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Nike puts brand values first with Kaepernick campaign

Are brand values are more important than brand value? Nike this week rolled out their 30th anniversary ‘Just do it’ campaign featuring the ex 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In a move that will define the brand for the future, Nike have made an incredible brave move.…

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Is Harley trashing their brand in an effort to stay relevant?

Harley focuses on product development and growth but disregards its long held brand beliefs As a brand strategist I have often admired and held up Harley Davidson as great example of a powerful brand. Not because I own or want to own a Harley (so…

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Consumer activism; a powerful vehicle for change

Now more than ever consumers are turning their everyday purchases into a form of protest or demonstration of ideology to create change, sending strong signals to brands by using their purchasing choices as votes. How a brand produces and delivers its goods and who they…

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Smells Different. Demeter leverages the romance of everyday experiences.

Fragrance brand bucks category norms to standout in highly competitive fragrance category. Demeter continues to defy the age old art of using sex, glamour and mystique to sell fragrance. Instead, the brand uses everyday experiences as their inspiration. The US fragrance company has just released…

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How will our favorite brands leave the world for future generations?

I recently had the once in a lifetime experience of seeing David Attenborough in Melbourne and hearing him the has left me feeling touched, moved and inspired and wondering what role brands can play in protecting the natural world for generations to come. David Attenborough…

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Volley roots for change and outplays them all

Grass Roots campaign clearly differentiates and revives the brand Iconic Australian footwear brand Volley’s ‘grassroots’ campaign is doing wonders for the brand. Until recently, Volley was perhaps one of those brands that you might have questioned whether it still existed. Not any more. Volley are…

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Patagonia continues to differentiate by living their brand beliefs

While most brands were trying to compete with the biggest discounts to standout over the Black Friday weekend, Patagonia continued to use its brand to guide true differentiation. Black Friday, Cyber Monday combine to be one biggest consumer shopping events of the year and it’s…

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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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Brand clarity and flexibility the secret to scaling boutique luxury

By its nature, a boutique brand built on super relevant experiences is intrinsically linked to one location. Brand and independence are often at odds, but W Hotels seems to have cracked the code of how to scale luxury experiences and having a clearly defined brand…

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Brand Book, An illustrated guide to life inside Microsoft

Microsoft commissioned Hugh MacLeod to create an Illustrated guide to life inside Microsoft. The awesome illustrations and the messages behind them are a great digital example of a brand book of beliefs.

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Etsy prepares to test its belief system with IPO

If global craft market Etsy goes public this year it will be an interesting test to see how the brand can balance their explicit social mission with shareholder revenue expectations. Founded in 2005, Etsy, is like the handmade and craft version of Ebay. It’s an…

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GAP brand belief inspires Dress Normal campaign

In creating, shaping and reshaping brands we often stress the importance of building a solid belief system. While beliefs are primarily intended to guide and direct internal audiences, they can also play a powerful role in inspiring external communication as GAP shows us in their…

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