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Everyone’s a Writing Critic: Dealing with Writing Feedback

Everyone’s a Writing Critic: Dealing with Writing Feedback

Everyone’s a Writing Critic: Dealing with Comments and Corrections when Receiving Writing Feedback Writing a solid first draft of something is genuinely difficult. It’s a herculean triumph of creativity and endurance over self-doubt (and procrastination – though the strategies I set forth in the first two posts in this series can make it easier to start writing and plow through to the first draft). Unfortunately, “a solid first draft” is not the same as a finished, publishable piece. You have bosses, reviewers, and editors to deal with before your ultimate audience reads your deathless prose. These folks are going to...
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Brand Behavior Matters

Brand Behavior Matters

To Transform Your Brand, Transform Your Brand Behavior In the end, brand behavior is what drives results. No matter how smart and inspired your brand strategy may be, it’s just strategy. And oftentimes, it’s just not enough. In fact, we’ve seen many brand strategies fall short because they failed to move beyond brand identity and communications, and didn’t provide the guidelines, tools, and processes needed to actually bring the brand’s defining attributes to life through meaningful behavior and action. Brand behavior is all about how your brand reaches out to people and how they respond back to you. In...
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Embracing Authenticity

Embracing Authenticity

Authenticity Is In “If you’re willing to tell me about the bad, then I will trust you when you tell me the good.” In an increasingly staged, contrived, and media-saturated world, people are seeking meaning and authenticity in every facet of their lives. From the employers they work for to the businesses they buy from and the brands they support. Authentic Business Globalization and technology have created a new level of consumer awareness. According to a 2014 survey by Cohn & Wolfe, when consumers rated more than 1,600 brands on authenticity, the three key attributes listed were: “reliability,” “respectfulness,”...
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The Modern Workplace Requires a Revamp

The Modern Workplace Requires a Revamp

The modern workplace requires new ways to connect, inspire, engage, and bond with employees like never before. Over the past few years there has been quite a lot of research and stories on worker happiness (and the startling lack thereof). One talked about the story of an employee who, after two decades of service to a financial institution, decided he couldn’t take it any more: “I felt like no one cared about me as a person there, and finally decided to extricate myself from the grind. I know many of you feel the same way now in your jobs…trapped...
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Emotional and Meaningful Brand Connections

Emotional and Meaningful Brand Connections

Emotive brands forge emotional and meaningful brand connections by caring deeply about people, and aligning their actions and communications to the deep-rooted human needs, desires, and aspirations of all those important to the brand. The keystones of such connections are empathy, compassion, and mindfulness. In our recent white paper, “Transforming your brand,” we introduce these key drivers of thinking in this way: “Emotive brand strategies use empathy to better understand and address the needs, values, interests and aspirations of people, both within and outside of your business. As such, we take your brand’s positive attributes and match them against what...
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Marketing vs. Brand? Do You Know the Difference?

Marketing vs. Brand? Do You Know the Difference?

Marketing vs. Brand People are sometimes confused about the difference between marketing vs. brand strategy. This is not surprising, because they are not mutually exclusive ideas. They are interdependent strategic activities that feed, inform, and drive each other. The important distinction to make is in the intent and desired outcome of each area. Brand Brand defines how people should ideally feel about your business and products. It strives to find how to optimize belief in what you do offer and what you stand for in the world. It is an abstract idea held in the hearts and minds of...
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Building the Employee Experience

Building the Employee Experience

It’s no secret that the employee experience with HR has developed a bad rep. The reality is that most people associate HR with two things: hiring and firing. For many organizations, HR is rule enforcement, the behavior police, gliding in when the people problems arise. And even when employees do have a positive experience with HR, it’s often limited to the brief experience of onboarding. Building Responsibility We’ve mentioned that attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent is the top priority for executives today. And for most businesses, this responsibility falls on HR. It’s no small responsibility, either. The competition...
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HR and Marketing: Building Your Employer Brand Together

HR and Marketing: Building Your Employer Brand Together

Finding the Right Fit: HR’s Number One Challenge HR and Marketing? The role of HR has evolved significantly in recent years. Attracting, engaging, and retaining top talent is a high priority for executives, and most companies place this responsibility on HR. According to PwC 18th Annual CEO survey, a full 73% of respondents are concerned about the availability of talent – a 10% increase from 2014. Executives worry that it’s getting harder to recruit and keep the people who are both skilled high-performers and ‘fit’ within their organization’s culture. And without top talent, maintaining a competitive advantage, adapting to...
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The Secret to Thriving Business

The Secret to Thriving Business

Purpose-Led Business, Now the Expectation Surviving – let alone thriving – in today’s uncertain economy is hard. Successful companies share one unifying factor: they are purpose-led companies. Purpose is the driving force of thriving business today, a key mobilizer for employees, and the key attribute for well-built and sustainable organizational cultures that can grow, thrive, and shift with the times. Research shows that people are demanding and craving more from the businesses, brands, and companies they work and buy from, and leading with purpose is not a bonus but an expectation for business in 2016.  A good product or...
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Why Integrated Reporting is Inevitable

Why Integrated Reporting is Inevitable

Integrated Reporting These days, integrated reporting is a corporate dog everyone loves to kick. People will tell you it’s a bore, a chore, a snore. It’s another corporate cost center, a straightjacket on corporate communication, a full-employment program dreamed up by do-gooders to give jobs to bean counters. To its harshest critics, integrated reporting is not even a dog. It’s a tail that wants to wag the dog. A dozen years ago, people said all these things about the Global Reporting Initiative, known as GRI. The first time I wrote a corporate sustainability report, one of the client’s first...
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Workplace Behavior Helps Brands Thrive From the Inside Out

Workplace Behavior Helps Brands Thrive From the Inside Out

Brand strategy that is not activated meaningfully within an organization can fall flat. The best way to ensure employees know how to bring a brand strategy to life and live its brand promise is to develop a workplace behavior strategy. When we set out to build our methodology for brand strategy, we had two bold objectives in mind: 1. Reduce the emotional distance between people and brands, to make lives more meaningful, and brands more successful. 2. Go beyond simply stating a meaningful ambition for brands, by showing the executive team, the management, and every employee how their behavior...
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Sustainability Reporting Trends

Sustainability Reporting Trends

Keeping on top of sustainability reporting trends is not easy. The field of corporate sustainability reporting is maturing and evolving, making it important to keep up with the changing standards and expectations long after you complete this lesson in Sustainability 101. As you get more experience in this discipline, continue to watch what the leaders do. Keep up with issues on the horizon through the conversations on blogs, Twitter and LinkedIn. And, attend conferences to hear from the experts when you can. At Emotive Brand, we strive to keep our finger on the pulse of the industry in order...
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Company Culture Playing Greater Role in Business Strategy

Company Culture Playing Greater Role in Business Strategy

The Corporate World is Restructuring Company Culture Your company culture matters more than ever. Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 survey, “The new organization: Different by design,” maps and draws connections between the talent, leadership, and competitiveness challenges organizations around the world face. This year’s data indicates a shift: CEOs and HR leaders are more focused on culture as a source of competitive advantage than ever, and they are turning to restructuring their organizations to increase employee engagement and retention, improve leadership, and build the kind of meaningful culture that drives success. To put this in perspective, the 2016...
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Brand Strategy for Turbulent Times

Brand Strategy for Turbulent Times

Business Is in Flux Brand strategy matters now more than ever. Many businesses that we’re working with feel uneasy about the economic prospects of 2016. Financial markets are showing symptoms of waning and there is a general sense of slowdown. With dipping confidence and in anticipation of a burst in the “unicorn” bubble, VCs are shifting their funding to newer, lower cost ventures. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of ever-accumulating startups and it’s no longer a buyer’s market, and industries must adjust. Even outside of more volatile technology world, companies are rebranding and repositioning as a...
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How to Maximize Employee Engagement

How to Maximize Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement Is More Than an HR Benefit Since Gallup began tracking employee engagement in 2000, employee engagement averages haven’t budged. A recent Gallup survey shows that indeed, work could be more fulfilling for most Americans. The percentage of U.S. workers whom Gallup considers “engaged” in their jobs averaged 34.1% in March. As it stands today, over two-thirds of the American workforce is disengaged at work, and it appears that no amount of HR benefit, wellness programs, or incentives can make a dent in this number. So how does an organization build a culture of happy, engaged employees? Instead of...
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