Branding Insights

The Power of Comparisons

10 Oct , 2016  

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Last month, a new study came out that evaluated the impact of activity trackers such as Fitbit and Jawbone on weight loss. The conclusion was quite clear: the devices did not have a positive impact. If anything, they actually made things worse. According to the study, people lost more weight without them. You can read […]

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The Great Brand Portfolio Debate: Unilever vs. P&G

28 Sep , 2016  

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It is always interesting when two firms in the same industry embrace completely different strategies. Both companies are presumably led by smart and savvy business leaders, both have the same overall goals of increasing profit, driving growth and building firm value, and yet they come to very different conclusions and take divergent strategic paths. A […]

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Marketing and the $7,000 Pig

4 Aug , 2016  

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Last weekend my son Charlie and I spent a day in Wisconsin at the Racine County Fair. One of the highlights was watching the market pig auction. Every summer dozens of young people raise pigs for the auction. They buy piglets in the spring and then spend months feeding and caring for the animals. At […]

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Rebranding a School

26 Jul , 2016  

Schools

Government leaders in Chicago are considering rebranding some public schools to increase their appeal. The idea is interesting, but it isn’t likely to work on its own. Rebranding is more difficult than it seems. Some public schools in Chicago have very negative perceptions. People associate them with poor teaching and disappointing academic achievement. There is a […]

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Marketing Lessons from Macau

7 Jul , 2016  

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Last week I was in Hong Kong teaching a branding and marketing strategy program for global executives. It was a treat to be back in such a vibrant and colorful international city. On an open day, I headed over to Macau, just an hour away by high-speed ferry. I was astonished by my visit. Macau is […]

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Emirates and the Power of Great Marketing

9 Oct , 2015  

Emirates 10-2015

Every once in a while a marketing team creates a piece of advertising that really stands out. They get it right. There is a benefit, the branding is strong and the piece breaks through the clutter. This week Emirates released a new spot that delivers. Take a look: What works here? In my view, pretty […]

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UBS, Customer Insight and Being a Good Father

11 Sep , 2015  

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Yesterday while reading the Wall Street Journal online, I was asked a rather significant question: Am I a good father? That got me thinking. I aspire to be a good father to my three children. I try to be a good example. I help with homework, praise and encourage each kid, and help put food […]

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How Porsche Builds Its Brand

24 Jul , 2015  

Porsche

Several weeks ago, I received an invitation in my mailbox. It arrived in a black, sleek envelope with the Porsche logo on it. I was intrigued. Inside was an invitation to spend a few hours driving various Porsche models and learning about the brand, and I jumped at the opportunity. The Porsche World Roadshow took […]

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Effective Advertising: 3 Keys to Success

20 May , 2015  

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Advertising isn’t that complicated. If a spot is going to have an impact on sales, it has to do three things. First, the spot has to stand out. It has to break through the clutter. People see thousands of ads everyday, and the number is only increasing, making it all too easy for individual spots to […]

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Three Reasons to Fire a Customer

6 May , 2015  

UPS

Shipping and logistics giant UPS reported its quarterly earnings last week. Results were good and the stock jumped. One reason UPS did well is that it dropped several large customers. On the surface this makes no sense at all. Companies generally want to keep customers, not lose them. The way to grow a business is to […]