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Brand Reviews – Fake, Real or Simply Enticed

Last week ‘The Age’ newspaper reported that Australia’s largest home builder Metricon is suing a product review website for publishing misleading reviews about its main competitor without disclosing they were solicited as part a promotion to win an iPad mini.

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Brand Australia, yes we can.

Business Council of Australia makes sense. Yes, Brand Australia is a hobbyhorse of mine (see links below). It is one brand that we all have a vested interest in building.

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Pacific Brands Leadership Changes a Reminder of Innovation Challenges

A couple of weeks ago we witnessed the demise of the CEO of Pacific Brands, because according to media reports, he and the Board did not share the same vision for the business.

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Apple Brand’s Appetite for the Environment and Sales

It is a fabulous initiative that Apple will allow its Australian customers to trade in their iPhones and iPads for credit towards new models. 

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Asylum Seeker Attitude leaves Australian Brand Overboard

If you live in Australia you cannot have missed the harsh realities of the manic hardline approach the Government has adopted towards asylum seekers, attempting to reach Australian shores by boat. I will not attempt to summarise what has been occurring, but at every level…

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Where are brands adding meaningful happiness?

Last week I mentioned my recent trip to Nepal and Bhutan to conduct entrepreneur workshops for young people in those two countries. 

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48 Hours to Market

Shorten the time frame for brand action I have just had the privilege of returning from a two-week visit to Nepal and Bhutan running a series of entrepreneur workshops. The program is a result of a number of fellow EO members coming together and forming…

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Harley Davidson on an interesting segmentation ride

Bad Ass or not. Harley Davidson are about to launch two new motorcycles models in US, targeted firmly at the female rider.

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Brand Storytelling should evolve not stall

Wine brands are the masters of storytelling – reclaim it! Last weekend The Age newspaper ran an article by Ralph Kyte-Powell advocating that wineries are rediscovering the value of a great story and a name.

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Counter intuitive thinking a power platform in creativity

Ideas To Give Away Springwise recently ran an article about a fantastic site called ‘Ideas To Steal. Today’. The guys from who developed this site were stimulated by the thought that a lot great ideas never get up.

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Power of the collective in retail branding

Urban Outfitters delivers an idea for Myer Urban Outfitters have developed a concept store that would work particularly well for Myer at some of its stores. In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, they have a concept store called Space Ninety 8.

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Retail Brand Theatre Is A Differentiator

Is a cost mindset killing the theatre? With all the focus recently on department store David Jones receiving a $2.15 billion takeover offer from South African retailer Woolworths, it has again raised questions around the future of department stores.

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