Profit Boosting Secrets from Inside the Disney Marketing Machine

The Walt Disney Company is well known for more than just Mickey Mouse.  It is revered in business circles for its masterful marketing expertise.  In particular, how it manages to generate support for individual projects across its vast landscape of diverse business segments.  Silo-busting is routine at Disney and is orchestrated with panache…and perhaps a little pixie dust. Disney’s former Director of Corporate Synergy, Lorraine Santoli, gives a first-person, behind-the-scenes account of how, under the leadership of Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, she and her colleagues ignited a synergy spark within the organization that ultimately generated a firestorm of marketing wins and soaring profits. … Continue reading Profit Boosting Secrets from Inside the Disney Marketing Machine

WORLD CLASS MARKETING SECRETS REVEALED

What companies do you think of when you hear the phrase “world class marketing?”  I may be biased, but I had a 22-year marketing career at the one that I consider #1 in that discipline – The Walt Disney Company.  It is an organization that is known for being perhaps the most marketing savvy in all of corporate America.  It is also known for many “firsts” upon which they have built their amazing reputation including: the world’s first synchronized sound cartoon, Steamboat Willie starring Mickey Mouse the world’s first theme park, Disneyland the world’s first full-length animated film, Snow White … Continue reading WORLD CLASS MARKETING SECRETS REVEALED

Can You Guess What the Most Underrated Leadership Skill Is?

Leadership has so much do to with skills that you will never learn in school.  And all the degrees in the world won’t necessarily make you a great manager.  According to Forbes, chief among the less valued qualities of a great leader are things like honesty, confidence, and commitment.  But the most underrated leadership skill of all is one that engages at all levels, and that is a sense of humor. Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet once said, “I buy expensive suits. They just look cheap on me.” Laughter isn’t just the best medicine, it’s also the secret ingredient to … Continue reading Can You Guess What the Most Underrated Leadership Skill Is?

“Inside the Disney Marketing Machine” by Lorraine Santoli – Book Foreword by Sam Tuchman, Ph.D.

Foreword I was Lorraine Santoli’s first boss and mentor. I am honored that she asked me to write the foreword to this book, not only because we met at the beginning of her career and have remained friends for so … Continue reading “Inside the Disney Marketing Machine” by Lorraine Santoli – Book Foreword by Sam Tuchman, Ph.D.