HAS Gillette’s social stand helped them grow? The CEO’s story

I hoped that last night’s British Brands Group lecture by Gillette CEO Gary Coombe would help answer the question from my January 19 post : Will Gillette’s ‘brand purpose’ [...]

Pascual’s prize shows revitalisation needs great strategy AND people

Post by Diego Kerner, Managing Partner for Latin America. Revitalising an old and slightly dusty brand is one of the greatest challenges in marketing. And this was just the challenge faced by Mar [...]

Brand refreshment to drive REACH: Ikea’s new city store

Post by Anne Charbonneau, Managing Partner based in Amsterdam. Between two client meetings in Paris I saw what looked like the opening of a cool tech or sports store, with queues round the [...]

Best Buy show how big brands CAN fight back

Post by David Nichols, Group Managing Partner and Head of Invention I recently read a great article in Inc. magazine about big US retailer Best Buy and its comeback from the brink in 2012 (1). [...]

How can Kraft Heinz’s brands bounce back?

The troubles of Kraft Heinz have been well-documented in recent weeks, following the announcement of a $12.6 billion loss for 2018. This included a $15 billion write-down in the value of its [...]

Weight Watchers shows risk of name changes as share price drops 36%

The renaming of Weight Watchers’ to ‘WW’ shows the risks of changing brand name. The company lost 300,000 subscribers in the quarter following the September 2018 change, [...]

How did Microsoft get its mojo back?

Microsoft’s market valuation pulled ahead of Apple for the first time since 2010,  confirming how effectively CEO Satya Nadella has revitalised the once ailing company. The share price has [...]

Tysons Foods turbo-charged growth shows big brands are NOT doomed

The tale of two food companies shows that big consumer goods brands are NOT doomed to decline, despite the negative predictions to this effect in many newspapers and consultancy reports. “Food [...]

£billion DIY disaster shows perils of re-positioning

This week Australian retailer Wesfarmers offloaded Homebase for a nominal £1 and took a whacking £1.1 billion write-down, just two years after paying £340 million for the the British DIY [...]

Britain’s Biggest Brands in £137m turnaround

There’s a lot of doom and gloom about the fate of big brands these days and specifically the threat of smaller, ‘insurgent brands’. So, I was interested to read The [...]

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