branding

Marketing and the Scientific Method

Silicon Valley entrepreneurship guru Steve Blank likes to say that a startup is “essentially an organization built to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” It’s an elegant definition, and we’d propose a corollary about brand strategy: Your positioning statement is essentially a hypothesis meant to be validated or revised as you learn from […]

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We have a branding problem.

“We need help with our branding.” We hear it all the time. And after a brief discussion, we typically learn that the speaker is looking for help with their organization’s logo and/or tagline—its “image.” The request is usually the result of a company decision to “rebrand” its website, update packaging and collateral, or revise the […]

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What’s in a (brand) name?

History. Habit. Equity. Company and product names are loaded with significance and are an enormously valuable facet of any company’s brand. So what happens to that brand when one enterprise acquires—or merges with—another? We’ve seen the blending of corporate brands handled both well and poorly. Here’s what makes the difference: Strategy. Successful rebranding in the […]

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Branding from the inside out

You already understand how important external branding is. And you’ve probably put quite a lot of thought and effort into it. But what about internal branding? Internal branding can be just as crucial to your success as external branding is, especially if your organization is anticipating or experiencing a big event, such as an acquisition, […]

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