Bó bank is no bank: the risks of new brand launches

High street banking group RBS’s closure of its new digital bank Bó shows the risks of launching new brands to compete with smaller ‘insurgent’ brands. In this case, RBS was [...]

How to pivot your brand to save your business

I love reading about small brands ‘pivoting’ to save their businesses during these crazy times. These success stories appear like shafts of sunlight cutting through the clouds of doom [...]

Pepsico Future Brands: innovation quality@speed

There were some interesting inside tips on creating quality innovation@speed in a recent interview with Karen Scott, head of PepsiCo Europe’s Future Brands division (1). Speeding up innovation is [...]

Big brands need to ‘think young’ to fight the insurgents

Post by Prasad Narasimhan, Managing Partner based in Bangalore, India and Head of Brand Experience. Big brands are trying to fight back against a rapidly growing tribe of insurgent brands [...]

Using rapid insight to ignite innovation

A recent FT article highlighted how big consumer goods companies are harnessing rapid, digitally-enabled insight to reignite growth, following years of sluggish sales (1). Revenues at the top 30 [...]

Retail revitalisation has Pets at Home sales purring

Pets at Home is bucking the trend for retailers to struggle and even go bust. They have just posted forecast-beating first half results, with a near 19% growth in underlying pre-tax profit and an [...]

‘Rocketing’ for faster and cheaper ‘innovation: brandgym research part 2

This post looks at how marketers can respond to the ‘innovation squeeze’ introduced in last week’s blog: the dual demands of lower costs AND rapid innovation to drive topline [...]

Innovate faster & cheaper to beat ‘the innovation squeeze’: brandgym research part 1

Our 12th annual research project focuses on the hot topic of innovation. In this first of two posts we look at the relationship between innovation and cost cutting: have big brands focused less [...]

How Apple’s distinctive design dominated the smartwatch market

Impressive results for the Apple Watch caught my eye this week, with the brand winning a 54% global share of smartwatches in Q1 2019, with sales growing at c. 20% (1). It is four times the size [...]

A sorry Saga of stretching from the core 

Saga’s recent woes show the perils of stretching a brand too far, too fast, and neglecting the core (1). The insurance and travel provider for the over-50s recently announced a £310m write-down [...]

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