand asset or forfeiting brand equity?

Friday, March 26th, 2010

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What to do when faced with declining sales.

Sales in the “refreshment beverage” category are falling. The segment includes colas, energy and sports drinks, juices and bottled water. In 2009, for the second year in a row, sales were down. Down 3.1 percent according to a survey by Beverage Marketing Corp. This represents a steeper decline than was 2008. And there was one unusual statistic: (more…)

How a company name or product name can hinder sales.

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

Palm seems to be on life support.

According to the Bible, the first task given to man by God was to name all the things on earth. And he’s been doing that ever since. And it is very important work. A name represents characteristics and properties that identify a particular thing.

Selecting a name.

Many think coming up with a name for a company or product or service should be simple. Some may even think it’s not even very important, convinced there are “bigger’ issues than naming to deal with when launching a new venture. Those who believe that are hoping (more…)

After all the news about the Toyota vehicle recall, what do you think?

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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Explanation of these poll results

Who dat owner? David or Goliath?

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

who dat New Orleans saints or NFL

The National Football League in a public display of foolishness sent official cease and desist letters to several small Louisiana T-shirt shop owners ordering them to stop producing and selling t-shirts bearing the phrase “Who dat.” It seems the NFL (more…)

Being recognized for who you are.

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

The risks and rewards of “Profiling.”

Profiling has become a “dirty word” in America. Probably because of its association with the practice of “racial profiling.” Indeed, in a perfect world people would not be judged by appearances. Of course this is no perfect world but with laws against it and public opinion all across the country firmly opposed to it, do we still see it in operation? Does it provide some unique benefit to those employing it? A benefit that we cannot replace?

The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 forced a debate. And December 2009’s two incidents involving Nigerian Muslims on Delta flights to Detroit have renewed the debate. (more…)