Bruce Turkel

  • Expert Branding Strategist & Author
  • CEO, TURKEL Brands

As CEO of the successful brand management firm, TURKEL, Bruce Turkel has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years. Bruce has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks and Bacardi, to name just a few.

A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, and AdWeek and appears regularly on FOX Business. He's also been a featured expert on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR.

Bruce’s latest book, All About Them: Grow Your Business by Focusing on Others, is a must-read says the Huffington Post and was ranked #1 in Amazon's New Releases in Customer Service. In it, Bruce shares how to grow profits and strengthen your business by implementing powerful influencing techniques to relentlessly focus an organization’s brand on their customers, instead of themselves. 

 
  

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What a great opening keynote presentation! Our attendees were buzzing about it at the conference and well into the next week on Twitter and Facebook. We are in the midst of launching our association's new brand so the timing of your presentation was just perfect! It is very important to us that we give our members and industry partners valuable tools that they can take back to their perspective places of business. We feel very confident that your presentation accomplished that.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Bruce Turkel
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  • Fast Fix Jewelry
  • Connecticut Office of Tourism
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  • Corporate Housing Providers Association
  • Bacardi
  • Grey Goose Vodka
  • IFCO North America
  • Keyes Corporation
  • Wyoming Governor's Conference
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All About Them: The New Mantra of Customer Relations

In the old days (pre-Internet) the words “customer service” told you everything you needed to know about customer service. Your customer would show up and you would service them. End of discussion. But today customers have unlimited choices of where to shop and unlimited ways of communicating their ...

In the old days (pre-Internet) the words “customer service” told you everything you needed to know about customer service. Your customer would show up and you would service them. End of discussion. But today customers have unlimited choices of where to shop and unlimited ways of communicating their pleasure or displeasure with your business. And so today you must shift your customer service activities 180°.

Bruce Turkel’s newest talk, based on his “Amazon Bestseller in Customer Relations” uses anecdotes, illustrations, and fascinating stories of his years building brands for great companies such as Nike, Discovery Channel, Bacardi, Miami tourism, and more to show your audience exactly what they need to do to succeed in today’s never-before-seen environment.

Your attendees will find Bruce’s talk enjoyable, useful, and valuable. And they’ll thank you for sharing it with them.

7 Steps to Building Brand Value

Learn the seven simple steps to building, maintaining, and communicating a great brand. Bruce provides entertaining anecdotes and real world examples to illustrate the finer points of brand building. Add significant value to your products by making your products more valuable to your customers. In ...

Learn the seven simple steps to building, maintaining, and communicating a great brand. Bruce provides entertaining anecdotes and real world examples to illustrate the finer points of brand building. Add significant value to your products by making your products more valuable to your customers.

In this talk, audiences will learn:
• Why your brand is not about your company. And why understanding that matters more than anything else.
• The critical secret to move your brand from company-centric to consumer-centric.
• How to determine your authentic truth and why it’s more important than the function of your products or services.

Defining Your Brand Essence

BMW defines its brand essence with four words. Nike, GE and Wal-Mart use three. Barack Obama sold the most powerful product in the world with two: “Hope” and “Change.” In this multi-media speech, Bruce Turkel shows you how to reduce your brand message to its most practical, a ...

BMW defines its brand essence with four words. Nike, GE and Wal-Mart use three. Barack Obama sold the most powerful product in the world with two: “Hope” and “Change.” In this multi-media speech, Bruce Turkel shows you how to reduce your brand message to its most practical, actionable, and compelling essence.

While they’re laughing, your audiences will also be learning:
• The three universal branding myths that are holding your company back.
• The simple difference that sets all great brands apart, and
• How to develop this game-changing difference for your brand. 

You Don't Need Social Media: You Need a Strategy

You don’t need social media. You don't need a website. You don't need mobile. You need a strategy. Before you create noise, you’ve got to know what you’re creating noise about and why anyone should care. Bruce Turkel shows his audiences exactly how to build their brands online. H ...

You don’t need social media. You don't need a website. You don't need mobile. You need a strategy.

Before you create noise, you’ve got to know what you’re creating noise about and why anyone should care.

Bruce Turkel shows his audiences exactly how to build their brands online. He will show you how to take the best tools, tips, and techniques from the analog world and move them online where they will generate global interest and response.

• Why an unfocused online presence is like a tree falling in a forest.
• The danger of GMOOTs and how to avoid their traps.
• How to build a powerful brand that will make a difference online.
• How to tailor your message for each of the different social media.
• How to get the most bang for your buck and increase the echo effect. 

The Design of Sales

Instead of worrying about how well things work, consumers now buy things for how they look and feel, and more importantly, how the products make them look and feel. Today an in-depth understanding of the modern consumers’ purchase motivations is what the best salespeople are using to push the ...

Instead of worrying about how well things work, consumers now buy things for how they look and feel, and more importantly, how the products make them look and feel.

Today an in-depth understanding of the modern consumers’ purchase motivations is what the best salespeople are using to push their products and services.

The savvy salesperson understands that their job has changed the best of them into editors and curators – constantly reappraising the aesthetic and lifestyle advantages of the products they sell and demonstrating these benefits to their customers.

In this talk, audiences will learn:
• How to uncover the motivations of today’s consumer.
• The real difference between features and benefits and how to sell them.
• Why the traditional “Speeds & Feeds” sales strategy does not work anymore and what has taken its place.
• The critical difference between content and context, and how it can multiply your sales.
• The special sales secrets that are hidden in plain sight. 

Branding Lessons For Business Playing out in Election 2016

Every four years we’re lucky enough to watch the best real-time branding lesson available anywhere — the campaign for the President of the United States is a master’s level class in how to build a brand (and how not to!). Brand expert Bruce Turkel looks at the election and sees things that no one el ...

Every four years we’re lucky enough to watch the best real-time branding lesson available anywhere — the campaign for the President of the United States is a master’s level class in how to build a brand (and how not to!).

Brand expert Bruce Turkel looks at the election and sees things that no one else notices. Bruce breaks down the lessons that are unfolding right in front of our very eyes in an insightful, educational, and entertaining way. Regardless of which side of the aisle you’re on, you’ll never look at -- or learn more from -- the election the same way again.

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Biography

As CEO of the successful brand management firm, TURKEL, Bruce Turkel has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years.

Bruce Turkel's concepts are simple but not simplistic.  His methods are easy to understand and immediately actionable. His talks present a profound, proven, and potentially profitable way to build your brand strategy, increase sales and create real traction with your social media activities.

Under Bruce's guidance, his firm has created wildly effective campaigns for its clients, including Hasbro, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Channel, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, HBO Latin America, Peabody Hotels,Bacardi, Kissimmee Convention & Visitors Bureau, Canyon Ranch Living and Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts, to name just a few.

Bruce’s firm is built on the belief that marketing should be well-designed, simple, and should make a client’s products and services more valuable. Using this straightforward checklist, he has worked with hundreds of clients, written thousands of headlines, and designed even more print ads, television spots, websites, and campaigns.

When he's not creating advertising or design, he's a sought after expert for CNN, MIT, NAMM, MPI, UM, NSA.  He’s also the author of Building Brand Value: Seven Simple Steps to Profitable Communication and two other branding and advertising business books. His latest title, All About Them: Grow Your Business by Focusing on Others, is due out in September.

A captivating and entertaining speaker, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce appears regularly on FOX Business and has been on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. He has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Communication Arts, and AdWeek.   His branding work has been honored by Communication Arts, the Art Directors' Club of New York, Clio and the One Show to name just a few, and this year his work won six Emmys.

In addition to writing and illustrating books and articles on branding, Bruce is the front man for the Miami R&B band Blackstar and enjoys practicing his harmonica in traffic, as well as being a dad, a husband and mentor and training for marathons.