Sergio Zyman

Speaker Sergio Zyman keynote on marketing and leadership

Sergio Zyman

Speaker Sergio Zyman keynote on marketing and leadership

Speaker: Sergio Zyman

World-Renowned Marketing and Leadership Expert; Former CMO, The Coca-Cola Company

Speech Topics Include:

  • A Down Economy: The Lazy Marketers Lame Excuse
  • Private Equity: It’s Not About “Managing the Business”
  • Why Marketers Need to Be More Like Politicians
  • So You’re On The Health & Wellness Bandwagon? Going Beyond Trends to Generate Growth
  • Green Marketing: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly About Going Green
  • SMEB Marketing: Marketing Is Not Only For The Big Boys
  • Accelerate Profitable Growth By Renovating Before You Innovate
  • Sell More By Understanding Your Customers’ Consumers
  • Why Hispanic Marketing is a Hoax
  • Embracing the New Future of Marketing to Drive Increased Profits

“Selling more stuff to more people more often for more money more efficiently” defines marketing success for speaker Sergio Zyman, the man who put the fizz back in Coca-Cola’s fortunes, founded a preeminent marketing strategy firm, and authored four books, including two international best-sellers. Oh, and he was named one of the Top Three marketing pitchmen of the 20th century by Time magazine. Not too bad for a guy who started out south of the border.

Sergio was born in Mexico City and began his career with management positions in Japan,

Brazil, Guatemala and New York before moving to Atlanta to begin his first of two tenures with The Coca-Cola Company. His first residence was highlighted by a series of launches of revolutionary products such as Diet Coke, Cherry Coke and New Coke (yes, a product not well received by consumers at the time, but one that many believe simply was an idea far ahead of its time—a theory well supported by the numerous cola flavors and formulas that are popular today). Sergio departed The Coca-Cola Company in 1988 and formed Core Strategy Group, a consulting firm with a client roster that included 7-11, Miller Brewing Company and several other large companies. He was influential in the positioning and development of the strategy that resulted in the election of former Mexican PresidentVicente Fox.

Roberto Goizueta, former Chairman of Coca-Cola and a true believer in Sergio’s forward thinking, persuaded him to return to Coke in 1993 to hold the first Chief Marketing Officer position ever created in any company. Sergio re-conceptualized the company’s marketing strategy and boosted worldwide annual sales from nine to 15 billion cases—the most explosive growth in the company’s history. Upon Mr. Goizueta’s death, Sergio departed The Coca-Cola Company and wrote a series of books, including the international bestseller The End of Marketing As We Know It.

In 1999, Sergio founded Zyman Group, an international marketing consulting firm. As the driving force behind Zyman Group, he was sought after by food and beverage companies, industrial manufacturers, popular retailers, and global communication powers around the world. This success led Inc. magazine to name Zyman Group one of the fastest growing consulting firms in the United States. In 2005, he sold majority ownership of Zyman Group to MDC Partners.

A Down Economy: The Lazy Marketers Lame Excuse

Customer confidence is in the tank; cost cutting is in vogue; geo-political uncertainties remain; non-traditional competitors are proliferating; unemployment is rising; housing and personal wealth are at generational lows; greater than $100 a barrel oil is here to stay….it’s no wonder consumers “are on the sidelines.”

Are consumers really on the sidelines or do they just need better reasons to buy you? Sergio will detail how economic times like these are golden opportunities for strategic marketers. He will outline proven models/approaches that require marketers to change their mindset from “inside out” (selling what you make) to “outside in” (make what you can sell); from aspirational goal-setting to aspirational planning; from capturing share to capturing potential; from being positioned by others to controlling the dialogue. And why it’s the restless and discontent that are the first to benefit.

Private Equity: It’s Not About “Managing the Business”

Changes in external factors are driving new challenges for the private equity industry, forcing it to move beyond transactional thinking and embrace transformational and value-creating investment opportunities. With deal flow on the decline and liquidity/credit challenges, there is a need to evolve the approach. Quite simply, PE firms must go beyond managing the business (operations, supply chain, efficiency) to running (driving acceptability, affordability and availability) and growing the business (creating demand and new sources of growth). Sergio will help audiences understand how, by focusing on the consumer and not only the financials, with transformational vs. transactional growth, PEs can improve the profitability of the portfolio of companies.

Why Marketers Need to Be More Like Politicians

What do candidates and brands have in common? What can a brand strategy mimic from a campaign strategy? What can marketing learn from a campaign that has an expiration date? Businesses keep reminding themselves: “It’s all about the customer” but politics never needs the reminder: “It’s all about the voter”. Sergio will show audiences differences and similarities between marketing a brand and marketing a candidate, but most importantly he will lay out the principles and guidelines to successfully apply the political model to your brand to create breakthrough strategies.

So You’re On The Health & Wellness Bandwagon? Going Beyond Trends to Generate Growth

From counting calories in the 70’s, to severely limiting fat intake in the 80’s, to shakes and bars replacing meals in the 90’s, to counting carbs instead of calories in 2000, to today’s focus on everything organic and functional…what is a reality and what is a myth? What are the major trends and the perceptions among consumers? “Better-for-you food and drinks” are impacting the market and the lifestyle of many consumers today. With many stories and battle scars, Sergio will show audiences how understanding these mega-trends is the easy part. He will also detail how to effectively activate these trends across brand touchpoints and to achieve a wellness marketer’s mandate: growth.

Green Marketing: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly About Going Green

9/11, the Tsunami in Thailand, Katrina, Globalization, and the Internet, among others, are events that increased pressure over environmental issues and have raised the awareness of “Going Green”…but has “Green” really gone mainstream? Are SUV sales really down? Are companies really investing to undergo Green transformation? Sergio will give you an interesting perspective on the myths and realities behind “Green Marketing” and the potential opportunity this endeavor will create for companies pursuing “Green”, thereby enabling them to play a protagonist role in the future.

SMEB Marketing: Marketing Is Not Only For The Big Boys

Too many things to do, few resources to do it…don’t fall into the trap and use scientific marketing to accelerate the value creation. Marketing is too important for Fortune 500 companies, and even more important for a smaller company’s growth. Having worked for a large corporation like The Coca-Cola Company for so long, the question is constantly asked of Mr. Zyman, “Coke, yes. But how does that apply to a small business?” The reality is that the principles that apply to small, medium, and large businesses are the same for all, commercially speaking. In this presentation, Mr. Zyman discusses the principles of marketing that have evolved over the past 30 years, and how they apply to businesses ranging in size from a one-person entrepreneurial company, to a three-store pizza chain, or a medium-sized business

Accelerate Profitable Growth By Renovating Before You Innovate

Many companies rely too heavily on innovation to solve their problems. When a brand gets old or tired, the impulse is to scrap it and start over with something fresh. But more often than not, innovation simply doesn’t work. Sergio knows this firsthand-he was the Chief Marketing Officer at The Coca-Cola Company during the ill-received launch of New Coke. So what’s the alternative? Sergio preaches the power of renovation-recapturing the essence of your existing brands, products, and core competencies and doing more of the things that made you great in the first place. Too many managers are so obsessed with innovation that they launch products no one will buy. Pre-moistened toilet paper or smokeless cigarettes, anyone? Sergio delivers the solutions managers need to revitalize their strategies to improve growth, and he challenges conventional business wisdom to help companies make smarter, profitable decisions.

Sell More By Understanding Your Customers’ Consumers

Learn how to increase your value proposition to your customers by helping them sell more product to their customers. Sergio demonstrates the importance of understanding what your customers and the end users need and how to properly position your product. By understanding this, you will differentiate yourself from other suppliers, therefore becoming the preferred supplier (and maybe charge that elusive price premium). Everyone wins when you demonstrate to your customer how to use your product to sell more to their end customer.

Why Hispanic Marketing is a Hoax

Everyone knows that Hispanics make up a large, growing, and increasingly wealthy demographic, but very few companies are getting it right when trying to market to them. It’s not about sombreros, mariachi bands and Chihuahuas-or what is commonly known as Hispanic marketing. It’s about Marketing to Hispanics-a deeper and more meaningful way to reach this market which entails understanding Hispanics’ needs, motivations and purchase drivers, and then creating strategies and solutions that meet these needs. The companies that get it will benefit significantly. The ones that don’t will miss a tremendous opportunity. Sergio, a Mexico City native, will show audiences how to better understand this important market and provide best practices for successfully creating breakthrough strategies. He will provide strategic and executional guidance to successfully penetrate the Hispanic market to build true brand loyalty for long-term profitable growth.

Embracing the New Future of Marketing to Drive Increased Profits

Marketing is serious business. It’s about increasing sales and profits, through rigorous deployment of strategies to grow your business. So it’s time to replace the “art” of marketing (you know-using instinct and gut feel to communicate to your customers) with a scientific, data-based approach to driving sales. Sergio will help audiences understand how, by transforming marketing efforts from the product of guesswork to outcome of a disciplined process, their businesses can “sell more stuff to more people more often for more money more effi ciently.” Sergio offers his unique observations about who gets it, who doesn’t and what it all means for your business.


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