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Liz High

Liz High
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Bio

Liz High is a seasoned brand strategist, marketer, and insight and innovation agency founder.

She is also the author of the newly released book: “Think Like A Brand, Not A Bank: 5 Practical Strategies to Unlock Innovation, Connect with Customers, and Grow”, co-authored with Allison Netzer.

Liz tells stories that are rooted in her extensive experience advising global brands, growing her own agency to successful acquisition, and senior leadership roles in innovative technology businesses.

Her clients have included tech giants Dell, Microsoft and Amazon and banks and credit unions like RBS, Lloyds, Citi Bank, TDECU and Vystar.

Most recently Liz has focused on building brands, driving innovation and growth in FinTech. Recent clients include Temenos, Payveris, Total Expert, Fintwist and Nymbus, where Liz was the leader and EVP of Nymbus Labs, an innovation and marketing services division built to deliver rapid growth and market disruption.

Speaking Topics

Applying Brand Thinking to Business and Personal Challenges

There are many misconceptions about brand. It is often wrongly defined as a marketing exercise, a logo, a website, or a color pallet.

It’s not.

It is everything you stand for, say, do and promise to your stakeholders – the market, customers, employees, and investors.

It is valuable too.

Let’s say that ten years ago you invested $1,000 in a portfolio of the top 150 most valuable global brands (defined and measured annually by Kantar Brandz™) and another $1,000 in the S&P 500, you would have 3.5X the returns on the brand portfolio.

Liz unpacks why successful brands deliver results like these, explores how they think and operate to provide practical advice, real-world examples, and actionable strategies you can apply to accelerate innovation and drive business and personal growth.

Deep Diving Into Her “Think Like A Brand, Not A Bank” Book

Specifically for banks, credit unions and other financial institutions, Liz deep dives into all or some of the 5 strategies in her book, Think Like A Brand, Not A Bank which are:

  1. Sometimes, do the counterintuitive thing – Get out of binary thinking and look for new spaces
  2. Embrace tension and create contradictions – Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
  3. Cue the remix – How to maximize what you have before you build something new
  4. Remember, product isn’t what it used to be – Finding and delivering a fair exchange of value
  5. Coach and compose – How to take everyone along for your ride

She can tailor the content to be relevant to issues you are facing or the theme of your conference/meeting.

For example – how brand thinking kicks down bank silos, how brand thinking can supercharge your bank marketing strategy or how brand thinking can help women in banking supercharge their careers.

Building Meaningful Customer Experiences in Financial Services and Other Industries

If your industry is currently being disrupted by an army of VC funded Tech startups e.g., health, Insurance, legal, wealth or financial services, you need to think differently about how you evolve your business.

The way that consumers and businesses choose companies to buy from (or banks to bank with) isn’t changing, it has changed.

People want outcomes so trying to compete on bytes, bits, features, and functions is a zero-sum game.

Your purpose and your brand matter. The contextual relevance of your customer experience matters.

Liz talks about and shares real world examples of how new customer experiences in banking and beyond use data, insight, and innovative mindsets (yes – back to thinking like a brand) to build compelling customer experiences that will matter to customers and deliver a fair exchange of value for both sides of the customer relationship.

All industries need to know so much more about the people and businesses they serve. How do they define themselves? Who is in their tribe (and who is not)? What are their rituals? What does community mean to them?

Liz encourages you to ask yourself, is your brand, product or service where it needs to be i.e. where they are, not where you want them to be? The ‘Build it and they will come’ mentality doesn’t cut it any more.

Potential Paper Titles / Topics with potential categories:

  • Think like a brand, not a bank: 5 Practical Strategies to Unlock Innovation, Connect with Customers, and Grow [banking]
  • Think like a brand, find your purpose: Why product isn’t what it used to be and what your bank should do about it [Banking]
  • Niche is the new normal – building financial experiences that matter [banking, fintech]
  • How to build a brand while running a bank – Reinventing your brand to deliver true value [banking]
  • Stop flogging product and Other FinTech Heresies: How to use brand thinking to get banks and credit unions to buy more quickly [Fintech]
  • Think like a brand, build a super team – developing a growth mindset to get things done [Banking, building your business]
  • How to start an argument about [your vertical] marketing: Kicking the elephants out of the room to make room for growth [Banking, Fintech, Marketing]
  • Think like a brand, not a [your vertical]: 5 Practical Strategies to Unlock Innovation, Connect with Customers, and Grow [Banking, building your business]
  • Think like a brand, win at work: 5 days and 5 exercises to change your career mindset [Banking, building your business, Leadership, Inspiration]
  • Mindset matters: How to think like a mega brand every day [Banking, building your business, Leadership, Inspiration]
  • Cue the remix, compose and coach: How to innovate without a $1M price tag [Banking, Innovation]

Speaking Topics

  • Applying Brand Thinking to Business and Personal Challenges
  • Deep Diving Into Her “Think Like A Brand, Not A Bank” Book
  • Building Meaningful Customer Experiences in Financial Services and Other Industries
  • Think like a brand, not a bank: 5 Practical Strategies to Unlock Innovation, Connect with Customers, and Grow [banking]
  • Think like a brand, find your purpose: Why product isn’t what it used to be and what your bank should do about it [Banking]
  •  Niche is the new normal – building financial experiences that matter [banking, fintech]
  • How to build a brand while running a bank – Reinventing your brand to deliver true value [banking]
  • Stop flogging product and Other FinTech Heresies: How to use brand thinking to get banks and credit unions to buy more quickly [Fintech]
  • Think like a brand, build a super team – developing a growth mindset to get things done [Banking, building your business]
  • How to start an argument about [your vertical] marketing: Kicking the elephants out of the room to make room for growth [Banking, Fintech, Marketing]
  • Think like a brand, not a [your vertical]: 5 Practical Strategies to Unlock Innovation, Connect with Customers, and Grow [Banking, building your business]
  • Think like a brand, win at work: 5 days and 5 exercises to change your career mindset [Banking, building your business, Leadership, Inspiration]
  • Mindset matters: How to think like a mega brand every day [Banking, building your business, Leadership, Inspiration]
  • Cue the remix, compose and coach: How to innovate without a $1M price tag [Banking, Innovation]