Brands in the News

Wallenda, Chicago and Branding

7 Nov , 2014  


Chicago built its brand this week by hosting Nik Wallenda’s high-wire walk across the city. The event attracted attention around the world. It was a terrific moment for Chicago; the event highlighted Chicago’s remarkable urban center. While people were watching Wallenda they were also watching Chicago. This is how great brands are built in the […]

Branding Insights

Four Scary Spots

30 Oct , 2014  

Four Scary Spots

It is Halloween, a day for frights and spooky scenes. So here are four exceptionally scary ads to consider. Dale Carnegie This is truly a frightening ad. The setting is all too familiar: someone with a gun and a mask. While the setting is a bank robbery, it feels like a school shooting. This is any […]

Healthcare Marketing

Pharmaceutical Pricing, Markets and Ebola

17 Oct , 2014  

Health workers wheel one of two Spaniards evacuated from Liberia at a hospital in Madrid

People love to attack pharmaceutical companies for setting high prices. Dr. Sharon Levine, for example, an executive from Kaiser, recently criticized the $84,000 price of Solvadi, Gilead’s new hepatitis C drug, noting, “It’s an outrageous price.” The problem is that the reason firms invest in developing new drugs is that there is an opportunity to set a […]

Brands in the News

Rebranding India

8 Oct , 2014  


India Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently wrapped up a triumphant visit to the United States He joined Barack Obama for dinner at the While House. More than 18,000 people filled Madison Square Garden to see him speak. He appeared with Jay Z, Beyonce and No Doubt at the Global Citizen Festival. Top executives form PepsiCo, […]

Defending Your Brand

Defending Air France

30 Sep , 2014  

PowerPoint Presentation

Air France, one of the world’s great airlines, is under attack. The recent two-week pilot strike was a financial and customer service disaster. The bigger problem is that Air France appears to be unable to defend its business; new competitors are stealing customers at an alarming pace. The financial results for Air France – KLM […]

Brands in the News,Crisis Management

The NFL Stumbles

22 Sep , 2014  

image nfl

The NFL is dealing with a significant brand crisis. How is the league doing at managing it? To evaluate the situation, I turned to Daniel Diermeier, dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and until recently a colleague of mine at the Kellogg School of Management. Daniel studies how companies […]

Brands in the News,Defending Your Brand

Apple’s Competitive Challenge

15 Sep , 2014   Video

Apple’s Competitive Challenge

Last week Apple rolled out a trio of new product platforms: iPhones with larger screens, a watch and a payment system. The new phones are not dramatic innovations; they build on existing technology and will help Apple keep pace with competitive offerings. The watch and payment systems are bigger innovations. They are both trying to change the rules. […]

Brands in the News

Debating the CVS Tobacco Decision

8 Sep , 2014  


CVS was in the news last week for its decision to drop all tobacco products and rebrand itself CVS Health. The company actually announced the tobacco move earlier this year. Last week it celebrated that it was officially tobacco free. The company is making a big deal of the tobacco decision, rolling out a fully integrated […]

Brands in the News

Rebranding the Tata Nano

28 Aug , 2014  

Tata Nano

The Times of India reported this month that Tata will soon phase out the Nano and relaunch the vehicle as the Tata Smart City Car. The move makes a lot of sense. The Nano was a bold new product. Tata launched the car in 2009 in India and positioned it for lower-income families. It was, and remains, the […]

Branding Insights,Managing Your Career

Irrational Optimism and CMOs

18 Aug , 2014  


The Chief Marketing Officer Council is out today with the results of its annual survey of marketing leaders. I was struck by two figures: – 81% of marketing leaders believe that share growth is likely and attainable this year. – 10% of CMOs are worried about their jobs. These figures suggest that marketing executives are an […]