When companies approach branding firms like Siegel+Gale for guidance on merging two corporate or product brands, the request is typically for us to develop a name, logo, endorsement strategy and story for the new merged entity. In many cases, however, it’s not the right move to simply create and launch a new brand identity overnight. Merging brands is a process. It’s about transitioning equity, shifting perceptions and migrating customers.
Mergers and acquisitions are big business. With a record 3.2 trillion in M&A expected in 2018*, it’s not surprising that companies devote most of their attention and resources to the financial, operational and logistical components of a merger or acquisition. Focusing on the implications of how the merger or acquisition will affect the brand is less tangible, and therefore often put on the back burner or just plain neglected. Ultimately, that can be a costly mistake.
At a time when consumers expect the brands they buy to simultaneously represent what they believe in and deliver on their brand promise, how will you demonstrate your solidarity?
SMPL Q&A is a blog feature in which we interview experts on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. In this Q&A we speak with Toby Marks, associate strategist, about how to design a compelling brand experience.
Behind every brand delivering simpler experiences for customers is a leader who recognizes the inherent value in keeping things simple. In this Simplifiers interview, I speak with Nick Ragone, SVP – Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Ascension.
SMPL Q&A is a blog feature in which we interview experts on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. In this Q&A we speak with Jeff Lapatine, strategy director, about brand migration strategies for APAC brands.
For nearly 50 years, Siegel+Gale has been in the business of building the world’s most iconic brands—often, in times of change. With an uncertain political climate, technology accelerating the need for business change and an ever-increasing demand for simpler brand experiences, companies across the board were reevaluating their approach in 2016. We want to share some of the many ways we enable our clients and partner agencies to touch customers every day during the moments that matter.
When the cyclical oil and gas industry experiences a global downturn, there’s a lot of uncertainty. How do we manage production? Where can we cut costs? When will prices return? Analysts predict, but nobody knows. In all of the complexity, there’s one thing we can count on—consolidation is inevitable.
Examining sporting successes and failures, Philip Davies, president of EMEA, talks about the importance of leadership, cohesiveness and clear objectives when building a brand.
Margaret Molloy speak to the fact that, although branding questions may not initially seem urgent, constant curiosity about brand is a key to unlocking M&A business value.
SMPL Q&A is a blog feature in which we interview experts on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. In this Q&A we speak with Anne Swan, executive creative director, about the iterative nature of B2B branding today.