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.
In this SMPL Q&A we speak with Nancy Hansell, strategy director, and Austyn Stevens, creative director, about our engagement with GroundTruth (formerly xAd), a global location technology company that drives results with real data.
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.
Five of the top 20 US advertisers, which collectively make up approximately 7.5% of US ad spend, have stopped partnering with Google, resulting in a $750 million loss. This type of financial impact calls for rapid change and innovation. Siegel+Gale’s brand experts offer their opinions on brand safety in the era of programmatic advertising.
Siegel+Gale collaborated with DXC on nearly every aspect of brand development: from overarching strategy to brand architecture, identity, messaging and activation. In this SMPL Q&A we speak with Matt Egan, senior director, strategy and Anne Swan, group creative director, about our engagement.
BRAND BUILDING is a blog feature in which our experts present an in depth POV on topics ranging from branding to design and simplicity. In this edition Shannon Deep, senior communications strategist, discusses what B2B companies can learn from their B2C counterparts when it comes to brand voice.
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.
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 naming strategies one might take after a merger, acquisition or spin-off.
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.