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The Confounding Trend of Bland Branding

Where has all the brand personality gone? Call me old and grumpy, but there’s an emerging trend in brand identity design that has got my goat – the growing popularity of simple, type only brand marks. As a branding agency that breathes, eats and sleeps…

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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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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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Marketing with meaning: Creating brand connections

As a marketeer I have recently started to notice the increase in meaningful marketing and the extent to which brands are seeking to create meaningful experiences that consumers can connect with and move people emotionally. Thank goodness, a change has been in the air for…

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#wegetyou – a Campaign speaking the language of Gen Viz

Gen Viz speak their own (very visual) language. The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, is a US nonprofit dedicated to reducing substance abuse among adolescents. In 2015 they developed this campaign to raise awareness of what they do and connection with their audience. Yes the campaign…

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The 2017 Colour of the year is… Greenery.

Setting the colour trend for 2017 Annually global colour standard; Pantone release their trend prediction for the colour of the year, a color that reflects the current cultural climate. The colour of the year is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we…

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The 4 critical numbers to understanding changing consumer behavior for brands

Customer Evolution – The Important Numbers for the Future of Retail Brands Recently I attended a presentation on Global Trends in Retail put on by PWC. One of the speakers was Dr Violet Lazarevic from Monash Business Schools ‘Australian Consumer, Retail, and Services’ Research Unit…

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A sneak peek at a virtual reality fueled future for brands

Does virtual reality present the next big challenge for brands? Could life get any busier? We’re already bombarded by thousands of messages – brand/news/social every hour. Will the brave new world of hyper, virtual reality make our life simpler, or even more cluttered? The promise…

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Key Trends in Brand Identity Design for 2015

The Critical Role of Trends for Visual Identity Designers Each year Bill Gardener outlines what he sees as the key trends in brand identity design. As the founder of online logo site www.logolounge and the spin-off publications of logo collections, As do we, Bill spends…

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'The Future of Connected Life' – An invaluable report for brand owners from the people at PSFK

Brand Trends Are Not Created Equal One of the biggest drivers of change in the way we live our lives (digital connectivity) explored by one of the best groups of thinkers on the planet (PSFK). PSFKs ‘The Future of Connected Life’ report provides a guide…

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3 Key Millennial Trends that are defining 2014

The very clever guys at Brandhook have put together the trends they see as defining the Millennial generation. Trend 01. Sharing is Caring Millennials are spearheading the shift towards a ‘Sharing economy’, driven by a push away from conspicuous consumption and made possible by their…

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