May 23, 2017

How far can TV programs go with sponsored content?

Ad-wary TV viewers could get relief from an unlikely source – the advertisers they dislike. Recent moves by networks and advertisers signal what may become the next evolution in TV commercials: sponsored content. It’s an evolution that could also be a relief to brand marketers who have seen a steady decline in advertising effectiveness. Not […]

The many ways to create value people care about

There’s more to creating value than adding features and functions to your product. A lot more … Today people have so many choices between comparable products and services that feature functionality is the minimum requirement for consideration. It takes greater value than that to make a difference they care about. The value equation has shifted […]

Higher purpose matters to your customers and your sales

Here is a paradox for the times. A brand’s higher purpose is the reason it exists beyond making money. But brands that have a clearly understood higher purpose frequently have the greatest financial growth. That conclusion comes from a Millward Brown analysis of the 50 fastest growing brands over the 10-year period 2001-2011. All of the […]

Building your brand on moments of helpfulness

There is a difference between branding and being a brand. Branding focuses on the grand gesture. The big ad campaign with major media impressions. The breakthrough product innovation. The viral marketing event. Those things capture top-of-mind awareness for a short period of time. But in today’s noisy marketplace that awareness is quickly displaced by the […]