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Bruce Turkel, Branding speaker

Bruce Turkel

    • CEO Turkel Brands
    • Branding Expert
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As CEO of the successful brand management firm, TURKEL, Bruce Turkel has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years. Bruce Turkel’s concepts are simple but not simplistic.  His methods are easy to understand and immediately actionable. His talks present a profound, proven, and potentially profitable way to build your brand strategy, increase sales and create real traction with your social media activities.

Under Bruce’s guidance, his firm has created wildly effective campaigns for its clients, including Hasbro, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Channel, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, HBO Latin America, Peabody Hotels,Bacardi, Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau, Canyon Ranch Living and Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts, to name just a few. Bruce’s firm is built on the belief that marketing should be well-designed, simple, and should make a client’s products and services more valuable. Using this straightforward checklist, he has worked with hundreds of clients, written thousands of headlines, and designed even more print ads, television spots, websites, and campaigns.

When he’s not creating advertising or design, he’s a sought after expert for CNN, MIT, NAMM, MPI, UM, NSA.  He’s also the author of Building Brand Value: Seven Simple Steps to Profitable Communication and two other branding and advertising business books. Bruce is currently finishing his next book, All About Them.

A captivating and entertaining speaker, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce appears regularly on FOX Business and has been on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Communication Arts, and AdWeek.   His branding work has been honored by Communication Arts, the Art Directors’ Club of New York, Clio and the One Show to name just a few, and this year his work won six Emmys.

In addition to writing and illustrating books and articles on branding, Bruce is the front man for the Miami R&B band Blackstar and enjoys practicing his harmonica in traffic, as well as being a dad, a husband and mentor and training for marathons.

7 STEPS TO BUILDING BRAND VALUE

Learn seven simple steps to building, maintaining, and communicating a great brand. Bruce Turkel provides entertaining anecdotes and real world examples to illustrate the finer points of brand building. Add significant value to your products by making your products more valuable to your customers.

 

THE CARE AND FEEDING OF CREATIVITY

Managing creative people can be a challenge. How do you establish a professional atmosphere that's productive AND inspiring? Bruce has supervised award-winning creative teams for 20 years. He shares practical and engaging tips that will help you manage and nurture your creative staff.

 

PRESENTATION SKILLS

Creating a great product or great advertising campaign is only half the battle. As Bruce says, "It don't mean a thing if you don't sell a thing." His 7 Steps to Building Brand Value provide solid advice for overcoming nervousness, organizing your thoughts and presenting yourself and your work in a dynamic, compelling way.

 

DEFINING YOUR BRAND ESSENCE

BMW defines its brand essence with four words. Nike, GE and Wal-Mart use three. Barack Obama sold the most powerful product in the world with two: “Hope” and “Change.” In this multi-media speech, Bruce Turkel shows you how to reduce your brand message to its most practical, actionable, and compelling essence.

 

THE KEYS TO INNOVATION

Hidden in Plain Sight, Content vs. Context, Non-Linear Thinking and the true definition of WTF??!! Are just a few of the concepts explored and explained in this irreverent but very practical talk. Bruce Turkel looks at innovation in a whole new way that will have your audience slapping their heads and thinking, “Why didn’t I see it like that before?” Your attendees will leave energized and excited about putting their new-found skills of imagination to work.

 

YOU DON’T NEED SOCIAL MEDIA. YOU NEED A STRATEGY.

You don’t need social media. You don’t need a website. You don’t need mobile. You need a strategy.

Don’t take this dramatic rant too far and become a marketing aesthete. You do need all those tools. They’re the ways you’ll market yourself and your business and get the word out about who you are and what you do. But before you create noise, you’ve got to know what you’re creating noise about and why anyone should care. If you don’t know what you’re yelling and screaming about, you’re wasting your breath.

Creating a hubbub in social media without a powerful strategy and wondering why your messages don’t go viral is like sneezing into your elbow and wondering why no one catches your cold.

Bruce Turkel shows his audiences exactly how to build their brands online. He will show you how to take the best tools, tips, and techniques from the analog world and move them online where they will generate global interest and response. 
Spend time with Bruce and you’ll learn: 
• Why an unfocused online presence is like a tree falling in a forest. 
• The danger of GMOOTs and how to avoid their traps. 
• How to build a powerful brand that will make a difference online. 
• How to tailor your message for each of the different social media. 
• How to get the most bang for your buck and increase the echo effect.

Bruce Turkel’s concepts are simple but not simplistic and his methods are easy to understand and immediately actionable. His talk presents a profound, proven, and potentially profitable way to plan your social media activities.

 

THE DESIGN OF SALES

It happened again! You blinked and the world changed. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t notice (it was hidden in plain sight). But whether you saw it or not, all of a sudden the planets realigned, the tectonic plates slipped, the paradigm shifted.

While you were dealing with your day-to-day affairs, function and competency took to a back seat to design. Its John Lennon’s prediction coming true: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

Back in the dark ages of analog production, we bought stuff because it worked better than other stuff. The Sears Craftsman tools in your shed were unbreakable and warrantied for life—in case it ever turned out that they weren’t. The Mercedes diesel in your garage would run for 300,000 miles without a hiccup. The Timex on your wrist would “take a licking and go on ticking.” Those products were successful because they were anomalies. Back then, most stuff just plain didn’t work. These things did.

Remember your old television? It broke all the time. Tubes would blow, dials would strip, and those funky remote control buttons would stop controlling remotely. But today, TVs simply don’t break. I’d be willing to bet that your giant flat-panel TV works just as well today as the day you mounted it on the wall.

Remember when cars used to leave you stranded? Back then it made sense to spend the extra money for a Volvo or Mercedes because they were so much more reliable than less expensive cars. But today, an inexpensive Kia or Hyundai will provide you just as much hassle-free driving as the most expensive BMW or Bentley. Maybe more.

Today people just expect the things they buy to work. And so function and competency are taken for granted. Instead of worrying about how well things work, consumers now buy things for how they look and feel, and more importantly, how the products make them look and feel.

Design, the former handmaiden to production, has become the differentiating asset consumers look for. To completely mix my metaphors, the king and queen of the prom have been upstaged by the AV guy with tape on his glasses.

Good design used to be something that was hard to acquire — it took a lot of time, money, and discerning taste — not to mention an unwillingness to accept the ordinary. Back in the day, being well dressed or having a beautifully designed home or office was a mark of distinction that was simply ‘out of reach’ for most people.

But today good design is available everywhere you look. Crate and Barrel, Target, and West Elm peddle it in every mall in America. Apple promises that the ubiquitous phone you carry in the pocket of your (designer) jeans or the computer sitting on your desktop is the most highly evolved industrial design you can own. Even products as prosaic as Nest thermostats, Plumen light bulbs, and Dyson fans have been designed to within an inch of their lives.

What hasn’t kept up with the blinding pace of design growth is the ability of salespeople to use aesthetics to meet their quotas. Believing that most consumers are still buying products based on what those products do, most salespeople are still busy demonstrating features and explaining capabilities instead of promoting what people are buying. Today an in-depth understanding of the modern consumers’ purchase motivations is what the best salespeople are using to push their products and services. Instead of inventorying capabilities, the savvy salesperson understands that their job has changed the best of them into editors and curators – constantly reappraising the aesthetic and lifestyle advantages of the products they sell and demonstrating these benefits to their customers.

A salesperson can’t sell what they can’t see. 
1. How to uncover the motivations of today’s consumer. 
2. The real difference between features and benefits and how to sell them. 
3. Why the traditional “Speeds & Feeds” sales strategy does not work anymore and what has taken its place. 
4. The critical difference between content and context, and how it can multiply your sales. 
5. The special sales secrets that are hidden in plain sight.

Understanding how sales have changed can be the difference between obsolescence and success.

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