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Employee branding is a CEO’s best friend

How do you lead, when everyone’s their own leader? Recently I read an article on the Design Business Council blog by Greg Branson about how CEOs are adapting to changing employee attitudes. In the article Greg talks about a Wolff Olins report that revealed a…

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Setting the right budget for your Product Packaging

Why the right level of investment in your branding and packaging is critical. Every week we speak to a number of people who have an idea for a new product, have a product ready for market, or have a product in market that’s failing to…

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My Favourite Brands – A Truly Deeply Series

Before we begin, please put on this tune. One of my favourite brands out there is French Maison Kitsuné. Don’t know it? It’s okay, I’ll introduce you to this awesome machine. I call it a machine, as the Maison Kitsuné is a lot of things:…

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How personal brand is the foundation for building your business brand

Simple Personal Branding is great for Brand Building Recently I bumped-into a friend of mine; Graeme Goldman at a business event. Graeme is one of Australia’s brilliant entrepreneurs quietly going about growing impressive businesses and brands. His retail watch business, 8th Avenue Watch Co is…

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AirBnB finds-out how tough it is to get your branding right in China

The bumpy road for brands launching into China Recently Airbnb Co-Founder Brian Chesky announced via Twitter that his company has a new Chinese name; ‘Aibiying’. Aibiying is a clever localized brand name which sounds like the Western original, but translates in Mandarin to “to welcome…

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United Airlines boycott highlights a deeper brand crisis

Last week we shared a report on the impact of brand boycotts. The same day, United Airlines had a PR crisis unfold after they forcibly removed a paid-up passenger from their plane. What impact is this latest boycott having on the United brand? It was…

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Wishing Everyone a Happy Good Friday and a very Happy Easter

Hot cross buns heaven at Baker D Chirico, St Kilda store. Don’t forget to dig deep and donate to the annual Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal today.

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Master Personal Brand Fail for MasterChef King George Calombaris

It would appear MasterChef Judge and restaurant king George Calumbaris has tarnished his personal brand when it was recently revealed nearly 200 staff at his restaurants have been underpaid $2.6 million. George Calombaris’ company underpaid 162 of the 430 current staff at his restaurants including…

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Wow! Elon Musk’s Tesla brand keeps booming

We live in disruptive times for brands and business. You might have missed the news coming out of the US on Monday this week that saw the share value of Elon Musk’s Tesla brand continue to rise strongly. If there’s been a noteworthy trend in…

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21% of consumers boycott brands and most don’t come back

YouGov’s ‘Inside the Mindset of a Brand Boycotter report’ gives us some insight into consumers who boycott brands and why they can’t be ignored. Just about every week a major brand is under attack from consumers. Last week it was Pepsi, the other week it…

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How to Choose the Right Branding Agency.

A Guide to Choosing the Right Branding Agency. So you’ve worked-out the business benefits from branding, re-branding or designing new packaging for your business, products or services. You’ve worked through the business imperative, budgets and brief, now comes the tough task of sorting through all…

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Marketing with meaning: Creating brand connections

As a marketeer I have recently started to notice the increase in meaningful marketing and the extent to which brands are seeking to create meaningful experiences that consumers can connect with and move people emotionally. Thank goodness, a change has been in the air for…

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Our branding for Sooma memory foam mattresses and pillows

Sooma is all about simplifying the mattress buying process, designing the perfect mattress and caring for the planet. The Challenge. Our client is a manufacturer of high quality foam. They wanted to sell mattresses direct to the public but they couldn’t use their B2B brand.…

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Heineken fights to protect its brand and trademark red star

Global beer brand forced to defend it’s iconic red star and perceptions of it promoting communism. Dutch brand Heineken is recognised globally for it’s green cans and bottles. Another core brand asset is the red star. Unfortunately for Heineken, the red star is also seen…

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