Proximity Branding & Advertising

Proximity Branding is one way to spread the influence of your brand without spreading your branding budget.

Advertising dollars guided by a Persona perspective will permit targeting behaviours rather than clicks.

Why is this important?  Marketing and Advertising objectives and measures have changed drastically.

Cheers,

Nick www.neuropersona.com

why do customers buy?

There is a big problem out there as customers know how to use products better than manufacturers or suppliers.

Now that everyone is ‘cutting costs’ aka PEOPLE, manufacturers or suppliers know even less about why customers buy and how and when they would apply their products.

This is an amazing opportunity and why Scenario2 exists.

Cheers,

Nick www.scenario2.com

Press Releases and Future Success

Consultants often tell their clients to create press releases to represent their ‘desired future’ and then work backwards to the processes and events that must occur to achieve their  objectives.  This approach has two critical problems.

  1. Focusing on one ‘desired future’ can poison our behaviour today by limiting our perspectives rather than preparing us for multiple considerations of what may happen.
  2. Just like forecasting this simple approach fails more often than not as most companies don’t know their current state and their internal focus restricts their field of vision as to what may occur and hamper the analysis and actions needed to achieve their desired future state.

The Press Release technique is interesting but must build on accurate current state information and high quality future scenario analysis to frame press release content links to company stories, processes, software, brands and KPIs ( see the STORY LENS ) in a meaningful way.

Cheers,

Nick www.scenario2.com

FAST SCENARIO

A scenario is a bucket of stories that drives processes, stimulates creation of software, adds to brand value and spawns measures to help us adapt to future changes in the world as we see it today.  Think of a scenario as a number of vignettes about the future and we use them to help guide what we do and when.

Ideally we use two or three different future scenarios to prepare ourselves for different possible futures, to minimize our risk of failure or minimize our risk of NOT SUCCEEDING or exploit future scenario opportunities.

Accountants use scenarios daily.  Forecasts are the intersection point of Accountants, numbers and stories, but sadly they forget the stories behind the numbers and manipulate numbers without considering that story relationships are far different than adding or subtracting, more or less flexible or just plan inexplicable.  Scenarios are not sensitivity analysis (sales up and expenses down) or workflows (if I do this then should I do that) or tools to create web sites (if a buyer goes there they press this button) but rather a bucket of stories, pure and simple. 

For a FAST SCENARIO create a folder, digital or physical, and cut and place stories into the folder.  When finished read the stories to see which internal process, software, brands or measures are affected by the stories.  This perspective is reflected in a simple but powerful tool, the STORY LENS.

Once we understand the stories in the folder or bucket and their relationships to each other we get a clearer understanding of the current state of the business.  We finish the scenario by simply fast forwarding the stories and processes from our new understanding of current state.  We are here now and we expect to be ‘there’ or where the scenario takes us in the time that is of interest to us.

A FAST SCENARIO tells us where we might go and allows us to understand how to prepare.  The hidden value of a FAST SCENARIO is understanding where we are today or our current business state. 

Most companies are very good at understanding where they want to go and forecasting.  Where they fail is understanding their current state as no matter how good their forecasting is, they will not reach their goal as they almost always start from a different place.

Cheers,

Nick www.scenario2.com

A Persona Mask is a behavioural marker and a Marketers nightmare.

Persona Mask

Persona Mask

This is the first post that describes the concept of Persona as a behaviour construct.
The link between Personae, behaviours, stories and numbers can be explored here or at Scenario2.

For a general overview and http://personati.wordpress.com for a unique look at how Personae and Persona Behaviour can be combined with Scenario Analysis to accomodate future opportunties while your competitors focus on the past.

Shape your Future!

The future is the intersection of people and stories and we can wait to see what the future brings or shape it ourselves!

 

 We create our future and how we influence our future by understanding stories interests me personally.  Scenario2 offers a commercial prospective on tools and techniques that link numbers and stories to inform and help us shape our future including a unique look at Personae Behaviour .

“I WANT IT!” are three simple words that drive markets and understanding them helps us understand “WHY WE BUY”.

When it comes to buying and selling, we follow the money and multiple buyer perspectives including computer buyers, music buyers, current or potential suppliers or potential investors.  Apple is a brilliant example of ‘follow the money’ for success. 

 A change in a story related to Apple and one or more of the “I WANT IT!” perspectives would impact the way the Story Lens is perceived. If a new laptop with enhanced capabilities be introduced with a press release or story then current or new Apple customers think about how it affects them. Does the new product make it easier? Could they buy more powerful software? Will I look silly because I bought the old model yesterday? Will the talk about the Apple brand differently or will they look at their old Apple product differently?

Point the Story Lens at Apple to see the impact of new stories.

If Apple buys new Enterprise software that costs millions of dollars there would be an impact across Apple’s Story Lens. New software causes internal processes to change and impacts customers directly as would happen if a new shopping basket was added on the Apple web site and possibly require customers to pause and learn another way to buy. The software purchase requires new ways to measure productivity to ensure its effective use and value to Apple, Apple customers shareholders and eventually the Apple Brand and stock values.

 If we need to work with stories at a deeper level consider how storytellers evolve from hearing a story, repeating a story, changing a story, crafting a story to living a story.

 Stories create value, good or bad, that can be attached to products, processes, people, places and time.

Stories are my currency.

Cheers,

Nick

Who creates your future?