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Collaborations and why I love them

I love collaborations. I’m not sure why. Whether it’s Louis Vuitton, H&M or IKEA coupling up with a new designer, I am there. I’ve chased down press releases online, waited for collections to drop (calendar event created) and happily lined up both on- and offline to purchase. I’ll admit it:…

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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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Is your male marketing off pitch?

Linx brand connects with the 21st Century Man One of the most significant trends for any brand marketing to males under 30 is the blurring and fragmentation of what it means to be a man in the 21st Century. Long held stereotypes of muscular, masculine,…

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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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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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From Bandwagon To Brand Wagon?

AFL Women’s League An Untapped Brand Sponsorship Treasure Chest. If  last Friday night’s opening game of the AFLW is any indication, the belief that there’s no interest in women’s sport is fading fast. Even the AFL themselves were not prepared for the crowds that came…

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Yellow tail launches major US brand push with Super Bowl ad

Yellow Tail uses Aussie humour and cliches to promote their wine brand to Americans. Aussie wine brand Yellow Tail is making headlines as an outsider buying up big on the US Super Bowl. It’s also the first wine brand to air a Super Bowl ad…

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Sensory brand differentiation

Custom Apple accessory maker 12 South has created a ‘New Mac Smell’ candle for this Christmas. While it’s got plenty of headlines for obvious reasons. For me it raises the question: What do sensory branding do you do? We’re all aware of brands that have…

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If big brand Google was a guy

Everything you ask Google sounds a lot more stupid when you actually ask Google. A common phrase around the office is ….. “just google it!” This great little Youtube 5 part series brings to light some of the silliest & funniest google searches. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3  …

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H&M’s wonderful new Christmas ad shot by Wes Anderson

  Come Together – A Christmas Brand Gesture As the ‘content as entertainment’ train continues to gain momentum, Global retail brand H&M have teamed-up with film maker Wes Anderson to create a Christmas ad that is as quirkily cinematic as it is retail oriented. True…

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KolesWorth – Revealing the layers of successful SME branding

There’s more to branding than meets the eye Recently a small, independent supermarket opened at our local shopping strip. I was immediately drawn to the name and brand identity which are  naively unethical and amusing in equal measures. It turns out this is the fifth…

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Qantas rebrand – new era spirit or just spiritless?

Australia’s national carrier just launched its refreshed brand identity. It’s being positioned as “a new era, same spirit”. The Qantas rebrand is being linked to the airline’s new fleet of Dreamliner aircraft. It follows a series of service and product improvements. “This is not just…

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