Tags: / /

I heard a fantastic story today which reminded me of the importance of trust in business.
The woman who shared the story worked in marketing for years and was a senior marketer for a car manufacturer. She always had to get sign off for her campaigns from her boss (who was not a marketer and did not know anything about advertising) He would always make one change and then approve it. This was frustrating to both her and the agency. So the agency came up with the ‘blue boat’ strategy. Most cars are depicted at a ¾ angle, very straight forward. So what they would do is add a boat into the background of the ad. Then this boss would say ‘love it, but please take out the blue boat in the background’. He got to contribute and the agency got to have their complete design without it being butchered. Dangerous game, what if the boss had liked the blue boat.
It would be much easier to be completely straight with the client in the first place. Hard though.
I remember at Ansett years ago (clearly) when every ad had to be approved by Sir Peter Ables. At the time Ansett had engaged a fabulous agency who won awards for its creativity, the Campaign Palace. Schedules were all important for the business market at that time so the agency created this series of ads ‘When you’ve got to dash, we’ve got the dots’, and then there was a chart with the timetable with dots …simple but clever. It went to Sir Peter and he only changed one word… ‘When you’ve got to ‘travel’ we’ve got the dots.’ It didn’t quite have the same impact. Maybe it was lost in translation…
Sometimes I look at ads and I bemoan the creativity or connectedness with the audience, but then I have no idea what the brief was nor how many fingers were in the pie.
The ability to trust the advice of professionals in business I believe is the sign of a true leader.

Grow & Scale Your Business by Naomi Simson

Tell Naomi a little bit about your business by completing the questions below. (It will take less than 60 seconds)

Answering your #1 Biggest Business Challenge question tip: 

Go beyond just saying "Poor Cashflow" or "Unreliable Team". 

Instead, give Naomi details & specifics on how this is currently your #1 Biggest Business Challenge. 

I.e. "Every month I'm struggling to pay my bills on time because there just isn't consistent cash flow coming into the business. I've tried sticking to budgets in the past & pay myself less to keep some extra funds aside for emergencies, but still every month there seems to be another financial fire to be put out. I don't know what to do about it, so I'm just grinding it out."


Thank you! We have received your information

Share This
  • 2018 (60)
  • 2017 (91)
  • 2016 (74)
  • 2015 (85)
  • 2014 (69)
  • 2013 (60)
  • 2012 (101)
  • 2011 (103)
  • 2010 (55)
  • 2009 (78)
  • 2008 (94)
  • 2007 (99)
  • 2006 (100)