Competitive Differentiation: Why it Matters

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A Cornerstone of Any Successful Brand Competitive differentiation. It’s something we stress a lot here, and if you’ve been following us and our work on how to brand your business, you know that we urge brands to make themselves as relevant and competitively differentiated as possible.   Sure, the product or service you are offering […]

What’s in a Name (Brand)?

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Changing a Name Brand. A name brand you recognize decides to change their name. The world is shocked, right? Dunkin’ Donuts goes to just Dunkin’. Weight Watchers goes to just ‘WW.’ Kentucky Fried Chicken is just ‘KFC.’ Well, annoyances aside, changing a company name can be a smart move, if aligned with the brand strategy. […]

Linking Your Logo and Brand Strategy

logo and brand strategy

On our own website, we state that no logo can exist in a vacuum. To create a new logo, without any clear marketing or differentiated branding strategy behind it would, as we say, require magic. Meredith Verdone, Chief Marketing Officer at Bank of America, seems to understand this well. She says that Bank of America’s […]

Winter Brand Strategy: It’s About Caring.

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Winter. Love it, hate it, tolerate it, the season brings out a lot of emotions in people. If you’re lucky enough to live in Southern California, then you have a bit of a different definition of what winter is compared to those of us who live in New England.   Winter up here can be […]

What does your Holiday Card say about You?

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‘Tis the season… when some 2 billion holiday cards and 500 million e-cards create a blizzard of good wishes. We’ve all received ones that wowed us (and others that made us cringe). So how do you make sure yours stands out and makes the right impression for your brand? Here are a few tips. 1. […]

Storytelling and your brand: Three points to consider

Storytelling and your brand

Storytelling is not: “Our product does X, and you should buy it because Y.” Storytelling is a much more powerful way to help people understand what you’re all about other than simply explaining “this is what we do, here’s why you should buy.” As consumers expect more from the companies with whom they do business, […]

Things no longer a thing in modern marketing

Things that are no longer a thing.

Recently, a client asked me to speak to a group of professionals re-entering the marketing workforce after a few years out. Specifically, the focus was what’s changed in modern marketing. How much time do you have? I started our discussion with “Things that are no longer a thing*.” The asterisk points to this caveat: “Or, […]

Blending merging brands?

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A colleague recently shared with me that her company is facing an acquisition. Although she remains positive, there is always a certain amount of trepidation that comes along when merging brands. I know! I’ve been there, and helping companies face the branding challenges inherent to mergers and acquisitions is one of the reasons we’re in […]

CMO Branding: New BFFs

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CMO branding! Like everything, the role of the modern Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) keeps changing. From a greater responsibility for impacting sales to higher expectations around ROI, CMOs have a lot going on — particularly those at small- to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) who usually have to do more with less (that hasn’t changed). The good […]