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The Basics of Branding

Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, large or small, retail or B2B. An effective brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive markets. But what exactly does branding mean? How does it affect a small business like yours?

Simply put, your brand is your promise to your customer. It tells them what they can expect from your products and services, and it differentiates your offering from your competitors . Your brand is derived from who you are, who you want to be and who people perceive you to be.

Are you the innovative maverick in your industry? Or the experienced, reliable one? Is your product the high-cost, high-quality option, or the low-cost, high-value option? You can t be both, and you can t be all things to all people. Who you are should be based to some extent on who your target customers want and need you to be.

The foundation of your brand is your logo. Your website, packaging and promotional materials–all of which should integrate your logo–communicate your brand.

Brand Strategy Equity

Your brand strategy is how, what, where, when and to whom you plan on communicating and delivering on your brand messages. Where you advertise is part of your brand strategy. Your distribution channels are also part of your brand strategy. And what you communicate visually and verbally are part of your brand strategy, too.

Consistent, strategic branding leads to a strong brand equity, which means the added value brought to your company s products or services that allows you to charge more for your brand than what identical, unbranded products command. The most obvious example of this is Coke vs. a generic soda. Because Coca-Cola has built a powerful brand equity, it can charge more for its product–and customers will pay that higher price.

The added value intrinsic to brand equity frequently comes in the form of perceived quality or emotional attachment. For example, Nike associates its products with star athletes, hoping customers will transfer their emotional attachment from the athlete to the product. For Nike, it s not just the shoe s features that sell the shoe.

Defining Your Brand

Defining your brand is like a journey of business self-discovery. It can be difficult, time-consuming and uncomfortable. It requires, at the very least, that you answer the questions below:

  • What is your company s mission?
  • What are the benefits and features of your products or services?
  • What do your customers and prospects already think of your company?
  • What qualities do you want them to associate with your company?

Do your research. Learn the needs, habits and desires of your current and prospective customers. And don t rely on what you think they think. Know what they think.

Because defining your brand and developing a brand strategy can be complex, consider leveraging the expertise of a nonprofit small-business advisory group or a Small Business Development Center .

Once you ve defined your brand, how do you get the word out? Here are a few simple, time-tested tips:

  • Get a great logo. Place it everywhere.
  • Write down your brand messaging. What are the key messages you want to communicate about your brand? Every employee should be aware of your brand attributes.
  • Integrate your brand. Branding extends to every aspect of your business–how you answer your phones, what you or your salespeople wear on sales calls, your e-mail signature, everything.
  • Create a voice for your company that reflects your brand. This voice should be applied to all written communication and incorporated in the visual imagery of all materials, online and off. Is your brand friendly? Be conversational. Is it ritzy? Be more formal. You get the gist.
  • Develop a tagline. Write a memorable, meaningful and concise statement that captures the essence of your brand.
  • Design templates and create brand standards for your marketing materials. Use the same color scheme, logo placement, look and feel throughout. You don t need to be fancy, just consistent.
  • Be true to your brand. Customers won t return to you–or refer you to someone else–if you don t deliver on your brand promise.
  • Be consistent. I placed this point last only because it involves all of the above and is the most important tip I can give you. If you can t do this, your attempts at establishing a brand will fail.

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Q – A with Jim Fielding, President of Disney Stores – The Robin Report #coupons #code

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Q A with Jim Fielding, President of Disney Stores

Fitting in with this month’s feature story The Jobsian Era is Upon Us: The Art and Science of Retailing Converge as well as my co-authored book The New Rules of Retail, we have a great example of art converging with science in the newly converted Disney Stores, where a great shopping experience actually could not happen without the new technologies available.

Furthermore, it could be called a “Jobsian” experience because its concept was given inspiration by none other than Steve Jobs, who was serving as a Disney board member at the time.

However, the vision was created by Jim Fielding, President of Disney Stores. Jim is essentially flipping traditional retailing on its head. And, we were fortunate to engage Jim for a Q A to learn of his vision and how its implementation is progressing.

First, a quick snapshot of The Disney Store history. Launched in 1987, it shot up to over 600 stores in the 90s. Then the result of consumers’ overdosing on animated-character “stuff” found the chain suffering losses of about $100 million a year by 2002. So, Disney decided to sell the U.S. and Canadian stores to a wholly owned subsidiary of The Children’s Place in 2004 (they kept the stores in Europe, and the Japanese stores were owned by The Oriental Land Company).

In 2008, Disney buys the North American chain back, less some under-performing stores, and enter from stage right, Jim Fielding, appointed President of the returning Disney Stores business. In April of 2010, The Oriental Land Company also sold its 40 plus stores back to Disney.
Currently, Disney has 208 stores in North America, 103 in Europe and 46 in Japan.

Q. …but Jim, in your mind, no way was this to be the return of “same-old, same-old” retailing. Yes, your early career prior to Disney, gave you plenty of traditional retailing skills through management stints at Land’s End, J. Peterman, The Gap and Dayton Hudson. However, now as head of the Disney Stores, you are totally re-booting the stores into mini-theme parks of interactive entertainment. You were also quoted: “The world does not need another place to sell Disney merchandise — this only works if it’s an experience.” So Jim, describe this vision of yours, where it came from, what triggered it and describe the newly re-booted stores: the “best 30 minutes of a child’s day.”

A. When we began thinking about a new store design, and what it means to provide “the best 30 minutes of a child’s day” we wanted to filter everything through that lens. We view the store and experiences from a kid’s point of view. Disney Store designers from North America and Europe came together to create a Disney experience in a retail environment that was unique and special.

Q. So far, what’s the most popular part of the experience?

A. Our guests truly enjoy all aspects of our magical in-store experience. Each part of the newly-designed Disney Store experience caters to the many different guests that come through our stores. The interactive Magic Mirror is a favorite for all the little princesses that come to the Disney Princess Castle area of the store. The Disney Store Theater is popular for guests of all ages because they can hand select Disney content to view, from music videos, to movie trailers, to clips from their favorite Disney Channel shows.

Q. I know you’ve won some awards. What are they?

A. The newly-designed Disney Store award list is growing every year but some notable awards include: Edison Best New Product Awards- Bronze Award for New Retail Frontiers, Chain Store Age 2010 Retail Awards- Best Attraction Retailer, Planet Retail’s Most Innovative Awards for 2010; “Most Innovative Format in the World” and Retail Week Award: Best Retail Design. We also won International Retailer of the Year, Global Retail Leisure International Awards (RLI), Winner for Best Store Design.

Q. Tell our readers a little more about the involvement of Steve Jobs and Apple. Were there any specific contributions? I understand he urged you guys to “dream big.”

A. Mostly he gave us inspiration for our new store concept. His encouragement and input were taken into consideration when our team put together the building blocks of our newly-designed stores. The big take-away was building a full-scale working model of the new store, which we built in a warehouse near our headquarters. It gave us time to work through every aspect of the store design, try new technology, and really get a feel of how our guests would experience the store.

Q. I understand some were questioning investing in this kind of major transformation, particularly in the middle of a recession? You were quoted as saying: “It’s time to take risks. When consumers are ready to spend again, we will be ready.” Tell us about the push back.

A. Everyone agreed that the new stores had to be innovative and “game-changing,” but of course major change can be risky, but it was a risk Disney Store was willing to take, to create a uniquely Disney retail experience for our guests. We want our guests to come in and spend time in our store, to create memories with their families, to enjoy a truly Disney environment right at their local shopping center.

Q. Also, describe the test store, what it measured,how long you were in test mode and what finally triggered the go-ahead.

A. We used our mock store for nearly a year as a drawing board to create and test our interactive experiences before we brought them to life at Disney Store locations. We worked on everything from perfecting the position of the Pixie Dust path, to testing different versions of the Magic Mirror, to running different types of Disney content on hi-resolution screens for the Disney Store theater. The mock store is where we could animate our vision and watch as the “best 30 minutes of a child’s day” came together.

Q. How many stores have you converted, what’s the cost and timeline for completing all 263 (is that number correct?) And, are you planning the same changes to the European and Japanese stores?

A. So far we have 55 newly-designed stores open around the world. In total we have about 350 stores across North America, Europe and Japan, and over the next 5 years we will convert all stores into the new design.

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Q. Have your revenues noticeably risen in the converted stores? Has traffic increased? And, are consumers spending more time interacting with the entertainment?

A. Guests have embraced our newly-design store concept, and we have seen double digit traffic increases since the new store launch in 2010. We have also noticed increased dwell time as guests enjoy the interactive experiences and rituals at our newly-designed locations.

Q. Is the online store integrated or does it operate under a different “silo?” Is there any attempt to create the in-store experiences online?

A. Disney Store is truly an “omni-channel retailer,” meaning our in-store, online and mobile Disney Store experience is streamlined. We offer guests the same deals, values and specials online as we do in our brick and mortar stores. Our e-commerce business is very strong. We are always finding new ways to make our online guest experience at DisneyStore.com, a more magical experience for guests, just as we do in our brick and mortar locations.

Q. So, with your obvious “right brain” creative vision, what’s going to follow the “best 30 minutes of a child’s day?”

A. “The best 30 minutes of a child’s day” is truly the best 30 minutes of a family’s day because families create memories together every day at Disney Stores across the globe. The Disney Store experience is truly magical, and we believe that we can create memorable, innovative, interactive experiences for guests of all ages.

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Concordia (UK) Ltd was founded as a charity in 1943 with the aim of recruiting British volunteers to pick fruit and crops as part of the war effort. 70 years on, they have grown considerably, whilst still very much a non-profit organisation, they are now internationally recognised, providing participants and volunteers from over 50 nations with placements in the UK and abroad.

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Our client is a substantial family office with a rapidly growing non-profit arm supporting extensive philanthropic activities out of offices in the US and Africa. A truly unique opportunity has arisen for an Equity Analyst to join the highly professional investment team based in the Cayman Islands that manages a sophisticated investment portfolio, covering a broad range of asset classes on a global basis.

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China Industrial Output, Retail Sales Slow as Property Gains #online #shopping #discount #codes

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China Industrial Output, Retail Sales Slow as Property Gains

China’s industrial production and retail sales both slowed in the first two months of the year, highlighting the pressure leaders will face to meet this year’s annual growth target even as the central bank governor said major stimulus wasn’t needed.

Industrial output rose 5.4 percent from a year earlier in January and February, the National Bureau of Statistics said Saturday, compared with the 5.6 percent median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Retail sales climbed 10.2 percent from a year earlier, missing the 11 percent projected gain in the survey, while fixed-asset investment exceeded estimates with a 10.2 percent increase.

The reports highlight the choice facing policy makers: step up monetary and fiscal stimulus and build up more debt, or let the nation’s industrial engines slow further while reducing overcapacity in the steel, cement and coal sectors. Steel output fell in the two-month period, while aluminum output tumbled 7.7 percent, Saturday’s reports showed.

“The overall growth profile remains still gloomy,” said Zhou Hao, an economist at Commerzbank AG in Singapore. “The mix of data give us a worrying picture. Activity data remained weak while inflation and property prices are turning around.”

Speaking at a briefing just before the data release, People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan sought to project an aura of calm about the economy, saying that the government will be able to meet its target of at least 6.5 percent growth over the next five years.

“Excessive monetary policy stimulus isn’t necessary to achieve the target,” Zhou said, reiterating past comments that monetary policy is prudent with a slight easing bias. “If there isn’t any big economic or financial turmoil, we’ll keep prudent monetary policy.”

The industrial output slowdown was due to seasonal factors, an NBS official said in a statement posted on the agency’s website. Weak global demand, deterioration in sectors such as steel and chemicals, and a slump in tobacco output weighed on factory production, the official said.

A bright spot was a pickup in investment in real estate development following stronger sales. The pace accelerated to 3 percent in the first two months from a year earlier compared with a 1 percent increase throughout 2015. The value of property sales in the first two months of this year surged 43.6 percent from a year earlier, while property sales in some mid-sized cities doubled.

Retail sales are still in a double-digit growth range, showing shows there’s no need to panic yet, said James Laurenceson, deputy director for the Australia-China Relations Institute at the University of Technology Sydney.

“Retail sales are struggling under the weight of weaknesses in the rest of the economy,” Laurenceson said. “This increases the pressure on the authorities to present households with a credible economic narrative to bolster the consumer outlook.”

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Biggest and Best Retail Chains in China #coupns

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Biggest and Best Retail Chains in China

Updated September 22, 2016

Getting a strong foothold as a major retail player with the consumers of China is the 21st century gold rush for retailers around the world. The enormity of China s population is attractive enough but coupled with increasing wages and good employment prospects, the frenzy of activity from global retail companies is making China one of the most competitive retail markets on the planet.

Overall, the economic growth in China has been greatly improving and expanding at a time when the U.S. and European economies have been struggling just to maintain stability after the contraction of the Great Recession.

China s economic growth in 2010 was 10.3% and in 2011 was 9.2%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). The Chinese Academy of Sciences have predicted an 8.5% increase in economic growth for China in 2012.

For the first time in 2011, there were more Chinese citizens living in China s cities than in its rural areas. This, of course, makes retail customers easier to reach. This might account for the 17.3% year-over-year growth in retail sales in November, 2011 and the 18.1% year-over-year growth in December, 2011.

While China is obviously a fertile retail market for international retailers and global flagship stores. it is also a difficult market because Chinese consumers have demonstrated a preference for and a loyalty to retailers that are native China-based companies. Apparently Made in China doesn t have any derogatory connotations when you live and shop in China. Even so, there aren t many Chinese retail chains that are dominant enough at home or abroad to qualify for the annual World s Largest Retailers List .

What follows is a complete list of the China-based retail chains considered to be among the largest retailers in the world, according to annual revenue. The number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, based on its sales figures, compared to other top retail organizations worldwide on the 2011 Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine Global Powers of Retailing List.

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With an improved retail branding promotion solutions for the consumer, inMotion allows the branding and product interaction to be intensely personal. Various technologies are synced so that the consumer is able to be absorbed in a web-like experience via a responsive smart screen while holding the product. Brand context, technical specifications, and social trending data can be delivered with each product selection so that the customer experiences the product’s full story.

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  • Benefits retailers with valuable data specific to user interest and product movement.
  • Delivers data analytics and trends to improve floor set changes, media effectiveness, visitor engagement, product lifecycles, and results from promotions.

Your next-generation program can be designed and delivered within as little as three weeks to your store. With the interactive experience display using the inMotion system, the consumer has a greatly improved retail branding promotion solutions experience. Customers see the image they have picked up within the context of the branding message, receive detailed information about the product and can even receive recommendations.

The in store experience with inMotion works in the following way:

  1. A large screen is positioned on the floor with product merchandised around it.
  2. The customer, drawn to the display by the content, picks up a particular product.
  3. The screen immediately displays a story about the product, provides technical information and even consumer reports if desired by the retailer. In addition, other products that go with the initial choice can be offered up as well. The content is fully controlled by the store’s marketing group.
  4. If the touch screen option is decided upon by the retailer, the customer can guide the content into further detail or even to the company’s website.
  5. All this activity is being tracked, stored and delivered to the store staff which enables better product, pricing and merchandising decisions going forward.

Overall Benefits:

  • The consumer’s shopping experience is enhanced by the interactivity.
  • The conversion rate from interest to sale is enhanced.
  • Additional cross selling opportunities are increased.
  • It is an enjoyable and memorable experience which further enhances brand loyalty.
  • Detailed technical information is provided establishing product integrity.
  • Analytics are provided to the staff to improve merchandising, pricing and product movement.

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Retail Branding

When was the last time you took a step back and looked at your branding? Many retailers assume that once they have devised their initial branding strategy they don’t need to look at it again.

However, branding should be an ongoing, liquid process that you are constantly analysing and assessing. If your business has stopped being profitable, it could be down to something as simple as your retail branding strategy.

The only thing constant in retail is change; and successful retailers are those who constantly monitor their brand in all of its manifestations in order to assess how it appears to their customers. Retail branding consists of a number of things, including:

These key touch points should be constantly measured against market trends, customer lifestyles, and customer expectations. Losing touch with any of these key branding areas can seriously erode the retail brand image, which can be expensive to pick up and repair later on.

Here at Retail Vision we are expert retail branding consultants, with many years’ experience working with some of the biggest brands in the UK, such as Tesco and Asda. We have helped these brands, and many others, to constantly stay fresh and appealing to their target customers.

Once you’ve established a trusted and profitable retail brand it’s important not to rest on your laurels. With our help you can maintain and strengthen your brand, perhaps even extending it into new markets before your competitors do. Make it your priority to look at your store, branding, and communication annually, as well as tracking how your customers’ lives and needs are changing and how you can continue to serve them.

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