Tag: brand strategy

Uprising: A Guide to Movement Marketing

February 2nd, 2016   •   no comments   

ImNoAngel Movement Marketing

I’m No Angel (#ImNoAngel) by Lane Bryant is a good example of Movement Marketing

In a “hyperconnected, ultra-competitive, and supercluttered marketplace”, doing more of the same big idea advertising on mostly mainstream media channels isn’t going to work anymore. Consumers are getting jaded and overloaded with information – much of which has little or no relevance to their lives nor their interests.

To win over increasingly cynical consumers who expects nothing less than total transparency (fueled by the openness of the social web), what should companies and businesses do?

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10 Steps to Reinventing You

July 12th, 2015   •   no comments   

10 Steps to Reinventing You by Dorie Clark
Dorie Clark wants to reinvent you (image via HBR Facebook)

You’ve slogged hard for years. Maybe even decades. Somewhere along the way, you lost your mojo.

Maybe work isn’t as fulfilling or meaningful as before. Or you realise that you haven’t made any progress in years.

What should you do under these circumstances?
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The Death of the Music Album

March 30th, 2014   •   1 comment   

Katy Perry’s Prism isn’t getting off to a colourful start (courtesy of The Katy Perry Wiki)

Katy Perry is a global mega-star.

Her music videos on YouTube generate hundreds of million views (over 201 million for “Roar”). Her Facebook fan page has almost 60 million “likes”. Over 47 million followers worship her on Twitter. Her hits (like “Fireworks” and “Teenage Dream”) are so well known that anybody from school kids to grandparents are humming along to their melodies.

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Branding in The Social Age

November 6th, 2013   •   no comments   

Branding in the Social Age
Coke, Starbucks and Subway are leading social brands (courtesy of Slashfood)

How do you create a social brand? Are there any differences between a traditional brand and a social brand?

In the age of social and digital media, traditional methods of branding are not enough. The process of building and implementing a brand needs to consider the unique characteristics of the social ecosystem.
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8 Ways Brands Can Win Fans

August 11th, 2013   •   no comments   

Lady Gaga‘s little Japanese Monsters show lots of brand love (courtesy of Tokyofashion.com)

No brand is an island. Especially in the age of the mobile social web.

Going it alone is foolish when competitors are hot on your heels. It can also be extremely expensive to invest continually in new product development, mass advertising, and promotions to drive sales. What’s more, there will always be a bigger fish in the ocean.
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How Stories Bring Brands To Life

June 30th, 2013   •   2 comments   

How Stories Bring Brands To Life TOMS shoes
TOMS shoes has one of the most best brand stories ever (source of image)

Logos. Taglines. Company names. Mastheads. Mascots. Jingles. More logos.

Every single day, we’re exposed to hundreds of different brands. These cover the entire spectrum of the consumption experience – from F&B to fashion, tuition services to toiletries.
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Which Social Media Strategy Should You Adopt?

November 7th, 2012   •   no comments   

A picture often paints a thousand words. A great comic or cartoon, on the other hand, paints tens of thousands.

“Marketoonist” Tom Fishburne recently created a wonderful graphical depiction of 5 different types of social media strategies as depicted below:

Courtesy of Tom Fishburne
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Don’t Monkey Around with Kipling’s Ape

September 15th, 2012   •   1 comment   

A perennial favourite amongst my family members, Kipling has carved a niche for itself with its selection of well designed handbags, haversacks, satchels, wallets and suitcases. Arrayed in an attractive range of colours, designs and styles, Kipling offers something for everybody.

What I find unique about Kipling is that furry little simian dangling from the zipper. My son goes ape over those little critters. He has amassed a tidy little collection of different gorillas in shades of orange, green, red, brown, and black.

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An Innocent Story: Book Review

August 2nd, 2012   •   no comments   

Written by writer and brand consultant John Simmons, Innocent narrates the brand story of how Cambridge graduates Jon Wright, Adam Balon and Richard Reed built a “tasty little juice company” with a unique culture founded on strong values.  Embodying the informal, casual wit of the company, the founding of Innocent is summarised on their website in the form of a charming story as follows:

“We started innocent in 1999 after selling our smoothies at a music festival. We put up a big sign asking people if they thought we should give up our jobs to make smoothies, and put a bin saying ‘Yes’ and a bin saying ‘No” in front of the stall. Then we got people to vote with their empties. At the end of the weekend, the ‘Yes’ bin was full, so we resigned from our jobs the next day and got cracking.”
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The Role of Semiotics in Marketing

May 13th, 2012   •   4 comments   

semiotics in marketing
Of course one needn’t be too explicit with signs… (source of image)

What is the relationship between signs and marketing communications? Why do certain symbols and icons work more effectively in reaching consumers than others?

A brand of cultural anthropology which looks at the use of signs and symbols as a means of communicating and conveying meaning, semiotics is a vital discipline in the science of marketing communications, advertising and branding. 
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