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Every week Lochhead on Marketing ™ examines the mindset & strategies required to win.



This podcast is for executives and entrepreneurs who value counterintuitive marketing approaches coupled with category design and category creation strategies.



Host Christopher Lochhead is a former three-time Silicon Valley public company CMO, host of “100 Outstanding” podcast “Follow Your Different”, Amazon #1 bestselling author of “Niche Down” and “Play Bigger”. The Marketing Journal calls him “one of the best minds in marketing”, NBA Legend Bill Walton calls him a “quasar” and The Economist calls him “off-putting to some”.

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Every week Lochhead on Marketing ™ examines the mindset & strategies required to win.



This podcast is for executives and entrepreneurs who value counterintuitive marketing approaches coupled with category design and category creation strategies.



Host Christopher Lochhead is a former three-time Silicon Valley public company CMO, host of “100 Outstanding” podcast “Follow Your Different”, Amazon #1 bestselling author of “Niche Down” and “Play Bigger”. The Marketing Journal calls him “one of the best minds in marketing”, NBA Legend Bill Walton calls him a “quasar” and The Economist calls him “off-putting to some”.

    Apple’s Strategic Mastery: Unpacking the Category of Personal Intelligence | Pirates Perspective

    Apple’s Strategic Mastery: Unpacking the Category of Personal Intelligence | Pirates Perspective

    On this episode of Lochhead on Marketing, Christopher Lochhead and Eddie Yoon dissects Apple's latest announcements from the 2024 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on an all-new Pirates Perspective.



    The conversation centers around Apple's introduction of Apple Intelligence, a cutting-edge AI-driven personal intelligence system, and their strategic partnership with OpenAI. They break down the key insights from their discussion, offering actionable advice and thorough explanations for marketers and tech enthusiasts alike.



    Welcome to Lochhead on Marketing. The number one charting marketing podcast for marketers, category designers, and entrepreneurs with a different mind.

    Apple Intelligence: A New Category in AI

    Apple's announcement of Apple Intelligence marks a significant milestone in the tech industry. This AI-driven personal intelligence system is designed to enhance user experiences by integrating smarter, more intuitive tools into daily lives. Christopher Lochhead praises this move, emphasizing Apple's role as a primary category designer, particularly in the realm of personal computers.

    Actionable Insights:



    * Embrace Category Design: Companies should focus on creating new categories rather than just competing within existing ones. This approach can lead to market leadership and long-term success.

    * Integrate AI Thoughtfully: Embedding AI in products should be done in an evolutionary manner, ensuring that it enhances user experiences without overwhelming them.



    Strategic Partnership with OpenAI

    Apple's decision to partner with OpenAI rather than compete with them is a strategic move that highlights the importance of collaboration in the tech industry. Christopher Lochhead commends this approach, noting that it allows Apple to focus on serving their customers through thoughtful and aggressive innovation.

    Actionable Insights:



    * Leverage Partnerships: Collaborating with other industry leaders can lead to innovative solutions and a better customer experience.

    * Focus on Customer Needs: Innovation should always be driven by the goal of serving customers better, rather than just outpacing competitors.



    Privacy, Data Usage Concerns, and Regulations in AI

    Eddie Yoon expresses both excitement and concern about the potential benefits and privacy implications of Apple's personal intelligence system. He highlights the need for careful consideration of data usage and consumer privacy.



    The conversation also delves into the need for oversight and regulations in the AI space. Christopher emphasizes the importance of strong controls while acknowledging Apple's historical business practices and the need for critical examination.



    To hear more Pirates Perspective, download and listen to this episode. You can also check out more Pirates Perspective at Category Pirates.

    Don’t forget to grab a copy (or gift!) of one of our best-selling books:



    *  Snow Leopard: How Legendary Writers Create A Category Of One

    *  The Category Design Toolkit: Beyond Marketing: 15 Frameworks For Creating & Dominating Your Niche

    *  A Marketer’s Guide To Category Design: How To Escape The “Better” Trap, Dam The Demand, And Launch A Lightning Strike Strategy

    * a href="https://www.amazon.

    • 27 min
    A Tribute to Bill Walton

    A Tribute to Bill Walton

    On this episode of Lochhead on Marketing, I would like to share with you a very special tribute to a man who's not only a legend in the world of basketball but also a cherished friend of mine—Bill Walton.



    Join me as we take a walk down memory lane, revisiting the first time Bill graced my podcast with his presence and the indelible mark he's left on my life.

    A Meeting of Minds in San Diego

    It was August 24th, 2017—a day etched in my memory, thanks to the friends who captured the moment and shared a photo of our first encounter. Meeting Bill Walton was like stepping into a storybook where the characters leap off the page. Here was one of the greatest NBA players of all time, a man whose stature was matched only by his extraordinary personality, ready to become a part of my world.



    Our initial meeting took place at an executive event in sunny San Diego, where we were both slated to speak. I remember watching Bill, completely unscripted, captivating the audience with his life's slideshow in the background. His ability to weave tales and engage listeners with nothing but his memories and a carousel of personal photos was nothing short of mesmerizing.







    The Teacher in My Life

    Bill's journey is one of resilience. From battling a stutter to enduring chronic injuries, his path was never easy. Yet, he emerged stronger, channeling his love for music and life into everything he did. His passion was infectious, and his dedication to being unapologetically unique was something that deeply resonated with me.



    Bill played a crucial role in my transition to becoming a teacher. His influence was a guiding light, helping me navigate through new territories with confidence. His life lessons extended beyond the court, and I was fortunate to be one of the many who benefited from his wisdom.





    Radical Generosity and Unwavering Support

    One of the most touching aspects of my friendship with Bill was experiencing his radical generosity firsthand. I'll never forget the care package of memorabilia he sent my way—a testament to his thoughtful nature and the value he placed on our bond.



    In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, it was Bill's kindness that shone through the darkness. His heartfelt messages provided comfort and support when I needed it most, further solidifying the profound impact of our friendship.



    As I reflect on the time spent with Bill Walton, I'm filled with immense gratitude. His legacy extends far beyond his basketball accolades; it's etched in the hearts of those he's touched with his generosity, spirit, and unwavering friendship.



    I hope that this episode gives you a glimpse into the remarkable man that is Bill Walton and the special place he holds in my life. His story is one of triumph, tenacity, and the power of genuine connections. Thank you for joining me in this celebration of friendship and legacy.





    Bio

    Bill Walton, an NBA legend, is renowned for his exceptional skills, dynamic personality, and influential career. Born on November 5, 1952, Walton's basketball journey began at UCLA, where he led the Bruins to two national championships.



    In the NBA, he played for the Portland Trailblazers, San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, and Boston Celtics, earning two NBA championships and an MVP award in 1978. In 1997, Bill Walton was selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players of all Time.



    Post-retirement, he became a beloved broadcaster, known for his colorful commentary. Walton's legacy continues to inspire basketball enthusiasts worldwide.

    Links

    BillWalton.com | NBA Profile | a href="https://www.espn.com/classic/biography/s/Walton_Bill.

    • 1 hr 53 min
    2024 Is 1939 (Again) In America

    2024 Is 1939 (Again) In America

    On this episode of Lochhead on Marketing, the conversation takes a deep dive into the complex and sensitive situation in Gaza, Palestine, Israel, and the broader Middle East, and how our perception here in America is being warped by misinformation from different sides.



    Welcome to Lochhead on Marketing. The number one charting marketing podcast for marketers, category designers, and entrepreneurs with a different mind.

    A Feeling of Déjà Vu for America

    On the evening of Feb. 20, 1939, the marquee of Madison Square Garden was lit up for the big event: "Pro American Rally." But it was the farthest thing from being American as can be. Uniformed members of pro-Hitler group The German American Bund carried American and nazi flags.



    That being said, In the last week of December 1942, fifty leading German-Americans (including baseball legend Babe Ruth) signed a declaration condemning nazis which appeared in ten major American daily newspapers. Ultimately, American patriots stopped the American nazis.



    Looking at the events this week at Columbia, MIT, NYU, and other elite US schools, they mirror much of the hate, horror and scale of The German American Bund. While some were there to genuinely support the civilians trapped in the ongoing conflict, there were others that openly supported Hamas’ extremist actions. It was very ironic to see banners about women and LGBT+ groups support, when they are the most oppressed in the world that these people envision.



    What’s even worse is that there were reasons to suspect that these protests were sponsored by people who don’t want to get their own hands dirty.

    (Mis)Information is Rampant

    One of the downsides of our technological boom is the ease of access to information. Unfortunately, ease of access does not always mean a smart populace.



    As information is shared from peer to peer, information gets distorted, if not outright manipulated to suit their agendas, that sometimes the victim comes out on the other end as the one being ganged on, instead of the oppressor.



    This particularly true with social media sites, who has become the de-facto source of information for the younger generation. There was even a brief period where young people were lauding a speech that Bin Laden made to justify 9/11. Never mind the atrocities he and his jihadist group committed in the US and international stage, he made a great speech! Totally justified.

    Call to Arms

    Nazis have attacked America from within before. American patriots stopped them. The only question now is, will you and I empower radical jihadists nazis?



    Or will we stop them, like our ancestors did 78 years ago?



    To hear more of Christopher Lochhead’s points on the matter, download and listen to this episode.

    Bio

    Christopher Lochhead

    Links

    WSJ Article on the Anti-Israel Protesters



    The World’s Record Holder for Executing Women Has Executed Three Women in Three Days



    This Is Ahmad. He Was Queer In Palestine.



    We hope you enjoyed this episode of Lochhead on Marketing! Christopher loves hearing from his listeners. Feel free to email him, connect on Facebook,

    • 31 min
    Category Creation: How To Dam The Demand

    Category Creation: How To Dam The Demand

    On this episode of Lochhead of Marketing, we review a powerful strategy that has the potential to revolutionize how you approach marketing and demand creation for your product or service. We call this strategy "damming the demand," and it's all about redirecting existing consumer desire to carve out a new category that you can dominate.



    If you’re not convinced, check out how these giants in the industry have utilized this strategy to their advantage by creating demand in an already existing market.



    Welcome to Lochhead on Marketing. The number one charting marketing podcast for marketers, category designers, and entrepreneurs with a different mind.

    Dam the Demand

    Traditional marketing often focuses on capturing the demand that already exists. It's about finding a place in the market and filling the needs of consumers who are already looking for solutions. But what if you could do more than just meet existing demand? What if you could create a whole new category of demand?



    That's where the concept of "damming the demand" comes in. It's a strategy that sits between traditional marketing and category design. Instead of just capturing demand or creating it from scratch, you harness the existing demand and redirect it, creating a new space for your product or service.

    Lessons from Tech Titans

    Let's look at some legendary examples to understand this better. Marc Benioff, the founder of Salesforce.com, didn't just create a cloud CRM; he dammed the demand for traditional on-premise CRM solutions. By evangelizing the benefits of cloud-based CRM, he forced a debate in the market, making businesses choose between the old on-premise solutions and the new, more flexible cloud options. This didn't just shift the demand—it expanded it, as more and more businesses began to see the value in cloud-based applications beyond CRM.



    In the B2C world, Peloton took a similar approach. They saw the demand for spin classes and dammed it by offering an alternative: high-quality home fitness. By doing so, they didn't just capture the existing market for spin classes; they expanded it to include people who wanted the convenience of working out at home. This created a new category of home fitness solutions that has grown exponentially.



    This isn't a new phenomenon. History is rich with examples of demand damming. Consider Henry Ford, who redirected the demand from horse and buggies to the "horseless carriage," or Marty Cooper, who shifted the demand from landline phones to the "wireless phone" category. These visionaries didn't just create products; they created movements that changed the landscape of their respective industries.

    The Strategy in Action

    So, how can you apply this strategy to your business?



    First, identify the existing demand that you can dam. Look for areas where consumers are already spending their money but might be open to a new, better solution. Once you've dammed the demand, use it to drive revenue in the near term. Then, leverage this demand to expand and create a new category that you can lead.



    Damming the demand is a potent strategy for any company looking to not just compete but dominate a new market category. By redirecting existing demand, you can create a new demand for your category, driving growth and market expansion. It's a bold move, but as we've seen from the likes of Salesforce and Peloton, it's a move that can redefine your industry and cement your place in history.

    Bio

    Christopher Lochhead



    Don’t forget to grab a copy (or gift!

    • 11 min
    Thinking About Thinking Is The Most Important Kind Of Thinking

    Thinking About Thinking Is The Most Important Kind Of Thinking

    On this episode of Lochhead on Marketing, let’s talk about why thinking about thinking is the most important kind of thinking.



    This isn't just another buzz phrase; it's a fundamental practice that can revolutionize the way we approach entrepreneurship, marketing, and business strategy. So we thought that it would be a good idea to refresh new listeners minds and remind the old heads why Context is always King.



    Welcome to Lochhead on Marketing. The number one charting marketing podcast for marketers, category designers, and entrepreneurs with a different mind.

    The Power of Context in Decision-Making

    In the realm of business, context is everything. It shapes our discussions, influences our decisions, and ultimately determines the trajectory of our companies. It's not just about the data or the trends; it's about grasping the bigger picture and recognizing the underlying currents that drive market dynamics.



    Most people, particularly those who are entrepreneurial, have a strong bias to action, diving right in and creating content without the context to support it. However, it does have it downsides sometimes.



    “A strong bias to action means that sometimes, and I know I’ve been guilty of this more times than I will ever know, we spring to action without doing enough thinking. More importantly, without doing enough thinking and dialoguing around what the context is for whatever it is we’re talking about.”

    – Christopher Lochhead



    Rejecting the Premise: A Pathway to Innovation

    One of the most exhilarating concepts we discussed was the power of rejecting the premise.



    So often, we're boxed in by traditional ways of thinking, by phrases and concepts that are accepted as industry standards. But what happens when we challenge those premises? When we refuse to accept the status quo? That's when innovation truly happens.



    By rejecting the premise, we open ourselves up to new possibilities, to the potential for creating entirely new categories and leading the market in directions it has never seen before.

    Challenging Existing Contexts: The Forward-Thinking Mindset

    A key takeaway from this discussion was the importance of challenging existing contexts. It's easy to fall into the trap of backward thinking, of looking to past successes as a template for future endeavors.



    However, the true forward-thinking entrepreneur knows that what worked yesterday might not work tomorrow. By constantly questioning and reevaluating the context in which we operate, we stay ahead of the curve and maintain a competitive edge.



    To hear more about how thinking about thinking is the most important kind of thinking, download and listen to this episode.

    Bio

    Christopher Lochhead



    Don’t forget to grab a copy (or gift!) of one of our best-selling books:



    *  Snow Leopard: How Legendary Writers Create A Category Of One

    *  The Category Design Toolkit: Beyond Marketing: 15 Frameworks For Creating & Dominating Your Niche

    *  A Marketer’s Guide To Category Design: How To Escape The “Better” Trap, Dam The Demand, And Launch A Lightning Strike Strategy

    * The...

    • 17 min
    What Apple's $110 Billion Stock Buy-Back Means For The Category Queen | Pirates Perspective

    What Apple's $110 Billion Stock Buy-Back Means For The Category Queen | Pirates Perspective

    Today on Lochhead on Marketing, we want to share some insights from a riveting discussion we had with Eddie Yoon, our category pirate brother, about a monumental move by Apple.



    We're talking about a colossal $110 billion stock buyback and what it means for the tech giant's innovation trajectory, particularly in the realm of artificial intelligence (AI).



    Welcome to Lochhead on Marketing. The number one charting marketing podcast for marketers, category designers, and entrepreneurs with a different mind.

    Apple's Strategic Crossroads: Innovation or Shareholder Pleasing?

    Apple's decision to buy back stock is a strategic move that has raised eyebrows across the industry.



    I've always been fascinated by the bold moves that define market leaders, but this move by Apple has us questioning: Is this a sign of maturity and stability, or a red flag signaling a lack of innovative vision?



    Warren Buffett, a name synonymous with investment acumen, was famously tech-averse until Apple caught his eye. The staggering 95% retention rate of iPhone users and the undeniable addiction to Apple's ecosystem reminded him of his investment thesis on Coca-Cola. But as Eddie and I discussed, there's a nuance to Apple's success under Tim Cook's leadership. Despite the financial growth and profitability, the company has struggled to launch new categories—a hallmark of Apple's DNA.



    The Apple Watch: A Beacon of Innovation in the Cook Era

    It's not all a tale of caution, though. The Apple Watch stands out as a testament to Apple's ability to innovate and create new categories even post-Steve Jobs. It's a reminder that Apple still has the chops to redefine markets. But the question lingers: Is this enough to sustain Apple's legendary status?



    The crux of the discussion centered on the massive potential of AI, as we're just at the dawn of what could be the most significant platform shift since the internet. With Apple's deep pockets, one would expect a torrent of investments in AI, propelling the company to the forefront of this new frontier. Instead, the $110 billion stock buyback seems to suggest a different priority—short-term stock price over long-term category creation.

    Microsoft's Contrasting Strategy: A Global AI Chess Game

    Contrast Apple's strategy with Microsoft's aggressive global AI investments, and you get a stark picture of two tech titans taking divergent paths.



    Microsoft is placing strategic bets on AI across the globe, from the UAE to Malaysia and beyond, positioning itself as a leader in the next wave of technological revolution.



    To hear more Pirate talk by Christopher Lochhead and Eddie Yoon, download and listen to this episode.



    If you want to join in the discussion, subscribe to Category Pirates and find more Pirates Perspective buried around the beach.



    Don’t forget to grab a copy (or gift!) of one of our best-selling books:



    *  Snow Leopard: How Legendary Writers Create A Category Of One

    *  The Category Design Toolkit: Beyond Marketing: 15 Frameworks For Creating & Dominating Your Niche

    *  A Marketer’s Guide To Category Design: How To Escape The “Better” Trap, Dam The Demand, And Launch A Lightning Strike Strategy

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    • 18 min

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