Branding

There are as many definitions of “brand” as there are brands. Here’s mine. A brand is the accumulation of the qualities, characteristics and quirks that consumers most immediately associate with you. You can define your brand all you want, but ultimately, it’s each individual consumer who decides what it all means.

That’s why it’s essential to work from the inside-out when developing or refining your brand … to identify and leverage the actual, authentic consumer insights that inform your business sector, and ensure that you have a brand that can address them.

 

That’s the approach I take when considering any aspect of brand definition – from naming products to developing logos to creating taglines. This has included:

  •  Creating of an entirely new way of looking at banking, created for the dear, departed Norwest Bank.
  •  Launching of the first-ever co-branded Visa cards for Bloomingdale’s and other Federated Department store
  •  Ensuring the unparalleled trust evoked by USAA flowed through every customer touch point.
  • Creating of a comprehensive sub-brand for all of Capital One’s small business products and offerings

For an assessment of your current brand, please contact me.

Case Studies

AdWatch: Apple, Maya Angelou and The Human Family

AdWatch: Apple, Maya Angelou and The Human Family

What do you say when you are a global brand? What do you say when your products are practically ubiquitous … shorthand for an entire class of technology? What do you’ve when your champions and critics have said nearly everything that could be said? You let a poet speak. You let a poet speak not…+

Bringing Together 2 Iconic Brands

Bringing Together 2 Iconic Brands

When Capital One acquired ING Direct (INGD), the opportunity was great … and so was the obligation. ING Direct was not a typical business, nor was it a typical brand. The brand’s success was the result of intentionally differentiating itself as much as possible from the way other financial institutions presented themselves. And, as relatively…+

From the Blog

The Best Story You See This Holiday Just Might Be An Ad

The Best Story You See This Holiday Just Might Be An Ad

Good storytelling doesn’t require a lot of time. In fact, when done expertly … masterfully … a great story can be told in just about 90 seconds. Like this: Clearly, Misunderstood packs a real emotional punch It’s heartwarming and clever, plays against stereotype, utilizes a twist ending, and, as a result, tugs at the heartstrings…+

Are Buick, Cadillac and Dodge driving away from their legacies?

Are Buick, Cadillac and Dodge driving away from their legacies?

Three prominent car makes (or, as Ford would prefer you to think of them, “brands”) have recently taken a stab at redefining themselves for, they must believe, a misguided public. Buick, Cadillac and Dodge have each taken different approaches to the challenges, and they work to varying degrees of success. From least to most successful,…+

Everything is a user interface. (Yes, even print.)

Everything is a user interface. (Yes, even print.)

Here’s a challenge that all marketers face … and it can be a particularly daunting one, particularly for those who are still developing their marketing chops. What, exactly should you be looking at when you’re assessing creative? There are about as many answers to that as there are people who look at creative. But there’s…+