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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

 

VALUE ART & COM PROJECT:

The value of Mainz as a centre for the culture of communication

 

Who we are:

As a global research & publishing company Value Communication AG was founded in 2007 by its CEO Andreas Weber based in Mainz/Germany, the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg.

 

The Aim of Our Project:

Our Value Art & Com ( i.e. Communication) project came up as an idea after Sükran Ceren Salali who came to Mainz from Istanbul as an Erasmus intern in Value Communication AG, inspired by the rich cultural and artistic environment of the city of Mainz and decided to experience it in order to find out the interaction between the rich culture of the city of Johannes Gutenberg and the real value of communication. The project includes photographs and movies taken with a different perspective in various points of Mainz, interviews with people from different countries and professions who live in Mainz and also ValueCheck! surveys as a valuable resource to experience the effectiveness of communication.

 

Why You Should Participate:

In the age of digital transformation, the importance of communication reached its high levels and also transformed into various platforms and tools. In order to become more successful in the market, businesses should adapt their strategies based on this new face of communication process. Moreover, the satisfaction of customers become more and more as the center of business process. For this reason, Value Communication AG guides companies on track of achieving the effectiveness of communication and acquiring right strategies so as to satisfy their customers and having more profits.

After participating our project and as an option applying our ValueCheck! approach, companies have the chance to see on which areas they have deficiencies and how they can strengthen their business processes via having the support of Germany´s leading business communication analyst and innovation expert, Andreas Weber.

 

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The Interview Project:

Ten years ago from now, Andreas Weber and Guido Ludes prepared the book „Mainz — Stadtlandschaften 2“ including various artworks of Ludes, texts related with Mainz and short comments by people from different professions from the owner of a bakery to the minister-president of Mainz. — BTW: It happened exactly in the same year, 2104, when Marc Zuckerberg founded Facebook!

Even though it was a great resource and a stylish book, so many things are changed in Mainz last 10 years, as is with many other phases of life. Therefore, we think that it would be very useful to repeat a similar project with new candidates and a new content.

The interview project includes a question:

 

What is the real value of communication?

We have already interviewed around 20 people; almost half of them are artists from Rheinland-Pfalz region, 6 of them are international students, others are working in Mainz, and finally we will talk to the governor of Rheinland-Pfalz region, Ministerpräsidentin Malu Dreyer.

 

 

Further information:

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IN HONOR TO THE MAN WHO TURNED THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT INTO A SUCCESSFUL BRAND

Almost everyone in the technology sector says that they admire Steve Jobs. However, when it comes to applying what he led already, many of them fail. —Andreas Weber, Value CEO, Mainz/Germany

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

Based on the text with a good analysis from to Rod Bauer from Bauer group, there are several lessons we should take into consideration in order to be more successful in the business world. Especially, those who admire Jobs and think he was the most effective CEO, should rethink about their working strategies regarding these facts:

Lesson #1 — Creating great products requires patience

Lesson #2 — Think big

Lesson #3 — Focus on your strengths

Lesson #4 — Think different

Lesson #5 — Technology by itself is not enough

 

Apparently, many people in Silicon Valley give all their attention on writing code or learning how to run a company, but not on “learning how to learn”. What made Steve Job very successful was the way he gave value on learning culture, music, film, calligraphy, design and architecture. So, we have many things to learn from him, other than remaining as so-called admirers.

 

Our Take: Learn how to use the ValueCheck! to create value — Invented in Mainz/Germany

In regards to Steve Jobs, we are working with many talented artist and innovators, organizing outstanding art&culture events. Value Communication AG created ValueCheck! to enable a strategy that considers human to human aspects as important energizers for successful business strategies.

So, at least, not only direct business relations, but also art and culture experiences are focused by Value Communication AG. Being established in a 2000-year-old city, Mainz, that is surrounded by fascinating specialties of art, history and culture, the ValueCheck! practices what it preaches and emphasizes its practices regarding with the understanding of connecting innovation to profit.

ValueCheck! have already taken those principles into consideration which are highlighted by Steve Jobs such as patience, thinking big, focusing on strengths, thinking different and knowing that technology is solely not enough. ValueCheck! also guides businesses  to take these principles in order to become more successful and keep up with the times of digital transformation and the age of consumer by using ValueCheck Audits and Coachings by analyzing them in a professional, smart and effective way.

 

 

 

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By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

“Don’t be a futurist, be a now-ist!”
Prof. Joi Ito, MIT Media Lab

Prof. Joi Ito, the (creative) Director of MIT Media Lab, made a fascinating speech which was presented at an official TED ConferenceThanks to Prof. Ito, Business Innovation process got one of its best explanations. During his talk, Ito drew attention to various facts about the transformation of internet as an innovative business tool in today’s world based on his own experiences and many examples.

He started with talking about the times when to get MBA was very important and also the time we do not have internet, what Ito calls it as “Before Internet” (BI), people mostly hired MBA’s, spent a lot of money and created their products and services. Nowadays, it is possible to create such new businesses and to get connections in a different, fast and more cost efficient way. Prof. Ito showed how the do it in China, where they don’t demo new products on websites and PPT charts, they just deploy it on-the-fly.

“Traditional rules of institutions do not work anymore”

In a good sense of humor, Ito also criticized the education system we are in. According to him, education is what people do to you and learning is what you do to yourself. One of our favorite parts of his talk is when he said is what you need to learn is how to learn.

In the age of working with machines which are able to do the same work that is done by many workers in a factory, innovation is, as Prof. Ito remarked, democratic, chaotic, and hard to control. Therefore, traditional rules of institutions do not work anymore.

Taking the no-more-practical traditional rules into consideration, Prof. Ito highlighted various different principles in order to benefit from transformation and innovation in a better way. For instance, he gave “power of pull” as an idea of pulling resources from the network as you need them rather than stocking them in the center and controlling everything. It sounds very practical and smart in order to catch the spirit of innovation.

“Key to success: being connected, always learning”

In the end of this charming and smart speech, Prof. Ito summarized what he wanted to say by these excellent sentences:
“… even though the world is extremely complex, what you need to do is very simple. I think it’s about stopping this notion that you need to plan everything, you need to stock everything, and you need to be so prepared, and focus on being connected, always learning, fully aware, and super present. — So I don’t like the word ‘futurist’. I think we should be ‘now-ists’, like we are right now.”

 

Our Take: Thank you for leading us to think from this wonderful perspective, dear Prof. Joi Ito!
What we have been trying to explain so far via our blog posts regarding ValueCheck! and how it works is very well fits the talk of Prof. Joi Ito. In the age of digital transformation, getting rid of analogue ways of thinking and trying to be more present “at the moment” with a high attention to our relations with other humans and the environment we live in are very important age to adapt new trends of business life. Let’s give it a try… ValueCheck! helps you to catch the spirit of becoming now-ists!

 

 

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NOTE: ValueCheck! delivers recently the most comprehensive and effective way to update your business management&communication knowledge. Our Focus: Identify relevant topics to be discussed, put them into the right context and be able to create your own opinion and expertise.

 

Why its worth reading this Blog post:

• Summary of the most relevant ValueCheck! Blog post
• Train your Brain on-the-fly
• Get a very useful access to update your knowledge via ValueLinks and ValueTips

 

+++ ValueCheck! — What is the Value of Value Communication AG?

We deliver a unique method and way by answering two main questions:

  1. How to “Connect Innovation to Profit”!
  2. How to unify “Communication, Art and Culture”!
  3. We call it “ValueCheck!” and cover three areas: Analysis, Audits, Coachings.

Startings point is always a written ValueCheck! Blog post to define the Status quo!

ValueCheck Audits orientates businesses to generate profit and to enjoy outcomes of disruptive innovation and communication.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/06/value-check-what-is-the-value-of-value-communication-ag/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — The Secrets of the Age of Digital Transformation

In other words, human side of business transformation should be taken more into consideration as the age of digital transformation puts consumer in the center. This is why Value Communication keeps focusing on using digital technologies based on H2H and a disruptive approach to understand the relationship between technologies and consumer behavior.

ValueCheck! emphasizes the relationship between H2H aspects and the use of digital technologies while analyzing consumer behavior and the company’s approach.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/02/valuecheck-the-secrets-of-the-age-of-digital-transformation/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — ’Rent a Brain’ is the perfect way to succeed in Social Biz

What we at Value Communication aim by „ValueCheck!“ is to help business people to become far more successful in their sectors. By answering the questions of „ValueCheck! Audits“, a company can become aware of its abilities and inadequacies in a more detailed way. The important thing is we treat our customers as (best) friends.

Our ValueCheck! method equals to friendly attitude towards our customers and a detailed way to guide them to see their capabilities.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/10/valuecheck-
rent-a-brain-is-the-perfect-way-to-succeed-in-social-biz/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Connect Innovation to Profit!

The performance promise: “connect innovation to profit”. Your benefits:

  • ValueCheck! is something like a fitness check-up to be prepared for The Age of the Customer.
  • ValueCheck! delivers orientation how to optimize all dimensions of your internal and external business communication success.
  • ValueCheck! guides you through the digital world to accelerate your profitable growth.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/06/11/value-check-connect-innovation-to-profit/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Train Your Brain!

We proudly present: World’s first Train Your Brain Fitness Check-up to be ready for profitable growth in “The Age of the Customer”!
We are happy and proud to share some thoughts. Based in Johannes Gutenberg‘s hometown, Mainz/Germany, we are dedicated to the rich culture of Art = Innovation = Communication = Human-to-Human!

Value Communication analyses and supports approaches of customers to H2H aspects and then finds the best method to guide them on track of becoming a successful and profit-making companies.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/06/19/value-check-train-your-brain/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Disruptive Task: “Bust the Silos — Convert the VIRTUAL to REALITY”

But nevertheless we live in a digital world. Social Media and all our Social Activities will never be able to create relatedness. It enables connections. That’s it! — Kill stupidity in business driven by executives who still use their analog thinking in a digital world.

Our message according to all activities based on our disruptive Value Task:
Just do it the smart way. Unify Social & Human-to-Human. ValueCheck! has a disruptive approach that combines advisory, publishing and community.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/value-communications-manifesto/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — The disruptive “Value Eco-System”

The strategic analysis is done via ValueCheck! and ValueProfile, which supplies the design of a new communication architecture as a result.

ValueCheck! strategizes a new approach to innovative communication techniques for companies in order to guide them to have more benefits from the market.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2012/07/24/the-value-eco-system/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Philosophy and Principles of Value Communication

The effectiveness of communication and the efficiency of communication processes are developed with innovative tools and methods by Value Communication such as Value Academy and ValueCheck!.

ValueCheck! is one of the important tools and methods in Value Communication’s principles and philosophy. Via ValueCheck, the development of effective communication processes is very easy.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/philosophy-and-principles-of-value-communication/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Disruptive and/or Destructive Innovation?

Disruptive innovation is not a threat as it would be perceived by the university management of Harvard Business School based on last debates about whether entering to the business of online education or not. What makes innovation disruptive is the way it makes a product, a service or an idea remarkable with an unusual approach to renew our consumption patterns and lifestyles.

Since ValueCheck! contains a disruptive strategy, it checks H2H and B2B aspects with an unusual way to renew the company strategies.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/09/valuecheck-disruptive-andor-destructive-innovation/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — ’Rent a Brain’ is the perfect way to succeed in Social Biz

Very successful business owners, emphasize the effectiveness of having help from a mentor or a colleague in order to accomplish their goals.

ValueCheck! acts as a mentor for companies in order to achieve their goals and change their company strategies into more innovative communication techniques.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/10/valuecheck-rent-a-brain-is-the-perfect-way-to-succeed-in-social-biz/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — How Social Media leads to Social Business

It is apparent that those B2B service companies require important innovation and transformation in order to satisfy the expectations of their potential customers. Therefore, the importance of „ValueCheck! Audits“are apparent as a solution to check the weaknesses of businesses in Social Selling and Social Businesses. „ValueCheck!“ questions include many related topics so as to strengthen the strategies of companies.

Even many successful companies fail to satisfy customers. ValueCheck Audits provides better perspective to see what is missing on track of keeping good connections with the market and customers.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/10/valuecheck-how-social-media-leeds-to-social-business/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — HBS: The Professor’s Innovation Dilemma

Our Take: You can’t do value education without disruptive Value Innovation.

I think, in the age of digital transformation, education needs to get some disruptive innovation as well. Maybe, we can call it “digital education”. Digital Education allows many applicants around the world to benefit from online education platforms via several tools such as iPhone, iPad and other portable instruments. Considering all of these, I am pretty surprised that how as one of the top ranked and most successful universities, Harvard Business School, has a dilemma about entering online education.

ValueCheck! follows the latest trends in order to guide companies in the best way so as to adapt itself and its customers to the age of digital transformation.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/09/valuecheck-the-professors-innovation-dilemma/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Beyond Design: Technology enables H2H interaction

In the future it is more about Interaction & H2H and less about Designers…

The core meaning of the tweet is design matters, nevertheless; it is not solely enough to become very successful. Besides design, key enablers of PARC include other systems such as intelligent manufacturing, model-based reasoning, integrated planning and control, and printed electronics. Moreover, without effective human-to-human interaction and innovative approaches to satisfy customer, a superior design only leads to empty promises, or let’s say “all fur coat and no knickers”!

ValueCheck! emphasizes human-to-human interaction and innovative approaches that guide companies for a better strategy to adapt in future technologies and the market system.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/02/beyond-design-technology-enables-h2h-interaction/

 

+++ ValueCheck! — Print in the Digital Age!

In the age of digital transformation, it is a big mistake to limit advertising and marketing based only on printing like we already know it. There are many platforms and social networks to work on in order to advertise a product or a system by drawing attentions. The age of the so called „digital transformation“ needs better rethinking over analogue approaches in order to satisfy consumer needs in a best way.

ValueCheck! also focuses on the importance of social networks and various platforms in order to catch the spirit of the age of digital transformation and distribute it to companies as applicants of ValueCheck! Audits.

READ MORE: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/07/07/valuecheck-print-in-the-digital-age/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paradigm Shift: Social Media became Social Business. Social Business is driven bei Social Selling. Social Selling has the biggest impact on all of us in the history of mankind. Because Communication and Transaction get almost unified. “ —Andreas Weber, Founder and CEO of Value Communication AG

 

Social Business enables Social Selling in Innovative and Transformative Senses

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

Welcome to The Age of the Paradigm Shift: We are already arrived in the age of innovation and transformation in many sectors. Accordingly, several agents and companies are making different researches and trying to develop solutions in order to let companies and businesses to adapt themselves into changing market system.

McKinsey made a recent research regarding the relationship between B2B service providers and Brand Owners and their relationship between their customers by examining publicly available documents of Fortune 500 and DAX 30 companies for information and data. Based on the research, there is a huge gap between the brand messages and what the customers really want to know.

While B2B service companies focusing themes such as social responsibility, sustainability, and global research, customers give more importance on effective supply chain management and specialist market knowledge. Surprisingly, these two themes were least mentioned ones by B2B suppliers.

It is apparent that those B2B service companies require important innovation and transformation in order to satisfy the expectations of their potential customers. Therefore, the importance of „ValueCheck! Audits“ are apparent as a solution to check the weaknesses of businesses in Social Selling and Social Businesses. „ValueCheck!“ questions include many related topics so as to strengthen the strategies of companies.

 

Beyond McKinsey: We need a new Social Selling Approach

Greg Hyer, the author of the text Social Selling is About Opening, Not Closing, refers to the method of Social Selling as an effective provider for contacts between the company and the customer. In this respect, opening and creating relationships built on trust and value rather than being close is very important. Social Selling is also about opening new relationships by offering various principles to guide sales people so as to keep buyers well informed about services and products.

There are some steps to follow in order to open up a relationship such as initializing contact and greeting, asking discovery questions, recommending solutions, and closing the sale.

Using social media networks and tools is very effective in the process of Social Selling. In fact, it doesn’t mean that you will suddenly close a deal on LinkedIn, however; you will be able to contact with the right person to open up a relationship to initiate the process.

 

Not only Social Selling, but also building the social enterprise is crucial in the process of transformation and innovation. Based on an article published by McKinsey, using social technologies are effective in order to build the social enterprise. Moreover, four principles are counted as a guidance of the implementation of social technologies such as

  • adding value but not complexity,
  • experimenting and learning,
  • tracking impact and
  • evolving metrics.

 

Our Take:  

Adapting these principles will help a lot to create the new type of social enterprises as a deep understanding of social media and social communication is crucial in the market system and business relations.

We arrived already in The Age of the Customer. Digital transformation became reality. Which means every entrepreneur and business person should be able to understand the importance of Human-to-Human (H2H) aspects. Social Media Networks and Social Selling are not a „nice to have“  but crucial for the sake of opening new relationships and building new social businesses. At least the challenge is to be able to connect innovation to profit!

 

Please read more if you want to learn how to Connect Innovation to Profit via „ValueCheck! Audits“.

 

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You want to get in touch for further insights? — Just send us an email!

a.weber(at)value-communication.com

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Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to go it alone. Most successful business owners will tell you they could not have accomplished their goals without help–from a mentor, colleague, even mom and dad. – Matt Villano

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

Matt Villano created a great and precise blog post under the name of The Best Business Advice You’ll Ever Get and highlighted several comments from various business people. In The Age of Customer, I think, the point Villano wants to draw attention is the importance of Human-to-Human aspects in having healthy business relations and being successful.

Each professional stated the importance of teamwork and advice on track of being a successful business people. For instance, Sheila Johnson, founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts, stated that working with a great team is noteworthy. Likewise, most of them, very successful business owners, emphasize the effectiveness of having help from a mentor or a colleague in order to accomplish their goals.

 

Our Take: Analyze & Re-Think what you have to do to do it best!

What we at Value Communication aim by „ValueCheck!“ is to help business people to become far more successful in their sectors. By answering the questions of „ValueCheck! Audits“, a company can become aware of its abilities and inadequacies in a more detailed way. The important thing is we treat our customers as (best) friends. We provide a smart and fast check-up to our customers by answering two questions: How to “Connect Innovation to Profit” and How to unify “Communication, Art and Culture” by covering three areas such as Analysis, Audits, Coachings.

Check it out!

 

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You want to get in touch for further insights? — Just send us an email!

a.weber(at)value-communication.com

Or contact us via Facebook!

@ValueCommAG

 

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ValueChecking the Thoughts on Disruptive Innovation

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

Nowadays, it seems like many people are debating about disruptive innovation and its effects on the market. Some say disruptive innovation is very useful, while others say it is not the best solution for future marketing benefits.

Does Disruption needs destruction?

The author of a short text that is named as A Few Thoughts On Disruption, Innovation, Reuven Cohen, supports the idea that disruptive innovation is a technique that is destroying the market in order to provide new opportunities and values. To some extent, this approach is true. For instance, in a vast scale, people stopped to use Nokia and Blackberry after Apple’s iPhone is produced. Also, many people prefer to use WhatsApp other than sending SMS.

Cohen interprets these innovative changes as destructive and he states that it is a modern management tool between businesses. He advises that we do not need disruptive innovation techniques, however; we need to question the needs of a particular market in different ways than before.

 

Our Take: Think different! Disruptive innovation is not a threat!

Even though Cohen highlights several important facts about disruptive innovation, it is not useless as long as it is well structured to set up human-to-human interactions in reciprocal and profitable ways. For instance, disruptive innovation is not a threat as it would be perceived by the university management of Harvard Business School based on last debates about whether entering to the business of online education or not. What makes innovation disruptive is the way it makes a product, a service or an idea remarkable with an unusual approach to renew our consumption patterns and lifestyles.

 

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BTW: This is why we created the disruptive Value Innovation approach driven by Value Communication. If you do not know yet how that works pls. get in touch with us! 

You want to get in touch for further insights? — Just send us an email!

a.weber(at)value-communication.com

Or contact us via Facebook!

@ValueCommAG

 

 

 

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Bringing Intelligence to Everything – But Without Renewing Your Analogue Approaches?

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

Printability and Graphic Communications Institute has prepared a presentation which highlights various important facts about printing and its relation with marketing. The presentation is interesting and effective as well as it is well structured as a whole. However, there are several aspects that are mispresented.

The presentation is very well structured:

• It begins with a catchy sentence and an outline with key factors such as global context, the critical role of ICT, the “digital Darwinism” of the printed applications and evolving needs, responsive solutions.

• In the global context, subjects such as globalization, food and drug safety, increasing population, individualization and aging population are mentioned in order to present societal changes. Also, the data of consumer tendency, products and consumption are included in this part which is useful.

• Under the title of the critical role of ICT, three major facts; multi-device access, cloud computing and social network, are touched upon in relation with the fact that business approaches are changing with the high level use of mobile internet and social networks.

• When it comes to the digital Darwinism of the printed applications, the evaluation of consumer behavior is visualized starting from Gutenberg’s invention of mechanical movable type setting and also foreseeing the future, 2020s. I think the expression and the content is satisfactory.

• Lastly, in the part of evolving needs, responsive solutions, adoption of printing technologies by customer and by manufacturer are explained in a detailed way step by step.

 

Our Take: Yeah! BUT good is not good enough!

It seems like Bois and Canet did a good job by preparing an effective and explanatory presentation. The thing is, in the end, they recommend that print should fulfill the needs of marketers to push advertising campaigns. In the age of digital transformation, it is a big mistake to limit advertising and marketing based only on printing like we already know it. There are many platforms and social networks to work on in order to advertise a product or a system by drawing attentions. The age of the so called „digital transformation“ needs better rethinking over analogue approaches in order to satisfy consumer needs in a best way.

 

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Please check out our ValueCheck!

 

 

 

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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

Good news! Jeff Jacobson became the new President of Technology Business for Xerox. For sure, he is one of the best in the whole market place!” —Andreas Weber, ValueCEO

 


Jeff Jacobson
is a talented and dynamic professional with his excellent knowledge on the graphic communications sector, leadership and passion. He has worked for many important business groups and companies such as RCA Global Communications, Kodak Polychrome Graphics and Presstek. Jacobson joined Xerox in 2012, and after working two years as a corporate vice president, he is appointed the new President of Technology Business for Xerox in 2014 following Armando Zagalo de Lima, who is retired after 31 years at Xerox.

Recently, Jacobson distributed a letter to employees, partners and friends of the Technology Business in July, 2014, in which we can see how hardworking, passionate and principled his working attitude is. The way he approaches to sustained profitability for longer term is remarkable as he thinks not only achieving a big success in a specific year, but also being cost-efficient and investing in research and development to keep that success is important. Jacobson’s passion about technology business makes him quite successful as a president who has already caught the H2H approach by working for the Graphic Communications group.

 

Our Take: Think Different! Keep Human!

Jacobson believes that quality comes with treating each customer as it is the most important one which I have found very impressive as we are in the age of the customer. His enthusiasm to understand market needs and to structure technological developments is strengthened by his words: If We Don’t Take Care of the Customer, Somebody Else Will. It seems like he values communication and innovation rather a lot. His genuine and transparent understanding of customer relations involves providing customers to experience all of the benefits of doing business with Xerox. What he experienced from the struggles he had at the period of his career in the past are creating bold goals, doing teamwork and working hard which all demonstrate how innovative he is for finding essential solutions.

It is apparent that Xerox will be progressing more and more in following months with its new and determined president of Technology Business.

Congratulations, Jeff Jacobson! 

 

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© 2014 by Value Communication AG, Mainz/Germany

 

By Şükran Ceren Salalı, Value Communication Fellow

 

At a Glance: About Elanders

Elanders AB as a global company offers three product areas such as supply chain, print&packaging and e-commerce. Acting as a strategic partner to its customers, Elanders has business strategies in order to fulfill and support customer needs. According to its concept on business, Elanders has five strategies. One of those is that Elanders develops local customers with global needs into global customers. Also, optimizing uses its own capacity for global production and delivery capacity. In order to become more efficient, Elanders creates uniform and automated process in the Group. Elanders pays attention to future needs by the way of developing products for future needs that are useful in our current business.

 

Elanders Success Formula:
Acquisition + Transformation = Growth

Elanders AB became very successful in 2011 thanks to their focus on the cost aspects. They developed their production facilities to use markets in several countries such as Poland and Hungary for low-cost production in order to have products for the German and Swedish market. By this way, Elanders provided high production level with an excellent manufacturing quality. Nowadays, customers do not care about where the product is produced, however; they care about cost efficiency of suppliers. Having regard to this, Elanders followed right strategic approaches that provided them to have profitable growth. Later on, Elanders went for personalized print services, the packaging market and a fast growing consumer business which took them to collaborative works with d|o|m and fotokasten (fully integrated by acquisition). Following this, they had the chance to perform web-to-business and e-commerce solutions.

Depending on the interview with Elanders AB’s CEO Magnus Nilsson in 2012, his responses showed that Elanders gives importance on communication and customer satisfaction. They care about what customers expect such as quality, reliability, enhanced services and a good knowledge beyond printing. Also, they use their Twitter accounts properly and frequently for their business. And last bout not least Elanders AB reached a milestone in its history because they acquired a leading supply-chain service provider in Asia at the beginning of the year 2014.

 

Outlook: Practice What You Preach!

What makes Elanders a unique company and successful international Printing group is their foreseeing strategic approach on changing digitization and web-to-business solutions. The important question is: are they still in a good mood and very optimistic about the future in 2014 as they used to be in 2012?

 

You want to get in touch for further insights?

Just send us an email!

a.weber(at)value-communication.com

 

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