Matter by Peter Sheahan, Julie Williamson PHD and Dom Thurbon is one of the best marketing and brand books for non-marketers that I have ever read. If you are a CEO, CFO, MD or business manager wanting to bring your marketing strategy in line with your business strategy, this is a great book for you!
We can learn a lot from hairdressers, and I don't just mean how to achieve a great blow dry! Traditionally hairdressers have nailed the concepts of maximising frequency and spend from their clients. By having a look at the processes within a typical hairdressing salon, we can learn a lot.
Vanilla is great for ice-cream, but not for branding.
I don't hate vanilla, in fact I love it! What I do hate is bland. Bland is simply not something you want to associate with your marketing activity. Whether you're working on your brand promise or brand delivery, there is no room for vanilla.