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Customer-Driven Strategy

At age 52, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is worth $66.5 billion and recently surpassed Warren Buffet as the third richest person in the world. His fortunes have come largely from Amazon, which he founded in 1994. Today, Amazon has revenues of over $200 billion and is currently one of the largest retailers in the world despite having no physical stores. At the center of this growth is Bezos’ relentless focus on customer strategy.

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The Important Role of Nonprofits

BSG looks at the role of nonprofits. Independent Sector says that Michigan has roughly 50,000 nonprofits representing 440,000 employed people (10% of the workforce), $16 billion in annual wages, $133 billion in annual revenue, $179 in total assets held, and $108 billion in annual economic activity.

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Oxford Companies Growing by Leaps and Bounds

One of the largest commercial real estate transactions on record in Ann Arbor was completed in what many have called the “deal of the year.” In a $103M deal, Oxford Companies led a group of investors in the acquisition of a portfolio from McMullen Realty Co. For a comparison, the University of Michigan bought the Pfizer property for $108M.

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Oh, by the Way Sales

A very successful sales professional explained that while many of his competitors interact with prospects or customers every 2-3 months or so, he spends a great deal of time engaging customers and prospects in-person and over the phone. He often reaches out just to touch base and perhaps help an engineer on a design question that may or may not be directly related to my friend’s particular part. Very often at some point an idea comes up in conversation that turns into a sale.

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The University of Michigan and the MARS Rover

On August 5, 2012 at 10:32 p.m. Pacific Time the world watched NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory broadcast the landing of Mars rover “Curiosity.” Three years later, that amazing device continues to deliver breakthrough analysis, such as showing that water once flowed on Mars, and demonstrating that Mars could have been habitable at one time. The Curiosity rover has been a great success, and the University of Michigan has played an important role in this success.

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Business Association

This organization is known nationwide as a top speaking venue for prominent business and government leaders. Despite its prominence, memberships were in decline. A consultant worked with the new CEO to assess membership satisfaction and identify the long-term financial value of each membership type. Initiatives were launched and a subsequent measure demonstrated marked improvement for […]

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Economic Club

A 2,000+ member economic club sought to revitalize its declining membership. The board hired a new CEO, and in her first year she worked with a consultant to develop a membership satisfaction program with the goal of improving the club’s membership retention. The program gave the new CEO specific factors to focus on for improving […]

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