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If You Want a Meaningful Brand, Make a Meaningful Impact

If You Want a Meaningful Brand, Make a Meaningful Impact

Being a Meaningful Brand The data is in, and to be a meaningful brand, you must make meaningful impact. It is inescapable. The most powerful and profitable brands – regardless of sector – are brands that enhance well-being and enrich peoples’ lives. The Center for Positive Marketing at Fordham University recently published “The V-Positive Report,” which ranks brands according to how they affect consumers along seven dimensions of human needs and wants. The dimensions of the study span from basic physical function to the capacity for building relationships. The most “V-positive” brand in 2015 was Google, and every member...
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Discourse Analysis: A Powerful Tool That Ensures Your Strategy’s Success

Discourse Analysis: A Powerful Tool That Ensures Your Strategy’s Success

Missing a Piece of the Picture A powerful brand strategy that drives business forward requires more than an understanding of what customers say motivates them to engage with your brand or your competitors. It requires understanding the larger cultural forces at play that shape those same motivations and comparisons. That’s where discourse analysis enters the conversation. For example, in our work with a major cyber security company, analyzing the discourses at play revealed shifts in the larger security conversations happening in our culture. We discovered we were moving from conversations of protection and attention, to those of proactive prevention and...
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Brand Campaigns Talk to the Heart During Olympics

Brand Campaigns Talk to the Heart During Olympics

We are an athletic bunch here at Emotive Brand – we are triathletes, marathoners and mountain bikers, just to name a few. So it’s not surprising when we gather round the lunch table each day that we’re talking about the Olympic games. And the inspiring accomplishments of the world’s best athletes. But aside from our passion for sport – and competition – we haven’t lost sight that we are in the branding business. And we’ve been paying close attention to the Olympics-inspired brand campaigns and the emotional themes that are resonating during the Games. The landscape has changed Official...
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Brand Strategy for Turbulent Times

Brand Strategy for Turbulent Times

Business Is in Flux Brand strategy matters now more than ever. Many businesses that we’re working with feel uneasy about the economic prospects of 2016. Financial markets are showing symptoms of waning and there is a general sense of slowdown. With dipping confidence and in anticipation of a burst in the “unicorn” bubble, VCs are shifting their funding to newer, lower cost ventures. It’s easy to get lost in a sea of ever-accumulating startups and it’s no longer a buyer’s market, and industries must adjust. Even outside of more volatile technology world, companies are rebranding and repositioning as a...
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Why We Believe in “Business Unusual”

Why We Believe in “Business Unusual”

Business as usual. Or business Unusual? Hugh McLeod gives us reasons to discuss. Image by Hugh MacLeod. Left to its own devices, a business becomes increasingly inward focused, process driven and obsessed with metrics. In the meantime, that business becomes less personally relevant and emotionally important to people who are vital to its success. To add to the problem, all this happens in a highly dynamic, fast advancing and quick changing environment. Which is why we agree with Hugh MacLeod: “business as usual is an oxymoron”. We urge our clients to look outward and into the future. We show...
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Brand Relevance Is The New Differentiation

Brand Relevance Is The New Differentiation

We believe brands need to stand out, not just by being different, but by being both personally relevant and emotionally important to people. We came across this statement by Elliot Schreiber, Ph.D on his blog “Brand and Reputation” that sums up the key difference between “differentiation” and “relevance”: Relevance is More Important than Differentiation: Business strategists, Marketers and brand managers have been fixated on differentiation. Customers, however, are drawn to relevance – the things that “connect with them emotionally”. As I explain to my students, differentiation is all the people you date; relevance is the one you marry because you cannot...
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