Branding Definitions

Understand the terms marketers use when discussing brands. These will not only teach you the language but give you a better perspective on brand marketing.

Poker chips and poker card on gold poker table.

What are Table Stakes in Business?

Have you ever heard your colleague or a business pundit, like Jason Calacanis, use the term “table stakes” and wondered what they meant? I researched it, and have the answer for you. Table stakes highlight an essential concept in branding: meeting minimum customer expectations.

Starbucks Brand Promise. Coffee beverages. Nice beverages. Friendly staff.

Brand Promise

When a customer sees a brand, it is meaningful because of the promise that is implied. If I see Starbucks on a building, I am promised that great coffee and a cozy environment is inside. A brand promise is not a tag line or value proposition. We show you how to write a brand promise statement and show you examples from big brands.

Ford and Harley Davidson co-branded F-150 pickup truck

Co-Branding

More than the sum of their parts; brands can collaborate for great success (or disaster!) Co-branding can be great when two brands come together to make a product that neither brand would be able to pull off alone. But they fail when the new product is out of the scope of what customers could reasonably expect from the brand.