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The Power of a Symbol in Brand Identity Design

Should your brand identity design include a symbol? Working on a project currently we have a client keen to steer the creative process of their brand identity design in the direction of a logotype, that is a brand mark made-up of the word only without…

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Amex Vs Visa – A battle of brand association

All brands have meaning in the minds of their market. Whether carefully and strategically considered or by default, all brands hold associated meanings in the minds of the market place. Well considered brands establish a competitive brand proposition (their brand strategy) with layers of meaning…

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Is Apple’s attempt to distance itself from China brand spin or brand craft

Apple’s ‘Made in China’ Brand Messaging Maybe I’m a little late to the party, but on the weekend I notices for the first time the small print on the back of my iPhone 6 which says: ‘Designed by Apple in California Assembled in China’. I…

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McDonalds Vs Burger King – A battle of brand association

All brands have meaning in the minds of their market Whether carefully and strategically considered or by default, all brands hold associated meanings in the minds of the market place. Well considered brands establish a competitive brand proposition (their brand strategy) with layers of meaning…

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Amnesty International – What do consumers really think about this Not for Profit Brand

All brands have associations – both positive and negative Whether carefully and strategically considered or by default, all brands hold associated meanings in the minds of the market place. Well considered brands establish a differentiated value proposition (their brand strategy) with layers of meaning to…

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Jeep leverages Batman Vs Superman brand association in first ad release

If you’ve got a positive brand association, flaunt it! Brand placements in feature films is big business. Brand owners like auto maker FCA who own Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands in the US market clearly see a Hollywood blockbusters as an A grade engagement…

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Toyota's brand image being tarnished by association with extremists

Unwanted Customer Loyalty Leads to Negative Brand Associations for Global Car Manufacturer Whether they like it or not, Toyota has been adopted as the car brand of choice for some of the most reviled extremists in the world. It seems every second image of ISIL…

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Trustworthy, Exciting, Sexy, Caring – Which Brands Own These Associations in the Minds of Consumers?

What Consumers Really Think About Brands We all carry associations that form the context for our relationships with the brands in our lives. There are brand relationships we inherited from our parents (often political, automotive and food), there are those we shared with our friends…

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Sandilands, Austereo and Twitter – brand association; being held accountable for the company you keep

Twitter continues to set the news agenda and prove how fast the message can spread and galvanise public debate. It also highlights the importance of monitoring and participating in the conversation about your brand and being ready to respond appropriately, particularly when you are caught…

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OPSM – Brilliant Brand Association

The Brand Sponsorship, Brand Communications Conundrum For many brands, the brand strategy question of sponsorship is a tough one – calculating the benefits to the brand is often an imperfect science. The only hard and fast rule for success is ‘be brilliant’.

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Fujitsu Brand Adrift

Fujitsu stranded in a sea of negative brand association Recently Fujitsu found itself in cold water when a hot air balloon was stranded in Port Philip Bay, in Australia’s southern city of Melbourne. The balloon, along with its ten passengers, originally landed on South Melbourne…

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adidas' Pinata Promo – Smashing Brand Design

Smashing Brand Communications Campaign Footware brand adidas spend more time than most thinking outside the box. And in this case the box is their take on the classic kids party game, the pinata. Teaming-up with sports shoe retailer Footlocker, adidas has put together an online…

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