Hype busters: cutting through the hype about branding today

Each year we do a set of New Year cards as a source of inspiration for our clients and contacts. This year the theme is ‘Hype Busters: Busting the Hype about Branding Today’. Below I [...]

2017 in review: Rebooting branding for a digital age

As we approach the end of the year, its time to look back and do a quick review of 2017. We’ve done another 100 blog posts this year, posting every week, like we have since the blog started back [...]

Targeting ‘Millennials’ is nonsense: it’s a life-stage, not a segment

‘Millennials’ is one of the most over-used and mis-used buzzwords in marketing today. The term is often used to mistakenly portray people aged c. 25-34 as a homogeneous segment in [...]

Even social brands should lead with WHAT, not just WHY

I suggested in a recent post that the WHAT (creating a brilliant product/service) is just as important as the WHY (mission/purpose) for brands. This post looks at how this approach works even for [...]

How Airbnb use brand purpose to build the business: brandgym book post 3

In this third post inspired by our new book, the brandgym: A Practical Workout to Grow Your Brand in a Digital Age, we look at how to use brand purpose to sell more stuff, using Airbnb as an [...]

TV’s enduring emotional edge vs social media

TV is still the media that best satisfies our human need for emotional connection, according to a fascinating Video Advertising Bureau (VAB) report: ‘Be Still My Viewing Heart’. Advertising on TV [...]

How can big brands can fight back?

Big consumer brands face many challenges today, including retailer pressure, rising commodity prices and new, smaller ‘insurgent brands’.  Despite these challenges, big brands are not [...]

Are big brands really dying?

The media is full of stories about big brands declining and even facing extinction. The dominant narrative is as follows: Big brands are losing out to smaller ‘insurgent brands’ These [...]

Start with WHAT, not WHY

It seems I’m one of the only people to dare question the logic in Simon Sinek’s ‘Start with why’ approach to brands and business. So it was refreshing to read someone else [...]

Pukka Pies show how to grow the core

It’s great to see the brand strategy coaching work we did for Pukka Pies* last year coming to life, with recent news of a total brand re-launch program. As I explore below, this is a [...]