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Orchard Thieves launches brand inspired reversible ad

A brand narrative that’s built around Orchard Thieves’ simple worldview that if you start bold, you’ll end bold. Heineken’s cider brand, Orchard Thieves keeps true to the brand’s mantra of ‘Be bold’ with it’s latest ad. The story follows a group of friends on their…

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Three Ways Retailers Are Scaring Away Ready-to-Buy Customers

The way customers buy has changed I recently read a great article on Curalate by Jarred Shelley, Head of Content Strategy that captured one of the great challenges fro retail brands in today’s ever-changed marketplace. The article talks through a shopping experience that is reflective…

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Redefining Bang & Olufsen’s Target Audience

New Campaign, New Audience Danish electronics company Bang & Olufsen (B&O) has recently released a new campaign to launch their product range B&O Play. It’s not just interesting because it’s new and beautiful, but because the company is targeting new audiences, a young clientele.  …

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Brutalist web design and what we can learn from it

Grids, rules, order, harmony — qualities that typically define ‘good design.’ What happens when all of this is thrown out? When chaos is embraced and celebrated? It’s called brutalist web design and it’s taking the design world by a storm. In this post we will take…

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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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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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A Social Marketing Cheat Sheet for Brand Owners and Managers

A Valuable Resource for Brand Owners and Managers One of the trends we are seeing playing-out in the world of brand is the rising importance of digital strategy and the smart people who have a handle on how brands should leverage this new and most…

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Budweiser’s Immigrant Campaign creates a storm in a pint glass

How should a brand react when a campaign gets this kind of backlash? Budweiser’s 2017 Superbowl commercial features the story of the beer company founder’s ambitious journey from Germany to America in pursuit of his dream: to brew the ‘King of Beers’. The story combines…

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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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Gatebox and the brave new world of AI

Has artificial intelligence come of age? Tech firm Vinclu has created the ultimate companion for a new generation of overworked Japanese. Her name is Azuma Hikari, and she’s the AI persona at the heart of Gatebox, a $2,500 product that acts as a home assistant…

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