A better way to brainstorm

“Asking the right questions is so critical to success … Get everyone in a room and ask ‘OK, what are all the things we’re assuming or simply lack information about?’ and then ‘Which of these areas of ignorance are highest priority?’ It is both immensely useful and enhances collaboration.”

Erika Hall, author – just enough research

The earth has music for those who listen.

William Shakespeare

You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology. You can’t start with the technology.
Steve Jobs

H/T Dave Trott

Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them

Adlai E Jr Stevenson, American Diplomat

Get liked and get wanted. They’re different.

it’s helpful, in the context of marcomms effectiveness, to separate ‘liking’ from ‘wanting’ as they’re different neural pathways. It’s perfectly possible to like something yet not want it.

Phil Barden, author – decoded

Advertising people who ignore research are as dangerous as generals who ignore decodes of enemy signals.

David Ogilvy

Do we know what drives our customers?

“Nothing is so powerful as an insight into human nature, what compulsions drive a man, what instincts dominate his action, even though his language so often camouflages what really motivates him. For if you know these things about a man you can touch him at the core of his being.”

Bill Bernbach, advertising legend

There is only one space that matters [in communications]. The space between the customer’s ears

Sir John Hegarty, advertising legend

I’m not in the business of selling houses. I’m in the business of delivering dreams, shaped as houses.

Phil Dumphy, Modern Family

If you wish to persuade me, you must think my thoughts, feel my feelings, and speak my words.

Marcus Tullius Cicero, renowned Roman Senator and orator