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 September 14, 2020
The Reason Good Businesses Tell Boring Stories
They confuse story with narrative.
Brand Loyal vs. Price Loyal: How Customers Perceive Brand Value
If you can’t attract them with your brand, forget them.
Time And Intensity Redefine Brand Engagement
Consumers today – Fully engaged or completely disengaged.
Ask Not What Your Community Can Do for You…
Can your brand provide the glue that binds individual customers into a community?
Jet refuels its brand as it heads towards a low carbon future
Can you make money by encouraging your customers to buy less of your product?
New Logo, Identity, and Packaging for Omsom
Food packaging takes a bold new approach.
Marketing’s Role In Quality Of Life
Marketers are getting a front row seat at the game of life.