Category Archives: Advocacy

Is “Advocacy” part of your Strategic Plan?

I have been helping companies develop their corporate and customer strategic plans for the past 15 years in one capacity or another.  This is a MUST HAVE for any business, regardless of size.  And when I talk about a “Strategic Plan” I am not referring to the type that is built by a consultant to…

Smart Strategizing in Healthcare

A few months ago I had the pleasure of meeting Karen Meek, a Corporate Communications Strategist and Content Writer.  She was writing an article for the Healthcare and Medical Industry – why doctors and others should start thinking about and using social media.  She wanted to interview me, ask me some questions, and get my…

The world of “NEWS” has changed…

One of my favorite sites is Mashable because it not only gives me very relevant topics but also goes deep int other story and under the covers and around the corners to give you lots of details.  I am definitely an “Advocate” for Mashable. They came out with a great blog post, “For the First…

Promises – Seth’s Experience with Apple

A few weeks ago I posted on my blog the Promises Architecture showing that making and keeping Promises is key to building Advocacy personally or professionally.  This is something I developed over 5 years ago and is proving to be even more relevant today with the advent and use of social media.  Today, I saw…

Why “friend collecting” doesn’t work

We hear about it all the time these days – you have to have thousands of “friends” or “followers” to make social media work for you – BUNK.  Whoever came up with this notion doesn’t understand how business really gets done. Think back to our grandparents era (and maybe before) and how business got done. …

Loyalty vs. Advocacy – Which is best?

This is a question I get asked quite a bit, “What is the difference between Loyalty and Advocacy, don’t you get one with the other?”  Unfortunately, the answer is no the majority of time. Loyalty is awesome.  Companies and organizations have put a lot of effort into trying to create Loyal Customers that will buy…

Advocates DON’T have to be Customers…

There is a key differentiator when it comes to Advocacy over anything else.  The interesting part of Advocacy is that someone doesn’t have to be a customer or even done business with you to be your Advocate.  This makes advocacy the most leveraged form of word-of-mouth available to any business. In the customer world, we…

“Promises Architecture” – foundation of Advocacy

If you read my bio or what this blog is all about, you will realize that I am all about helping people and businesses build advocacy.  While it started a long time ago when I was consulting in the areas of corporate strategy and customer experiences.  I never claimed to be the brightest person in…

Who are they?

One of the most helpful activities a business can undertake is to identify who they feel are their ADVOCATES.  While this may seem pretty straight forward, try it and you will find it isn’t as easy as you thought. Why is it so difficult?  Two primary reasons.  First, you have to identify the characteristics you…

Getting "It’s all about ME" to work for you

There is absolutely, positively no doubt in the world today that the key mantra for people is “It’s all about ME”.  We see it in TV programming (approximately 70% of today’s programming is “reality” TV), we see it in the traditional advertising and we really see it in social media. In one of my earlier…