Branding - Bruce Turkel

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You Are Known By The Company You Keep.

You Are Known By The Company You Keep.

I like it when I see a collection of political candidate signs clustered together on someone’s yard. Especially when the assortment includes a sign for their preferred presidential candidate. That’s because as much as I try to stay up-to-date with local and regional politics, I often don’t know about a specific commissioner, judge, or state ...

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If it’s Not Worth it to Them, it’s Not Worth it to You.

If it’s Not Worth it to Them, it’s Not Worth it to You.

My father was a general contractor on Miami Beach in the 1960s. As innovative as my dad was, the business was still a rather analog affair. Supplies were delivered on flatbeds, building materials were inventoried on a clipboard, boards were nailed together by hand, and job sites were cleaned up by laborers with shovels, push ...

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It’s Not Magic, It’s Music.

It’s Not Magic, It’s Music.

Gloria and I were watching some music awards show where Bruno Mars was performing Amy Winehouse’s song Valerie. During the performance, the horn players were doing a little dance when all of a sudden they jumped up and did a coordinated dance move. Of course they did it at precisely the same time. If you ...

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I Had No Idea What Was Going To Happen.

I Had No Idea What Was Going To Happen.

Not very long ago – sometime in early to mid-April – it seemed as if almost everyone I know was calling and telling me they were how concerned they were. Covid. Unrest. Lockdown. Politics. The economy. Despite their concerns, the common word they all seemed to use was “uncertainty.” After hearing different versions of the ...

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How Competent Are You Really?

How Competent Are You Really?

Do you think you’re smarter or more talented than the people around you? More to the point, do you think you’re smarter or more talented than you really are? If so, you’re not alone. The Dunning-Kruger Effect describes a specific cognitive bias that causes people to overestimate their knowledge or ability. Simply put, it explains ...

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Reality and Madness. Sadness or Euphoria.

Reality and Madness. Sadness or Euphoria.

I think that Billy Joel is one of the greatest songwriters in modern American pop music. Joel stands along with Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Carole King, Jackson Brown, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Smokey Robinson, and Bruce Springsteen. Of course your list may vary. My favorite Billy Joel song? Summer Highland Falls, from his Turnstiles album ...

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How You Can Write A Book.

How You Can Write A Book.

You know the old joke: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, man, practice. Here’s today’s version: How do you write a book? Write, man, write. At least once a week someone asks my advice about writing a book. The conversation usually goes something like this: Potential author: “Hey Bruce… you’ve published a bunch ...

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Is Your Brand Racist or Racial?

Is Your Brand Racist or Racial?

Recently all of these storied brands have come under protest and scrutiny for being offensive: Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben’s, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Eskimo Pie, Barbie, GI Joe, the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, the Atlanta Braves. How about all of those Disney movies you grew up with? Jungle Book, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Or ...

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Don’t Bore Us. Get to the Chorus.

Don’t Bore Us. Get to the Chorus.

Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown Records, was a notoriously mercurial and mercenary businessman.  Although Gordy was responsible for some of the most powerful, popular, and passionate R&B and soul music ever created, the stories of him making musical decisions based on finances instead of aesthetics are legion. What’s more, Gordy insisted on ironclad creative ...

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The Serenity Prayer and The Coronavirus.

The Serenity Prayer and The Coronavirus.

The Serenity Prayer and The Coronavirus. American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr composed his famous Serenity Prayer in 1923. Throughout the 1930s and 40s the prayer spread throughout church groups and was adapted by Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step programs without attribution to the original author. According to Wikipedia, Niebuhr used it in a 1943 sermon in ...

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Surprises From The MasterMind

Surprises From The MasterMind

Surprises From The MasterMind About ten years ago I heard about a MasterMind that was being created for what I’m calling the “superstar speakers.” It was put together by the top seven or eight money-makers in my industry. I wanted into that club. Badly. Or so I thought. So I signed up for the three-day ...

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Fee or Free? Which Helps The Most?

Fee or Free? Which Helps The Most?

My friend Cathy Berkowitz ran a risk-management consulting firm. She and her business partner would tour factories and recommend the steps needed to protect companies against potential calamities. Cathy soon discovered that the problem with her business concept wasn’t that her services weren’t needed, but that prevention is the most difficult thing to sell. Why? ...

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Coronavirus and the Tyranny of Seamlessness.

Coronavirus and the Tyranny of Seamlessness.

Coronavirus and the Tyranny of Seamlessness. Ironically enough, one of the most important aspects to shooting good video is the audio. I’ve learned that viewers will put up with fuzzy shots or shaky images, but if the sound is bad or hard to hear, they’ll sign off almost immediately. Because of that, I’m always fretting ...

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Philip Marlowe on Marketing

Philip Marlowe on Marketing

Up on stage as the opening keynote speaker, I explained to my audience why their efforts branding their businesses by promoting the functions of what they sell or what they do was ineffectual. Instead, I suggested they should spend their time establishing an emotional connection with their customers. I showed them why this would both ...

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Is Silk Soy?

Is Silk Soy?

Back in 1984, there was a famous marketing case study covered in all the trade rags. The title was “Can Marketing Take the Tofu Out Of Tofutti?” and the question was pretty clear — could good advertising convince soy-averse Americans to try dessert products made with tofu? Levine, Huntley, Schmidt & Beaver was the agency ...

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Spreading Mind Viruses

Spreading Mind Viruses

Man, do I sit around a lot of conference tables. Between client meetings, new business presentations, community boards, strategic retreats, and non-profit groups, it feels like the corporate conference table is becoming my natural environment. Every table — and every meeting — is unique. But there are some similarities between the different groups regardless of ...

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WTF??!!

WTF??!!

Since the advent of the Internet and email, we’ve all become experts at using acronyms in our notes. LOL – “Laughing Out Loud.” IMHO – “In My Humble Opinion.” BTW – “By The Way.” POS – “Parent Over Shoulder.” Most of these turn up in emails I read regularly although I haven’t seen the last ...

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The Seven-Step Recipe for Marketing Success

The Seven-Step Recipe for Marketing Success

Owen Frager is Chief Innovation Officer of the Frager Creative Group, one of the nation’s first virtual marketing communications agencies serving Fortune 500 brands. There’s a lot more to interactive digital marketing than eye-catching banner ads, discount packages, and clever domain names. Marketing gives personality and differentiates for advantage. Marketing creates relationships with customers that go ...

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Not My Attorney

Not My Attorney

During the last days of 2010 Barack Obama changed Federal tax law. In a stunning political role reversal, Republicans supported the President’s package while Democrats opposed it. You might remember that the President’s deal included a renewal of expiring jobless benefits and a one-year cut in Social Security taxes paid by workers. It also extended ...

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What Do You Do?

What Do You Do?

A few hundred years ago it was easy to know what someone did for a living. Mr. Shoemaker made shoes. Goldsmith hammered precious metals. Tailor sewed. Farmer farmed. Baker baked. Today, it’s not quite that simple. When was the last time you met someone named Dr. Radiologist? Mr. Hedge Fund Manager? Ms. Account Executive? Does ...

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