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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 January 27, 2020

How Far Could The Sussex Royal Brand Go?
Perhaps even more interesting than the Meghan & Harry case study is the LASSO model used to assess it.

Alexa — How Do I Create an Ownable Brand Voice?
Will your brand pass muster with voice assistants? And, if it does, how well will its voice appeal to consumers?

Why Is Design Becoming More Important to Business Than Ever Before?
Why great design matters – explained. A really well-written testimonial.

Build Adaptive Marketing Strategies with the Psychographic Branding Method
Not sure if we should applaud this technique … or fear it.

Trump’s biggest logo design crimes, ranked
Sorry folks. I try to stay apolitical but couldn’t resist sharing this one.

New Identity for AIR Studios
Beautifully evocative of sound waves through air.

Brands And Customers: How Close Is Too Close?
Your brand is the relationship you share with your market … emphasis on “share”.