In his speech to the JFAM Conference, Steve Gardner, President of Gardner Nelson + Partners, addresses the broad issue of managing financial brands through the negative cycles of the financial markets. Gardner contrasts the behavior of the financial industry following the 2008 financial crisis with historical precedent to argue that the institutions that continue to communicate throughout negative cycles emerge with stronger brands, and with their leadership credentials enhanced.
It has never been harder to be a marketer than it is today. 70 hours a week isn’t enough to push and pull all the communications buttons, levers, and switches at your disposal. And with so many experts in so many disciplines proclaiming that theirs is the path that will guarantee the future of your brand, who should you listen to first?
Some say it's now over 3000 (Number of ad messages you see each day, that is.), but here at Gardner Nelson + Partners, we are not so concerned with message bombardus increasis. Nope, what bothers us is how badly all these messages are communicating what they're supposed to communicate.
When Marion Harper created the concept of an “agency holding company” in 1960, he didn’t pretend there was any benefit to clients. It was simply a financial structure to manage around client conflicts. Clients see this every day… in the work, the people, and the endless haggling about money…
This year, when we decided to revamp the site, we set ourselves a few goals. In this post we lay out why we revamped our site, what we wanted to accomplish, how we went about achieving those goals, and what we've got on tap for the site in the future.