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 [...]

Can Kapten capture share from Uber?

A email inviting me to sign up to a new car-booking called Kapten grabbed my attention this week. Kaptain is one of several new ‘insurgent’ brands launching in London this year looking to steal [...]

Heck: a sizzling sausage success story

Post by Simon Gore, Managing Partner and our Head of Brand Identity & Naming. We love growth stories about sausage brands like Heck, the subject of this post, as they literally bring to life [...]

Secrets of a successful start-up: CureFit

Post by Prasad Narasimhan, Managing Partner based in Bangalore. India throbs to the beat of a million start-ups and CureFit is one of the most exciting, making big waves in the world of fitness, [...]

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). [...]

Coravin put ‘B2B2C branding’ on the menu 

During dinner at the restaurant Harnett & Holder I saw a brilliant example of what I call ‘B2B2C’ branding: building a brand with business customers to in turn promote the brand to consumers. [...]

Inside an insurgent: the Gran Luchito story

Post by Jon Goldstone, Managing Partner (Global) based in London According to 88% of marketing directors in our research (posted here) smaller, ’insurgent’ brands pose a serious threat to big [...]

Why is Direct Line’s brand strategy “best-in-class”?

Direct Line is again a well-deserving winner in the IPA Advertising Effectiveness Awards, building on their 2016 success that I posted on here, when I reported on a campaign that built insurance [...]

Distinctiveness vs. differentiation: who is right?!

Mark Ritson added fuel to the fire of debate about distinctiveness versus differentiation in a recent column (1). “There is a worrying trend to favour distinctiveness over [...]

The bad and the mad of the brand extension graveyard

A reminder of how overcrowded ‘the brand extension graveyard’ is popped into my in-box this week. Thanks to brandgym blog reader Mark James for sharing a CB Insights article (1) with [...]

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