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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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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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Smells Different. Demeter leverages the romance of everyday experiences.

Fragrance brand bucks category norms to standout in highly competitive fragrance category. Demeter continues to defy the age old art of using sex, glamour and mystique to sell fragrance. Instead, the brand uses everyday experiences as their inspiration. The US fragrance company has just released…

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What do you do as a consumer?

In the light of the recent #CoopersGate, as a consumer and a brand strategist I wonder: where do we go from here? Last week, Coopers’ beer was featured in Bible Society’s video ‘Keeping It Light’. In the video liberal party politicians, Tim Wilson and Andrew…

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Brands that champion and empower women #internationalwomensday

With International Womens Day last week I thought it would be interesting to shine a light on the positive impact that brands can have in the the female equality and empowerment space. Business and brands are demonstrating that they have a role to play in shaping…

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Found in translation. A masterclass in global branding from Samsung

Samsung’s new ad in India is a masterclass in localization for global brands. As more brands look to the huge markets in China and India with a mix of enthusiasm and consternation, Samsung’s latest ad campaign created for the Indian market is hitting the mark.…

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Truly Deeply raises over $27,000 for One Voice through Art with Heart 2016

It is not every day you get to hand over a rather large cheque for $27, 812.16 to the beneficiary of Art with Heart 2016, however that is exactly what we had the great pleasure of doing yesterday when some of the team from Truly…

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Own your brand in every way

When I talk Oscars, style and Emma Stone it is not only because I am a big fat fan of award season and film, it is also because I love to see how the brand story telling of the nominated films can play out on…

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Dept of finance campaign bad for their brand and the entire government

Game Changers branded content perpetuates the perception that the government is out of touch with most Australians During the past few days, The Australian Government’s Department of Finance has managed to create their place in history with a stunning fail in government advertising. In an…

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PwC Brand Not Shining So Brightly After Oscars Blunder

For those yet to see the footage, confusion hit the stage at this year’s Academy Awards when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced the incorrect winner of the Best Picture award as ‘La La Land’, not ‘Moonlight’ after they were given the wrong envelope on…

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#wegetyou – a Campaign speaking the language of Gen Viz

Gen Viz speak their own (very visual) language. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, is a US nonprofit dedicated to reducing substance abuse among adolescents. In 2015 they developed this campaign to raise awareness of what they do and connection with their audience. Yes the campaign…

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Why Consumers Love a Brand that Stands for Something

I recently came across this pic in my Facebook feed; it’s of a label sown into garments produced by a small U.S. brand for sale in the French market. The translation from French says: Wash with warm water Use mild soap Dry flat Do not…

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