Lafayette Alvarez Lim is the President of the New City Commercial Center (NCCC), the biggest consumer retail chain in Davao with over 40 stores. He won the 2019 Agora Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship – Large-scale category, one of the few people from outside Metro Manila who won an Agora. In this interview, he shares how to compete with […]

What is the traditional logic of business associations on how they operate? They typically have the following: They have big name organizers They screen membership They have monthly membership meetings (now webinars) They have dress codes They have big connectors They have big donors The last few months during this pandemic have shown online Facebook groups and communities disrupting traditional […]

I always ask my clients this value proposition reflection question: “If my company is to be closed down today, what will I miss that I cannot get anywhere else?” I saw so many organizations offer short webinars as a solution. I personally also witnessed hundreds, maybe thousands, of free webinars being offered by different providers since the beginning of ECQ […]

In 2010, we celebrated two milestones! Chiqui Escareal-Go and I wrote a book called “The WE Entrepreneur” which became a National Book Store bestseller and we also co-founded Day 8 Business Academy as the social enterprise subsidiary of Mansmith and Fielders Inc. to benefit small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs). We coined “The WE Entrepreneur” to pertain to that whose approach to entrepreneurship is “whole” […]

A complex world during COVID-19 needs a simple series of steps: to survive, recover, grow, and thrive. Sometimes this survival is best accomplished through cooperation and collaboration with competition. Kudos to Jollibee and McDonald’s for their joint “Ingat, Angat Tayong Lahat” campaign. The two quick service restaurant (QSR) giants have similar value chains and COVID-19 has affected them the same […]

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A decade ago, I introduced the Business Model Innovation seminar, featuring the “11 Building Blocks of a Business Model.” The Mansmith Business Model Map has two more elements — value chain and reconfiguration — compared to popular business model canvas models. The value chain, as defined by Harvard’s Michael Porter, is a set of activities a firm operating in a […]

Maria Aileen “Fiesta” Parinas is the Qualitative Research Director of The Nielsen Company Philippines. Qualitative market research employs keen observation in the process as it aims to understand consumer profile, which includes opinion, behavior and motivation. In this interview, Fiesta shares her expertise about insighting Q1: What are the best qualifications to look for an insight master? A1: Self-awareness. Open-mindedness. […]

Two weeks before our CEO Market Masters Conference was to be held last March 2020, we had to reschedule the conference for the safety of the marketing community. It is now scheduled on Nov 16-20, 2020, 2-4pm featuring 17 CEOs with official endorsement and support from 21 major organizations. Good thing we rescheduled, a few days after, a lockdown was declared […]

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Dennis Anthony Uy is the founder and CEO of Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., the first and fastest growing end-to-end fiber internet provider in the Philippines. Mr. Uy’s talent and keen eye for innovation has led Converge to successfully provide quality-conscious consumers with high speed fixed broadband internet at value for money prices and continue to cater to the demands of a […]

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