Recently the business week top 50 companies in terms of business innovation list was released which made interesting reading. As a Business Marketing Strategy Consultant I took a look at the list to see what the key learnings were for me to take and to incorporate into my day to day Consulting, Speaking and Training

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activities. For businesses of all sizes, Small and Medium Enterprises as well as large Corporates – we can see that those companies that did not rest on their laurels are the ones that surge forward.

One of the key trends was that of the increase in Asia companies such as :

  • China’s high speed bullet trains
  • China’s wind turbines
  • South Korea’s Hyundai
  • South Korea’s LG Electronics

Having worked with Far Eastern companies for many years and having experienced the privilege of residing and managing in the region for a few years I have witnessed first hand the high levels of intelligence and dedication that is to be found in such countries. Rapidly learning from the best practices found in the west and adding where appropriate in order to develop and grown their own brand into global powerhouses.

Herein is the key learning from this post – keep reading, studying, learning and applying new ideas to your business. This applies to managers from large corporates to the small SME and the location in the world that one is operating in does not matter.

HTC were a contract manufacturer for many years for …

  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Verizon
  • NTT Docomo
  • T Mobile
  • Sprint Nextel

… and learnt from their experiences where we now see the HTC brand standing alone as a quality, sought after brand with a specific message.

To end with this theme of innovation, the question I’d like you to consider is – what are you doing different in your business from what you were doing three months ago ?? Are you implementing specific key innovation strategies, making use of the new technologies and trying new things to reach your clients and to establish exactly what your message is in the crowded marketplace that we can see all around us.

We can all innovate starting by making a list of where we are today, where we want to get to and determining how we are going to get there. To close – I would like you to never underestimate the power of outside consulting expertise to help to get where you wish to get to in as fast as time as possible.

We will speak more about innovation in another posting – for now, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any comments or would like to talk about business consulting in general.

Best,

-Stephen C Campbell






top ten business books

As a Business Marketing Strategy Consultant and Seminar Trainer – I work with businesses from a wide range of Business Sectors including …

  • Technology
  • Frequently Manufactured Consumer Goods
  • Beauty
  • Health and Wellness

                                      … and have to come up with developing and taking apart and putting back together Business Marketing Strategies and Tactics that corporations make use of to take their business to the next level. In essence I take all the lessons that I have learnt from working in over twenty countries throughout the world and working with companies such as …

  • Fujitsu
  • NEC
  • JC Decaux
  • Proctor and Gamble
  • Amazing Harmony
  • Hewlett Packard
  • British Telecommunications

                                   …. and conducting business with these companies in countries including …

  • United States
  • France
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Taiwan

                                    … as well as – reading, reading, reading, reading. I read business books all the time and take from the best Business Marketing Strategies and add to my own personal internal library. The combination and education and experience enable me to comment on the spot and develop strategies for topics such as …

  • Channel Marketing
  • Ideal Client Profiling
  • Marketing Segmentation
  • Pricing Strategies

                            …. and so much more. So there you go, I read and study A LOT with a view to being excellent as an Internet Business Marketing Strategy consultant and; here  is a list of ten books that I recommend that you can take and devour to improve your Marketing Strategy skills.

Stephen C Campbell

 


Name Company Notes
 Jay Abraham

jay abraham

9 Ways to Move Your Business from Stagnation to Stunning Growth InTough Economic Times

 

Stephen Pierce

stephen pierce A great resource from someone who has been there and done it – from nothing
 David Abingdon

david abingdon a treasure trove of a book crammed full of time-tested strategies and techniques to help you to get more customers, get more out of your customers and to keep them coming back for more.
 Abigail M. Thernstrom

 

Abigail M. Thernstrom The racial gap in academic performance between whites and Asians, on the one hand, and Latinos and blacks, on the other hand, is America’s most urgent educational problem.
Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy Dan Kennedy Takes Business Owners from Recession Warriors to New Economy Entrepreneurs
 

H W Brands

H W Brands Giants of American Business from John Jacob Astor and J.P. Morgan to Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey
Peter Drucker

Peter Drucker The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writings on Management
David Sandler

David Sandler The Sandler Rules: 49 Timeless Selling Principles and How to Apply Them
Richard Branson

Richard Branson In "Business Stripped Bare", Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant and audacious deals.
 W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant



Japanese Business Cards

I had such a wonderful time and experience managing and conducting business in Japan, we managed to grow the business from within Japan to South Korea, India & Taiwan and were in discussions with the very company who years later

purchased the PC business from IBM – Legend. I found one of my Business Cards so decided to display it here, for no other reason than to be able to remind myself of the very tough [but fun] times I had conducting business in the Land Of The Rising Sun.

Yoji, Hro, Kengo, Makiko and the rest – sorry we lost contact, if you happen to stumble across this, do get in touch.

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu

Having has the privilege ot have conducted business throughout Europe the United States and the Far East I have to say that the most joy and interest that I had was in conducting business and seeing globalization in action in places such as Indonesia, South Korea, India and Taiwan.

The way that the world markets are structured means that we actually need the world markets in places such as India and China to develop in business skills such as manufacturing, design and joint venturing. As the richer economies continue to innovate we see the other world economies taking on tasks such as co development and low cost manufacturing.

While many kick against the rise of globalization, the fact remains the innovation in the traditional wealthier economies of the world means that business opportunies and economic development paths are given to the less wealthy economies of the world. These emerging markets move on to become established world markets – such as given in the example of South Korea.