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.
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.
A vertical branding strategy pushes for objectively better products, while horizontal branding strategy is okay with being different. When I do brand strategy consulting, I… Read More »What is vertical branding? What is horizontal branding?
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.
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.
The effect of branding is powerful, or nearly every company would not feel the need to have a name and a logo. The power of branding is to influence actions; a strong brand can lubricate the process of asking for purchases, likes, shares, donations, or whatever action a business desires. This is because of our subconscious ability to gather reputations.
An inside look the deals between manufacturers and retailers involving brands. Private labels have been a constant part of my decade of experience in retail… Read More »Private Label Brands: Inside the Boardroom Deals