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Do You Really Need A Brand?

From time to time, someone will ask me whether they really need to worry about branding their company. It’s usually asked by the leader of a B2B enterprise that markets to a select few customers and where the sales relationships are one-to-one, very personal. If I’m basically selling to my golfing buddies, goes the reasoning, […]

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The Rapid-Growth Purpose Category – Key To Successful Brand Positioning?

In his incredibly valuable book, Grow, ex-Procter & Gamble Global CMO, Jim Stengel, identified the 50 fastest-growing companies worldwide – now, known as the Stengel 50 – and sleuthed out the one characteristic they all held in common, the one thing that explained their phenomenal growth. After a decade-long study, he found these businesses crossed […]

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The Coming Brand Architecture of Cannabis

After last Tuesday’s election, 28 states plus Washington DC have legalized marijuana for medicinal use. Of those 28, seven states, plus DC, have also legalized recreational use. And of those seven, one is California with it’s huge population and habit of setting trends for the nation. Marijuana is now big business and it looks like […]

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How To Begin Building A Brand Strategy

Most businesses, whether startups or mature, have no real inkling what their brand promise is or what it should be. As I’ve written here before, most businesses are marketing in the dark. They try different tactics, they mail out a new brochure, they launch a new website, they switch from Instagram to Snapchat, they build […]

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Surf Fashion – A Study in Brand Strategy

“How long should a brand strategy last?” It’s a question that comes up often in my branding workshops. My answer is always the same. A good brand strategy should last a company somewhere between 15 and 20 years … except if the brand in question is a fashion brand. Fashion, by its very definition, is […]

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Best Branding Reads
Week of July 6, 2020

Values, Brand, and Culture — Your Strongest Competitive Advantage
An interesting take on building brands and shaping cultures.

Why Old Has The Advantage Over New
In many ways, we might all really want to go back to the old normal, not the new.

The Critical Link Between Marketing And Finance
Turns out both disciplines are about the same thing.

Employer Branding in the Face of a Crisis
Some really great examples of best and worst practices.

New Logo and Identity for Waze
A good redesign to integrate brand experience across social media platforms.

New Logo and Identity for Iceland National Football Team
Really, really love this logo … and the meaning behind it. Applications are all terrific too.

Images that Move — Using Video to Communicate Brand Story
Some good how-to pointers in this story.