"Consumers control the brand. Marketers do not." It's been the manifesto of social media aficionados for years, but in my opinion, the concept is something contrived as an attempt to validate social media and social media "experts'" position in the marketing landscape. And for the most-part people seem to be buying it.
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Year after year we see an endless parade of beer advertisements. Most—even the memorable ones—fail to move a keg, can or bottle out of the warehouse. Why?
Like Walter White of AMC's Breaking Bad, you might be finding your business is struggling and you're not quite sure what the underlying issues are. Even worse, you might not even notice your business is struggling and you're failing to see the warning signs.
It frustrates me when companies waste their time and money. One of the easiest ways to do this in business is to move forward with a rebranding project when you aren’t ready. Last year I gave five great reasons to rebrand. This year I thought it would be interesting to discuss five equally great reasons […]
For the second time in five years, the players are locked out by the NHL. Regardless of whether you side with the Millionaires or the Billionaires, the fact remains—an NHL lockout is not the way to successfully build a brand that's in desperate need of building.
Colour. It's arguably the most important component of a strong and easy to recognize brand identity. Without colour, brands wouldn't exist in our minds quite the same way.
Retail brands like Apple get it. Hospitality brands like Hudsons Canadian Taphouse get it. Arts and culture-focused brands like the AGA get it. But interior design is an often overlooked aspect of reinforcing brand in both the corporate and professional environments.
There's been a lot of talk over the internets the last few weeks in regards to big brands' rebranding efforts. On August 23, 2012 Microsoft unveiled its new logo, the first update of its kind in last 25 years for the Redmond-based software giant.
We’ve all seen amazing promotional marketing videos before. Whether they're funny, inspiring, shocking, or heart felt, some companies do video exceptionally well. They tell great stories and as a result they connect us with their brands in ways others cannot.
As companies diversify, they often drift further from their founding purpose. The original brand strategies that made them distinctive, compelling, and drove their success become less and less connected to the companies they are trying to become.