Wednesday, October 3, 2012

What's your promise?

Businesses that last are businesses that stand for something.

Something that connects with their customers.

Something that directs their employees.

Something that separates them from the competition.

Some people call this branding. Others call it strategy. Either way, it's simply a promise you make to everyone who comes into contact with your company and sets an expectation of delivery.

Nike's promise is, "Authentic athletic performance."
Ritz Carlton's is, "Ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen."
Hallmark's is "Caring shared."

What promise is your business making to your customers and employees that makes it different from anyone else in your category?

Answer that question correctly and you're on the road for the long haul.


  1. This is a great post, and like those promises, short and meaningful and easily understood. Thank you Harvey. I will take some time today to look at our promise "Fun... not food" to see if I can make it clearer and stronger for me and my employees and clients.

    1. Thanks Phil. I'm glad someone's getting value out of my ramblings. Let me know if you want me to take a run at something for you.