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Archive for May, 2010

The 5 stages of brand creation

Posted in: Uncategorized ♦ Monday, May 31st, 2010, 12:10 pm ♦ No Comments

The work of branding a company may seem complicated, but it's simple enough to count the stages on one hand. When you look at branding from 10,000 feet, you see a 5-step process. Right now for one client, I’m at the cusp between stage 1 and stage 2, research and strategy. It’s helpful for them t [...]

Seattle Branding All-Stars

Posted in: Uncategorized ♦ Saturday, May 22nd, 2010, 5:44 pm ♦ No Comments

Last week I sat on a panel discussing branding. The audience was the very enthusiastic membership of Seattle’s Grassroots Business Association. Here’s a rundown of my colleagues on the panel (from left t [...]

Branding Interviews

Posted in: Uncategorized ♦ Monday, May 17th, 2010, 7:35 pm ♦ No Comments

Interviews. Lately I’ve been up to my eyeballs in personal interviews. Talking to real people about the real thoughts they have when using my client’s products. Why do personal interviews? The fact is, for a brand to stick, it has to be authentic. And to be authentic, you have to understand t [...]

The Branding Hourglass

Posted in: Uncategorized ♦ Wednesday, May 12th, 2010, 7:18 am ♦ No Comments

Every organization has a brand. Sometimes it’s difficult to see where a brand fits in the bigger picture of the organization as a whole. I started off describing it as a branding pyramid. But it’s not that shape at all. Thre are a few, key elements at the top, a single, simple brand in the middl [...]

Interbrand’s Top Global Brands

Posted in: Uncategorized ♦ Thursday, May 6th, 2010, 7:50 pm ♦ No Comments

Interbrand ranks the world's top brands. The top ten holds a few surprises and a whole lot of no-brainers. The no-brainers: Coke, Disney, McDonalds, Nokia, GE and IBM. The eyebrow raisers: Microsoft? Yes everyone knows them, but their branding is mostly copy-cat catch-up of Apple. Though pr [...]