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© 2015 by Value Communication AG, Mainz. | Photo: Our Value Communication Fellows Şükran Ceren Salalı and Sudarsha Rambaran, created an amazing video documentation to present their results!

By Andreas Weber, innovation expert and print analyst from the Gutenberg City of Mainz

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Key issues:

  • The medium print does not have any problem today and in the future. Moreover, it is not in any crisis caused by others. 
  • There is nearly no other sector that presents itself in the public eye so awkwardly and badly as the printing sector.
  • Print buyers highly appreciate good counseling and contemporary, proactive market communication specifically on the topic of how printed materials can be designed particularly effective, appealing and interactive. However, this type of service is in short supply.

The good old Johannes Gutenberg has tossed and turned in his grave for ages. While in 2000, the American business elite elected him “Man of the Millennium” and Silicon Valley called him the innovator of modern times (digital pope, Jeff Jarvis, dedicated the book “Gutenberg the Geek” to him), the printer guilt has denied and practically mothballed him. 

Printing has nearly joined the rank of “non-words”. Despite the fact that worldwide hundreds of thousands of companies still make their money by producing printed materials. Many in the commercial printing business are looking to describe their work and what they offer new: whether it is media production respective marketing service provider or cross-media service provider, they increasingly try to avoid being associated with the term “print”. 

Is this necessary? No! — Therefore, it is the goal to deal with the subject matter of “print” in any form other than it has been dealt with for the past 15 years.

  1. The (alleged) end of the Gutenberg galaxy marks the new beginning of “limitless print communication” — for hundreds of years, printed materials were the measure of all things, firmly in the hand of professional printers and publishers. Beginning in the 1980s, desktop publishing and the motto “Everyone his own Gutenberg” cracked their monopoly. Since, totally new players have taken the lead. Key points: a) Apple and Google developed the first e-print functions as new standards, so millions of new smartphone and tablet users can print their digital contents as needed. b) Specialists among others for Facebook and Wikipedia, who come from the development sector for intelligent search engines and algorithms, have created solutions to configure social media data by mouse click and print them automatically (first and foremost pediapress.com from Mainz). In addition, smart online photo print solutions are used by millions of any age groups!
  2. Reality contra misbelief: The thesis “Internet kills print” is false — this is what publishers and print professionals believe and they convey this message to their customers by having debated about the “print crisis”, of which Google supposed to be the culprit, for years.  The following are arguments against this belief: 1. Print publishers caused their crisis themselves and they did not even use innovations in print, and 2. “digital natives” are positive toward print if the contents and the communication offers are relevant, personal, and useful. (See the following reports: http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/09/09/valuecheck-the-internet-is-not-the-death-of-print/ und http://valuetrendradar.com/2014/10/03/valuecheck-newspaper-publishers-theyre-left-crying-in-the-corner/)
  3. Communication deficits paralyze the printing industry — the attitude “our products speak for themselves” has an effect as numb feet. Printing companies are ossified in their routines. Even the most innovative products and solutions, which many can offer, are marketed in accordance with the “Old School” principle: using sample maps and machine demonstrations for children and other interesting parties. There is nearly no printing firm that knows how to use professional online and social media communication such as targeting marketing campaigns as shown in an exemplary fashion in England moo.com or snapajack.com . (See YouTube video “How to innovative print business”). — In this context, not only the art of self-portrayal is what counts but also networking such as the example of Print Three from Canada shows. 
  4. Innovation often takes place in print shops while the interfaces to the customers are mostly rather “retro”! — For more than 10 years, print shops have been under a significant cost pressure; however, they are primarily concerned with themselves to optimize their internal processes in order to produce efficiently. Only few of them focus on communicating the effectiveness of their print products, which they (can) produce for customers, offensively and attractively. Social media monitoring shows how much customers, who order printed matters online, have to criticize (they are unhappy about usability, multiple debits, a lack of color reliability, etc. see “printing research results: The Beauty and The Beast”).
  5. There is nearly no other sector that presents itself in the public eye so awkwardly and badly as the printing sector. This must change drastically! — For hundreds of years, print shops have not needed lobby efforts and industry communication. There were monopolists and there was no way around them. Moreover, they could sail on the lee side of machine suppliers. Just like IBM and computing, particularly the label “Technology by Heidelberg” guaranteed high customer confidence. This changed drastically no later than drupa 2012, which brought the breakthrough in digital printing. Many new players are no relevant. Nearly of them come from the imaging and IT sector. However, these companies are so large and different that individual print shops can hardly create any image transfer. This is not really terrible because with today’s media print shops can position themselves easily and effectively. Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus/YouTube and LinkedIn are the best aids, which provide the use of their infrastructure for free. It just requires a bit of training of how to handle it! — By the way, it is a bit embarrassing as well as inspiring that the world’s largest print buyer, IKEA, campaigns for print by imitating the Apple communication expertly. So far, more than 17 million people watched this video! Benchmark!

Conclusion — our take: “Something old needs something new!”

The printing sector should refocus on its old strength and the Gutenberg value system to be able to handle innovation in communication. This is the only way to survive structural change or structural break.  The medium print does not have any problem today and in the future. Moreover, it is not in any crisis caused by others. This is a homemade crisis. It is the outgrowth of business goals, user promises and communication that is no longer appropriate for customers and no longer up-to-date. No one has to do without the expertise, the passion, the flexibility of competent printing experts. Print buyers highly appreciate good counseling and contemporary, proactive market communication specifically on the topic of how printed materials can be designed particularly effective, appealing and interactive. However, this type of service is in short supply. This can easily be changed. Right? — Please check as well pour Value Guidelines for innovation marketing communications via Social Media.

NOTE: Please join #xug15eu conference. And experience the real value of print via innovative #multichannel solutions.

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© 2015 by Value Communication AG, Mainz. | Im Bild: Die Value Communication Fellows Şükran Ceren Salalı und Sudarsha Rambaran, die aufrüttelnde Analyse-Ergebnisse gefunden haben und per Videorapport vorstellen.

Andreas Weber, Innovationsexperte und Print-Analyst aus der Gutenberg-Stadt Mainz, zieht ein Jahr vor der drupa 2016 Bilanz.
Lesezeit: 5 Minuten. Halbwertzeit: (fast) unbegrenzt!

Kernpunkte:

  • Das Medium Print hat heute und in Zukunft kein Problem und steckt auch nicht in einer von anderen verschuldeten Krise. 
  • Kaum eine Branche stellt sich so ungeschickt und schlecht in der Öffentlichkeit dar, wie die Printbranche.
  • Gute Beratung und eine zeitgemäße, pro-aktive Marktkommunikation, vor allem zum Thema, wie man Drucksachen besonders effektvoll, wirkungsstark und interaktiv gestalten kann, wird bei Print Buyern hoch geschätzt, ist aber Mangelware.

Der gute alte Johannes Gutenberg rotiert seit Jahren in seinem Grab. Während ihn im Jahr 2000 die Wirtschaftseliten der USA zum „Man of the Millennium“ kürten und das Silicon Valley ihn als Innovator der Neuzeit verehrt (Digital-Papst Jeff Jarvis widmete ihm das Buch „Gutenberg the Geek“) hat die Drucker-Zunft ihn verleugnet und quasi eingemottet. 

Drucken ist nahezu zum Unwort geworden. Obgleich hunderttausende Firmen in aller Welt nach wie vor mit dem Herstellen von Drucksachen ihr Geld verdienen. Viele im Commercial Printing-Geschäft suchen nach neuen Bezeichnungen dessen, was sie tun und anbieten: Ob Media Production respektive Marketing Service Provider oder Cross-Media-Dienstleister — es wird zusehends vermieden, mit dem Begriff „Print“ in Verbindung zu kommen. 

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Quellen: drupa Insight Report; Canon Insight Report; SAPPI & YOU.

Muss das sein? Nein! — Zeit also, sich mit dem Thema „Print“ in anderer Form auseinander zusetzen, als das die letzten 15 Jahre geschieht.

  1. Das (vermeintliche) Ende der Gutenberg-Galaxis markiert den Neubeginn von „grenzenloser Print-Kommunikation“ — Über Jahrhunderte waren Drucksachen das Maß aller Dinge, in festen Händen der Profi-Drucker und Verleger. Mit Desktop Publishing und dem Motto „Jeder sein eigener Gutenberg“ wurde deren Monopol ab den 1980er Jahren gebrochen. Seitdem haben ganz neue Player das Zepter in die Hand genommen. Gipfelpunkte: a) Apple und Google entwickelten die ersten E-Print-Funktionen als neue Standards, damit Millionen neuer Smart Phone- und Tablet-Nutzer ihre digitalen Inhalte bei Bedarf drucken können. b) Spezialisten u. a. für Facebook und Wikipedia, die aus der Entwicklung von intelligenten Suchmaschinen und Algorithmen kommen, haben Lösungen geschaffen, um Social Media-Daten per Mausklick konfigurieren und automatisiert drucken zu können (allen voran pediapress.com aus Mainz). Zudem werden smarte Online-Fotodruck-Lösungen millionenfach genutzt, von allen Altersgruppen!
  2. Realität contra Irrglaube: Die These „Das Internet bringt den Tod von Print“ stimmt nicht — Das Denken nur Verleger und Druckerei-Profis, die das auch noch ihren Kunden gegenüber äußern, in dem seit Jahren über die „Print-Krise“ debattiert wird, die vor allem Google ausgelöst habe. Dagegen spricht: 1. Print-Verlage haben ihre Krise selbstverschuldet und Innovationen im Print gar nicht genutzt; und 2. „Digital Natives“ stehen Print positiv gegenüber, wenn die Inhalte und Kommunikationsangebote relevant, persönlich und nutzbringend sind. (Siehe die Reports: “The Internet is not the Death of Print” und “Newspaper Publishers: They’re left crying in the corner”).
  3. Kommunikationsdefizite lähmen die Printbranche — Die Attitüde „Unsere Produkte sprechen doch für sich“ wirkt wie eingeschlafene Füsse. Druckereien sind in Routinen erstarrt. Selbst die innovativsten Produkte und Lösungen, die viele aufbieten können, werden nach dem „Old School“-Prinzip vermarktet: Per Mustermappen und Maschinendemos für Kunden und Interessenten. Kaum eine Druckerei versteht, professionell Online- und Social Media-Kommunikation einzusetzen, etwa mit Targeting-Marketing-Kampagnen, wie das in England moo.com oder snapajack.com vorbildlich machen. (Siehe YouTube-Video „How to innovative print business“) — Dabei zählt nicht nur die Kunst der Selbstdarstellung sondern auch die des Netzwerkens, wie das Beispiel von Print Three aus Kanada zeigt.
  4. Innovationen finden oft nur Druckerei-intern statt, die Schnittstellen zum Kunden sind derweil zumeist ziemlich „retro“! — Da die Druckereien seit über 10 Jahren unter erheblichem Kostendruck stehen, sind sie vorwiegend mit sich selbst beschäftigt, um ihre internen Abläufe zu perfektionieren, um effizient produzieren zu können. Zuwenige fokussieren sich darauf, die Effektivität der Printprodukte, die sie für Kunden herstellen (können) offensiv und attraktiv zu kommunizieren. Per Social Media-Monitorings zeigt sich, wie groß die Kritik von Online-Drucksachenbestellern ist (bezüglich Usability, Mehrfach-Abbuchungen, fehlender Farbverbindlichkeit etc., siehe „Printing Research Results: The Beauty and The Beast“).
  5. Kaum eine Branche stellt sich so ungeschickt und schlecht in der Öffentlichkeit dar, wie die Printbranche. Das muss sich radikal ändern! — Über Jahrhunderte brauchten Druckereien keine Lobbyarbeit und auch keine Branchenkommunikation. Als Monopolisten führte kein Weg an ihnen vorbei. Zudem konnte man im Windschatten der Maschinenlieferanten segeln. Vor allem das Label „Technology by Heidelberg“ garantierte wie seinerzeit IBM beim Computing, dass Kunden hohes Zutrauen hatten. Mit dem Durchbruch des Digitaldrucks spätestens seit der drupa 2012 hat sich das radikal verändert. Viele neue Player sind relevant, fast allesamt aus dem Imaging- und IT-Sektor. Diese Firmen sind aber so riesig und andersartig, dass die einzelne Druckerei kaum einen Imagetransfer herstellen kann. Was auch nicht schlimm ist, da man sich selbst heutzutage sehr einfach und wirkungsvoll medial in Szene setzen kann. Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus/YouTube und LinkedIn sind die besten Helfer, die in ihrer Infrastruktur zudem kostenfrei nutzbar sind. Man muss nur lernen, wie es geht! — Übrigens ist es sowohl beschämend als auch inspirierend, dass einer der größten Print-Buyer der Welt, IKEA, sich per YouTube-Video für Print stark macht, indem es die Apple-Kommunikation gekonnt imitiert. Bis dato haben mehr als 17 Millionen Menschen das Video angeschaut! Benchmark!

Fazit — Our Take: „Etwas Altes wird etwas Neues!“

Die Printbranche sollte sich wieder auf ihre alten Stärken und das Gutenberg’sche Wertesystem berufen, um Innovationen in der Kommunikation leisten zu können. Nur so kann der Strukturwandel resp. Strukturbruch überstanden werden. Das Medium Print hat heute und in Zukunft kein Problem und steckt auch nicht in einer von anderen verschuldeten Krise. Die Krise ist hausgemacht und ergibt sich nur, wenn die Geschäftsziele, das Nutzerversprechen und die Kommunikation nicht mehr kundengerecht und zeitgemäß sind. Auf die Erfahrung, auf das Fachwissen, auf die Leidenschaft, auf die Flexibilität von kompetenten Print-Fachleuten muss nicht verzichtet werden. Gute Beratung und eine zeitgemäße, pro-aktive Marktkommunikation, vor allem zum Thema, wie man Drucksachen besonders effektvoll, wirkungsstark und interaktiv gestalten kann, wird bei Print Buyern hoch geschätzt, ist aber Mangelware. Das lässt sich einfach ändern. Oder? Die ersten wichtige Schritte zeigt unser Leitfaden für erfolgreiche Kommunikations-Aktivitäten pro Print und via Social Media! 

TIPP: Perspektiven für Print zeigt übrigens die #XUG15EU Konferenz auf, die erstmals am 26. Mai 2015 in Berlin stattfindet.

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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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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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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.

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Ein herzliches Willkommen beim ValueNonsenseCheck!

Die zentrale Herausforderung im 21. Jahrhundert: Den Sinn im Unsinn erkennen. 

Nichts in der Welt passiert ohne Grund und ohne Konsequenz. In loser Folge stellen wir alles vor, was den sinnentstellenden Unsinn als Vorboten der Dummheit beflügelt. Wir stellen jedem frei,  das sich daraus ableitende, disruptive Innovationspotenzial für sich zu erkennen und nutzbar machen. 

 

WARNUNG: Nicht alles ist ernst gemeint und sollte für bare Münze genommen werden; es könnte aber in jedem Fall zutreffend sein!

 

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Motto im Monat Juli 2014

„Keine (dumme) Kuh ist so unheilig als dass man sie nicht schlachten könnte.“ Andreas Weber

 

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Beyond #NSA — Topsecret!
Snowden veröffentlicht auf einem Bierdeckel einer sibirischen Kneipe die Liste der Top10 unter den Google-Nutzern in Deutschland. An Nummer 1 steht nahezu uneinholbar: Dr. Mathias Döpfner, Vorstandsvorwitzender (sic!) der Axel Springer AG, Hamburg.

 

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Value Open Innovation Award 2014

#Ephraim #Kishon erhält als erster (leider bereits) verstorbener Mensch den internationalen Value Open Innovation Award, der mit 10 Millionen Lachern dotiert ist.

Prämiert wurde #Kishon für seine herausragende Innovations-Kurzgeschichte über einen genialen Tüftler, der eine Maschine erfand, die Kartoffeln säht, bewässert, aufzieht, erntet, schält, kocht und dann sogleich verspeisen kann.

 

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Innovation per Dialog:

 

Auf Facebook am 5. Juli 2014

Markus Reimer„Wenn die NSA, deren Kernkompetenz die Spionage ist, den NSA-Ausschuss, der die Spionagetätigkeit der NSA untersucht, ausspioniert, dann ist das doch viel weniger skandalös, als viel mehr richtig logisch und endgültig konsequent …“

 

Flocky Auxburg:  “Mit a bisserl Hilfe vom ollen Da Vinci könnt ein Perpetuum Mobile draus werden”

 

Andreas Weber„Stimmt. Logisch ist auch, lieber Markus Reimer, dass ein #NSA Bundestagsausschuss Geheimdiensten anbietet und erleichtert, die Ausschuss-Arbeit auszuspionieren. –Begründung resp. Innovationsansatz:

1. Mehr offene Demokratie und völlige Transparenz wagen.
2. Ausschuss produziert – äh – bleibt Ausschuss. Was soll also schon passieren?
3. Höhere Effizienz: Es können erheblich Kosten und Aufwand bei den Geheimdiensten gespart werden.

PS: Wenn die sich “#NSA Ausschuss” nennen, muss sich NSA doch eingeladen fühlen. Sonst müsste es ja #NSA AusschLuss heißen

#SocialInvestigation. Haha.“

Markus ReimerDas PS ist ja oberlogisch!!! Super, lieber Andreas Weber!

Andreas WeberWir sollten, lieber Markus Reimer, daraus ein gemeinsames InnovationKabarett-Programm (IK) ableiten. Motto: IK statt IQ… Oder? Ich arbeite dazu nachher gleich etwas aus. Wird wunderbar!

 

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[DIESER BEITRAG WIRD UNAUFHALTSAM VORGESETZT!|

 

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