Brand Building

365: Why Do I Need a Brand?

January 8th, 2011

Why do I need a brand? When I first read this question on January 3, 2011 my instinctive response was more haughty than informative. Why do we need a sense of purpose? Why do we need a personality? Why do we need reputations, character, values, and credibility? A sense of […]

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365: Do You Have a Favorite Brand Book?

January 9th, 2011

Do you have a favorite brand book? No, to paraphrase a famous tag line, “No one can read just one”. With that in mind here’s a short list of a few of our collective favorites: It must be said that Marty Neumeier, Director of Transformation at Liquid Agency is “king” […]

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365: Is The Tiger Wood’s Brand Dead?

January 10th, 2011

Do you think the Tiger Woods brand is dead? I think Tiger Woods is very much alive. I suspect that he is broken. I believe that brands humanize business. Applied to individuals, brand has quite the opposite effect; reducing a sports hero to endorsements and sponsorship. Brands remind us that […]

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365: How Important are “Core Values”?

January 12th, 2011

How do you feel about a company’s “core values”? I went to a conference 1/11/11 and the speakers talked about establishing 3 or 4 “core values” for your company/brand that will never change. They say this is the guiding post for everything they do as a company. I would love […]

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365: What’s the point?

January 17th, 2011

What’s the point? We have found that outrageous talent united around a common focus, shared values, and a philosophical sense of purpose, engaged in meaningful work, that exercises the core competencies and enthuses the synergy of the working community of people, managed by commitment with enough resources to accomplish their […]

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365: What would you like to brand?

January 18th, 2011

What have you been wanting to brand but haven’t gotten a chance to yet? A Public School (likely our next pro bono project). Every kid should know why they “attend” this place, what matters around here (authentically), what it means to belong “here”, what “we” collectively stand for, are made […]

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365:Does a brand proposal include ongoing support?

January 19th, 2011

When you work with clients do you include in a proposal ongoing “marketing support” or is it more projects based? Every company and project is different. Some Requests for Proposal (RFPs) request, and other contracts bind, a firm for ongoing marketing support for as long as 3 years. Some projects […]

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Crafting Content out of Fingerprints

January 28th, 2011

“If the writing is honest it cannot be separated from the man who wrote it.” Tennessee Williams The hardest part of crafting an authentic brand narrative is excavating who you really are, what you really do, and why you really matter. It’s easy rattle off a check-list of standard, homogenized, […]

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