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Personality rich brand storytelling. Mirry Christmus from Air NZ.

Air New Zealand’s sweet Christmas ad. Just about every brand is trying to leverage Christmas and stay top of mind. The big retailers are all trying to outdo each other with their Christmas TVCs. It’s also the time of year when many of us are…

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Texas Supermarket chain H.E.B. re-open straight after hurricane Harvey

When doing the right thing is the right thing for brands. With 350 stores throughout Texas and Mexico, H.E.B. is one of the largest grocery chains in the region. Nearly a quarter of the 112 year old retailer’s stores are located in Houston, in the…

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Celebrating 70 Years of Christian Dior

Celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, the National Gallery of Victoria is currently showing The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture, a unique collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior, featuring more than 140 stunning Dior garments. Exclusive to Melbourne,…

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Cheers to Toast – A Beer Brand With A Heady Purpose

All Beer Brands Are Not Born Equal. Researching this new craft beer brand from the UK I came across an interesting stat. The fresh bread consumer trend that has swept the globe has led to more than 40% of the bread baked daily around the…

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Why the most powerful healthy eating brand proposition is fast food

Unhealthy is the New Healthy We spend a fair amount of time talking to and working with hospitality businesses from start-ups to chains who are all looking to nail the perfect customer proposition. Owning a small chain of three pasta bars myself, I’m all too…

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Unyoked leverages the digital disconnect trend for new type of eco-tourism

Creating easy escapism for hipsters, Unyoked is all about easy disconnection in the wilderness. Unyoked is a simple yet smart brand story, built on some solid brand beliefs and brought to life with beautiful styled eco-cabins set in stunning semi-remote locations. The Unyoked brand philosophy…

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What if we could re-design everything from scratch? #waronwaste

What if we could start from scratch and re-design everything in our lives so that they were good for people, for the planet and for business? What if every product and service had an overhaul and it was developed not only with this thought but…

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Wonder Woman – driving a shift in strong female brands

As a fan of science fiction and fantasy movies, I’m really excited about the upcoming release of Wonder Woman on June 2. It’s the first super hero movie with a female in the lead role and comes with a lot of speculation around how successful…

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Emotive Branding – KFC finds it’s Romantic Side

For Mother’s day 2017, KFC US released a romance novella called Tender Wings of Desire. Interestingly, Mother’s Day is KFC’s best-performing day of sales in the year (sometimes truth is stranger than fiction). The book features Harland Sanders as the story’s love interest and seeks…

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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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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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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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