• Branding,  Marketing

    Expert Insight: Social Media’s Role in Brand Development in Today’s Digital Age

    Recently, I had the opportunity to contribute to Brandon Diaz‘s thoughtful article about brand building in the digital age. Check it out below! Social media is one of the most essential tools in any marketer’s toolbox in terms of brand development in today’s digital age. I believe social media is THE platform for any company to grow their brand. On a daily basis, most individuals spend hours upon hours checking their different social media channels. Social media enables companies to place their brand and content in front of potential customers on the platforms they spend vast amounts of time on already, in order to communicate their message to their audience…

  • Beauty,  Branding

    Shiseido / Tory Burch co-op could be the crème de la crème of co-branding

    We’ve all heard the old adage, “Two heads are better than one.” I, for one, experienced the accuracy of this statement during grad school. Getting an outside opinion(s) almost always yielded a better outcome. Likewise, in many cases, two companies are better than one. Tory Burch and Shiseido are betting on that to be the case in their joint venture. On August 7th, the two brands announced that they would be entering upon a long-term partnership agreement which would give Shiseido the exclusive worldwide license to develop, market and distribute Tory Burch beauty products. The agreement will take effect on Jan. 1, 2020. The two brands have very different stories…

  • Branding,  Consumer behavior,  Marketing

    Why customer relationships should matter to marketers

    Consumer behavior dictates marketing strategies. It really is as simple as that. Fortunately for marketers, science shows that people are easily influenced at the subconscious level. With a little work, they can be persuaded at the conscious level if you can speak to their immediate pain points at the appropriate time in the customer’s journey. What companies do after they obtain their customers is even more important than the measures they took to reel them in. According to Rightnow Technologies, 73% of customers leave a brand because they are dissatisfied with customer service.

  • Branding,  Goal setting,  Marketing

    The end is the best place to begin

    Marketing is essentially telling your brand’s story. However, the way we tell stories has dramatically changed. Gone are the days of the 30-second television commercial. Marketers are now charged with conveying their brand’s message in 10-15 seconds, due to the shortened attention spans of consumers and increased competition for their attention.

  • Branding,  Consumer behavior

    The cost of confrontation

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the desire fulfillment aspect of the buying decision process. A friend told me about a time he went to a restaurant and, while he was highly dissatisfied with the food, service, and ambiance, he still shelled out $70 for an experience he deemed to be worth only $5. The cost of avoiding an unpleasant confrontation with the waitress and restaurant manager was valued at $65 for him on that given day.

  • Beauty,  Branding,  Design,  Marketing,  Marketing Communication

    Throw caution to the wind — buy the palette

    This week I did something some people would say is crazy. I bought an eyeshadow palette with a price tag of $125. But it’s not just any eyeshadow palette, it’s the latest offering from legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, the Mothership V. I share this Achilles heel with many other people who enjoy her brand. Pat McGrath Labs, the official name of her makeup line, is now worth over $1 billion…and it’s only three years old.

  • Brand Equity,  Branding

    Everyday is a good day to be a Packers fan

    On the brand hierarchy pyramid, the tip-top echelon is fanaticism. As a Wisconsin native, I immediately thought of Green Bay Packers fans, the ultimate sports fanatics. Not only do Packers fans, more affectionately known as Cheeseheads, fill Lambeau Stadium at every home game, but the Packers are also one of the top NFL teams to drive up the ticket prices of road games (by 46% more than face value!). The brand equity of the Packers is as solid as the frozen tundra they perform on.

  • Branding,  Design,  Marketing

    White space, the new frontier

    We live in a boisterous world. Our phones are continually chirping and chiming with the latest tweets, social media notifications and breaking news headlines. A fraction of these updates is useful or even necessary. Most are merely distractions that prevent us from being fully engaged with the things that are important. Yet the demands for our attention are constant. In our over-stimulated lives, free space is a luxury. As marketers, we can make this precious commodity available to our audience in the form of white space in our advertisements.


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