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Skol and the art of brand reputation recovery.

When Brands get it Wrong. It never ceases to amaze me the way in which brand-consumer relationships continue to play-out in the same way as regular human relationships. This is no-where more apparent than when brands get it wrong. And there’s no doubt brands do…

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Level Crossings: The Easter Strategy

You might be wondering why I have chosen to write this blog, on Easter Monday of all days, about level crossings. Bear with me, there’s a point, I promise. As you can imagine the removal of level crossings is a big operation. I may be…

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Is the Old-Fashioned Flyer Doing a Steven Bradbury?

Today’s post is an article written by Brandhook, good friends of ours and the sharpest brand research and insights agency around. Two mornings in a row, I have been handed direct advertising materials at Richmond station.  One for Uber Eats and another for Pet Circle;…

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Woolworths CEO first to get the UberEats threat in Australia.

The Ultra-Convenience Consumer Trend Disrupting… Everything. So much has been written about Amazon’s launch into the Australian retail market (we wrote about it ourselves recently) that it has created it’s own ecosystem of disruptive buzz. There’s no doubt a business the size of Amazon with…

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Happy Client testimonials are the best marketing strategy.

Nothing like being schooled on marketing by our own clients. Talking with a client this week he replayed of a conversation he’d had with another client I’d introduced him to. “You’ve gotta get that guy to shoot a testimonial video for you” he said, “he’s…

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Go with the Fake. Diesel ‘rips-off’ their own brand

Fresh fashion irony hits the streets of NY? In the quest for a new marketing edge, global fashion brand Diesel have come-up with an intriguing idea – to create ‘knock-offs’ of their own brand. Called; ‘Deisel’, the range seeks to build-on Diesel’s anti-establishment cred, celebrating…

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5 Strategies for brands marketing to Gen Z

Is Gen Z the toughest consumer group to market to yet? The answer to that question depends on the brand, it’s product and mindset. With each new generation of consumers, established brands find themselves challenged to connect with a new collective mindset. However, there are…

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Old branding lesson in a new world from Tiffany & Co.

Don’t throw the marketing baby out with the bathwater. This recent ad for Tiffany & Co. reminded me of the power of media placement. As the brand world continues to evolve and become more complex, it’s useful to keep in mind that some of the…

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Westfield’s OneMarket platform shapes up against Amazon

Westfield acts to level the playing field in this increasingly Amazon dominated marketplace. The world of retail has been shaken by the emergence of Amazon as the world’s leading platform like no other development in my 25 years of branding. If retailers aren’t kept awake…

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Our Public Sector Week branding and event activation design

A big, bold brand for an event for big ideas IPAA Victoria Public Sector Week 2017 is the only event that brings together the entire Victorian public sector in one location to drive fresh thinking and a create a better future for all Victorians. The…

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Brands celebrate Twitter’s new 280 character count

For those who missed it, Twitter recently increased their character count from 140 to 280. This means that Twitter users (and brands) are now able to say twice as much on the social media platform as they previously could. A number of brands took the…

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KFCs Halloween brand gesture a huge hit in the US

KFC Creates a Halloween Costume of their Iconic Colonel Sanders. Over the last two decades, fast food retail brand KFC have invested in an increasingly focused manner on bringing their founder Colonel Harland Sanders into the branding spotlight. They have reprised his image and locked-it…

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