The Financial Value of Brands Continues To Rise

Brands continue to grow in value, according to the analyses in Millward Brown‘s most recent BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report.

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Great Brands Don’t Chase Shareholders

I recently wrote an article for entitled, “Are You Making Excuses for Not Building Your Brand or Are You Embracing Its Potential?” In it, I explained that some CEOs try to explain why brand-building isn’t relevant or possible for them by claiming “Our situation is different.” But the unique challenges they think face are, more often than not, really just excuses for not having the commitment, discipline, and focus to build a great brand.

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New Pinterest Board: #WGBD

Spot a great brand in action? Want to share your favourite brand? Inspired by a new brand? Please share your images on my new #WGBD Pinterest board — or tag your Twitter or Instagram posts with the hashtag #WGBD and I’ll make sure they get added to the board. Images of anything — a product, a sign, packaging, a store, a logo, a person, an ad — are welcome. 

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Don’t Try To Build a Great Brand Without This

In my experience working with some of the world’s greatest brands, I’ve discovered there’s single most important requirement for building a great brand: ownership of brand-building by executives at the highest level of the organization. 

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Brand Experience Brief: Sport Chalet

Welcome to my newest Brand Experience Brief, a video audit and analysis of a new or interesting retail or restaurant concept. Today you can take a look at Sport Chalet flagship store located in the Fig@7th shopping centre in downtown Los Angeles, CA. 

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Brand Book Bite from Evolve: Marketing as We Know It Is Doomed

Welcome to my latest “brand book bite” — check out the full collection of write-ups and author interviews here.

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What Great Brands Do — Infographic

If you’re looking for inspiration and insight on how to build a great brand, this infographic is for you. It introduces the brand-building principles discussed in my bestselling book, What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles That Separate the Best from the Rest. (Jossey-Bass.) Enjoy! Download! Share!

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Brand Experience Brief: Best Buy

This Brand Experience Brief covers Best Buy. I visited the location in Richfield, MN, and found that instead of presenting a cohesive Best Buy brand experience, the store provides a collection of shopping experiences for different brands. Take a look:

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15 Brand Trends for 2015

Another year almost gone, and it's time to start sharing trends and predictions for 2015!
Last year, I shared Brand Keys' Robert Passikoff's 14 Brand Trends for 2014. This year, Robert again put together his proposed trends for the upcoming year. He again shared his thoughts on the numerology, as well, this time, obviously focusing on 15: In numerology 15 is the combination of the number 1 (representing leadership and forward movement) and the number 5 (numeric for business and finance), thus 15 becomes the fusion of leadership and forward momentum for brands and marketers.

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Do We Care About Brands?

Do customers really care about brands? 

A couple weeks ago, SDL shared a post of theirs that included 25 facts about customer experience, including a variation of this one:

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