You’re not going to like this. No one ever does. But setting a budget for marketing is always a difficult task. Business experts and academics, all smarter than I am, have, in the past, advanced formulas and prescriptions for creating budgets appropriate to a company’s size and its marketing challenge. I have no idea if […]
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, […]
Jay Gould is a noted businessman, a turnaround specialist who takes on troubled business lines and brings them back to profitability. He’s worked his magic at Newell Rubbermaid, Graco, Pepperidge Farm and, most recently, at American Standard. Gould is first to say that his successes come, in large part, from “viewing all … decisions through […]
In our branding workshops for startups, I show a slide that expresses how branding requires a focus on three aspects of your business: strategy, marketing and operations. Strategy, to build a strong brand platform with a unique and differentiating brand promise. Marketing, to communicate that promise effectively. And operations, to consistently deliver on the promise. […]
Want to kill the festivities at your next party? Ask for a show of hands. How many in the room think there will be an economic downturn in the near future? You’ll see a lot of hands go up, however reluctantly. You’ll also see a lot of moods come down and you’ll probably be asked […]
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Best Branding Reads
Week of February 15, 2021
Branding trends for 2021: Latest predictions to watch out for
A whole lotta prognosticating going on.
The Shultzian Hour - Take Time for Strategy
You could disagree with Shultz but still respect the hell out of him.
The Role of Empathy in Design
Being decent makes good business sense.
Value Tagging: A New Attention Model For Brands
Our brains automatically prioritize the information they receive.
ALC Ditches MAX Branding Despite Boeing Standing By The Name
Should Boeing ditch the MAX name? I think so.
Twitter’s new identity reflects the messiness of life online
Just what we need. More online messiness.
Building A Multisensory Brand
MasterCard and Aston Martin are going beyond the visual and the sonic.