Download and subscribe to Simplicity Talks on iTunes. In our inaugural episode of Simplicity Talks, Robert Costelloe and Mitchell Kirkham-Cooper speak with John Matthews, strategy director for Europe, and Camilla Butcher, strategist in the Siegel+Gale London office. In this episode they address the following: Casual dining and those UK companies currently stuck in the meaningless middle […]
In this episode of Brand Matters, Ben Osborne, director of insights, EMEA, in London, discusses how brand owners can make the intangible tangible by focusing on brand contribution.
In a world where data has become a common denominator across business units, marketers have a new assignment: demonstrate the value of your brand and show your work. Finding the value of a brand is complicated but we have a methodology that makes it simple.
Merging brands is a process that requires changing the point of view and inviting customers into a new initiative. It is important for the process of a merger or acquisition to be done sensibly and methodically, while utilising the company’s marketing and brand management capabilities. Liana Dinghile, executive strategy and development director at Siegel+Gale, talks about success, challenges and communications within an M&A framework.
Behind every brand delivering simpler experiences for customers is a leader who recognizes the inherent value in keeping things simple. Here I interview leaders, often CMOs or CEOs, that we deem simplifiers. In this Simplifiers interview I speak with Diana O’Brien, CMO at Deloitte.
Brands of today need to group their efforts on delivering the best ‘return on creativity’ to fuel their performance. It’s impossible for a brand to rise above the noise without creative strategies to help them shine. The current renaissance of technology has created huge challenges for brands, but they have also created a playground for creativity. In a Middle East-first, the berries interviewed Howard Belk, to discuss his thoughts on the current state of global creativity and how can brands leverage it.
Mergers and acquisitions done right can offer companies tremendous opportunities for growth. They can also be a complicated, messy time for brands. Building an effective, merged business is a high-risk act of undoing existing assumptions—for employees, for customers, for investors, and others. In this time of flux, brand equity must be managed strategically, clearly and consistently.
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.
The thirst for innovation is fueled by a modern market of shiny new startups, disruptive technologies, and a shift in power to the consumer. Innovative companies achieve sustainable growth, renewed competitive advantages and ongoing customer relevance.
Today, a company’s logo is no longer a solitary symbol of a brand. Though the classic Coke cursive logo or Adidas’ iconic three stripes serve as critical brand recognition, other companies must consider how their logos will be used to represent their brands cross-medium. More specifically, companies must challenge the creative team responsible with developing their visual identity systems to produce a final product that is designed with strategic intent and inspired by uninhibited conceptualization.