Category Archive: Purpose

The Shutdown Crisis, Elysium, & Others

“Everybody wants to ask me lately about my predictions for the future,” the director says, “No, no, no.  This isn’t science fiction.  This is today.  This is now.”  –Neill Blomkamp, Director of Elysium

As a Sci-Fi enthusiast, I was excited about seeing Elysium back in July.  The movie envisions a future world of super rich folks “living large” on a man-made space station, while the rest of the world [...]

A “Product Guy” and Inspirational Marketer…

Though he had his fair share of flops in his early days (Apple III, NeXT, Lisa) and some well documented personal flaws, probably the greatest “product design CEO” of our era was Steve Jobs.

I realize that I am writing about Jobs a little later than most, but I finally finished the massive 500 page W. Isaccson biography over XMAS & I wanted to jot a few thoughts down about the [...]

Don’t follow your passion…

“For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself” —Viktor Frankl, Author of Man’s Search for Meaning

How many times have you been given the simple advice to just “follow your passion” and [...]

“Purpose driven” should not be faddish in the Age of Singularity

Apparently the topic of “purpose driven marketing” was in vogue at the latest Association of National Advertisers convention in late Oct.  You can read all about it in this Ad Age article.

It is great to see the advertising community getting on board with purpose.  I hope they don’t treat the idea of standing for something beyond $$ as a fad.

The greatest brands all stand for something above and beyond profit

The [...]

The Purpose of a Brand & Branding

Those not as familiar with marketing/brand building like to send questions on the topic my way, so I thought I would write a few lines on brands and purpose.  This is not an exhaustive discussion, but hopefully it provides a couple of links for you (esp. start-up folks) to check-out.

Let’s start by pulling a definition of a brand from experts in the space:

A brand is a distinctive bundle [...]

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