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Why Brands Now Lead In Innovation

There’s plenty of innovation going on at research labs all across the globe. In space, in pharmaceuticals, in renewable energy, and countless other fields, people are working day and night to find breakthroughs and discoveries. But it’s brands that are doing the most deliberate innovation right now. Why? Because consumers are demanding it. Ecommerce is booming because people want the convenience of shopping from home. Retail is going all out to create experiences that consumers will find compelling enough to bring them out to the mall. Consumer products are constantly re-inventing themselves to be greener, more sustainable or less damaging to the environment. Financial services are competing to make banking and investing easier, safer, more secure and socially responsible. Sports and entertainment events are aiming to be ever more spectacular. All this is driven by consumer demand. Marketing has always been concerned with meeting customer needs, of course. But today’s world moves at the speed of a mouse click. So competitive brands are forced to follow the rule of A-B-I – Always Be Innovating. Read More


De-commodifying Your Brand Asset

I hear it all the time from B2B companies. We don’t really need to brand. Our customers all know who we are. Branding doesn’t work in B2B because the buyers have decision-making committees and systems that eliminate all those humanistic influencers. We don’t want to spend money on branding because none of our competitors do. The people who make these arguments are leaving money on the table – maybe lots of money. Every B2C operation knows the benefits of branding. Every box on the cereal aisle gets designed and redesigned in a constant battle to win the attention of the shopper as she wheels her cart on by. They only have a moment to capture her eye and earn her notice. Their branding has barely a nanosecond to do its thing. By contrast, the B2B sales cycle can drag on for months or years. There are multiple decision makers across various silos. Branding has plenty of time, and plenty of people, to influence. The firm that brands its offerings has a leg up on its competition because, over all that time, it’s shaping its buyers’ perception of the brand in a positive way. Branding is much more influential in B2B than in B2C precisely because so few B2B firms invest in it. Boardwalk proved that when we worked with a software development firm. Read More


Best Holiday Wishes To You

(No blog post this week. May the spirit of this season of joy sustain you and your loved ones throughout the coming year. Let’s endeavor to see 2018 surpass all expectations, in every arena of our personal and public lives, and no matter what disappointments pop up in our news feeds. Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Read on for some fun branding links. Read More