Hate Synergy? Discover the Hidden Magic Behind the Word.

Synergy may be of the most detested buzzwords in American business.  But why such a bad rap?  As the former Director of Corporate Synergy for The Walt Disney Company, I suspect it’s because no one really understands how to put the concept into action and insure accountability for results. Under the leadership of Michael Eisner and Frank Wells, both open-minded executives that understood the value of synergy as an actionable reality, I created the tools that underpinned Disney’s amazing success cross-promoting its products from within, from films to television to theme parks.  Developed was a detailed relational and transactional process … Continue reading Hate Synergy? Discover the Hidden Magic Behind the Word.

Marketing Imagination Inside the Disney Marketing Machine

The article below is from the Winter 2016 issue of Italian America Magazine, the most widely read quarterly for people of Italian heritage in the United States.  It is the official publication of the Order of Sons of Italy in America and covers newsmakers in science, medicine, government, law, academia, and business. As an Italian American, I am honored to have been featured in this publication.   Continue reading Marketing Imagination Inside the Disney Marketing Machine

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

How Disney is Making Sure You’ll Never Be Able to Escape Star Wars

The following story, posted today on Wired Magazine’s website wired.com, was written by Julia Greenberg and focuses on Disney synergy.  As the author of the book “Inside the Disney Marketing Machine,” I was interviewed (along with others) for the story and one of my quotes was used.   With ABC, ESPN, and Lucasfilm, Disney’s reach goes far beyond its animated characters. Here’s a look at some of the company’s major divisions and products that shows how franchises like Star Wars are promoted across the Disney empire. When it comes to marketing, Disney has it almost too easy. Just consider the past few … Continue reading How Disney is Making Sure You’ll Never Be Able to Escape Star Wars

Do You Think That Synergy is Laughable?

“Synergy” is perhaps the most frowned up, derided, and misunderstood word in business today.  According to Webster, it is defined as the action of two or more entities to achieve an effect of which each individually is incapable. Integrated into a diversified business environment it can be a spark that ignites an extraordinary divisional cross-promotion, elevating projects to new heights and dizzying corporate profits.  In fact, the word “synergy” is so considered a foolish corporate buzzword that big business has chosen to disguise it with euphemisms that better capture the mindset of the 21st century such as “business intelligence,” “franchise … Continue reading Do You Think That Synergy is Laughable?

What Was It Like Inside The Disney Marketing Machine?

Have a listen to my interview about my new book, Inside the Disney Marketing Machine, on the Disney Parks Podcast (click on the image).  The interview highlights what is was like to work at such a creative company in marketing, publicity, and synergy.  Go behind closed doors for a first-hand insider’s view of the inner workings of the world’s #1 entertainment company. Continue reading What Was It Like 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?