Category Archives : Brands


Attention is Expensive – Part I 5

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Blogging for your business is foundational to any online marketing effort.
But it’s not enough to drive the kind of broad-based, continual attention that’s necessary to drive business in a predictable fashion.
The web enables all businesses to run their own media channels. It’s possible for a single blog post to spread farther than a New York […]


Branding Refuses to Die 4

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There was once a fad belief among internet enthusiasts that new media would destroy branding.
The argument centered on the belief that advertisers would find it more challenging to saturate the market with a more distributed media environment, and therefore struggle to implant narratives into the general consciousness.
That has failed to occur, and probably never will. […]


Stunt Vs. Vision 4

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Everyone has a trick. That correlates to views in social media often enough. Awesome. But where does it lead after the trick is done?
Some companies make a stunt into their vision by riding a commercial gimmick into the sunset and grabbing all the business they can along the way. Little Caesar’s tried that in the […]

Price leaves a brand only one leg left to stand on.

BP Fail Whale

Is Your Brand Ready for Trouble? 5

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Brands matter, even in the case of Goliath-sized companies, like BP. Why? Because a bad reputation makes stocks plummet, as BP’s own stock has begun to do in response to the Oil Spill debacle. That means lost profits for stock holders, which means fewer people actually wanting to hold your stock, which means eventually you can’t sell the […]


What Makes a Company Valuable? 9

Many companies consider that most of their strength comes from their brand. But traditional branding has come under criticism. It used to be possible to label a commodity like potato chips with a brand name strengthened by television, print, and radio advertising and mark up the products considerably. Generating that brand strength is no longer as easy as it used to be. And it’s impossible to measure.


Static Vs. Social Brands 10

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Many corporations and organizations still don’t really get social media, perhaps because they are operating in a former mode that denies social media realities. Many organizations, on the other hand, are using new media to connect in a with the public in a positive manner. Mostly, however, this doesn’t go beyond having a profile on […]