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Innovation, whether homegrown or acquired by a merger or acquisition, can power the growth, positive change and value creation that companies covet to give them a competitive edge. Yet few understand innovation. It is both overhyped and often misused. Approaching it the wrong way can lead to disappointment. That’s why brand is so important in the innovation process, no matter the route to achieving.
In this episode of Brand Matters, Daniel K. Golden, Group Director of Strategy in New York, discusses how brands can be used as a leverage to drive innovation and business transformation, while also dispelling some common myths.
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.
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 Daniel K. Golden, group director of strategy in New York, about the advantages of a singular brand focus—concentrating on what your company does best.
In this Q&A, we speak with Dan Golden, senior strategy director, about the breadth of our work with the recently refreshed Wyndham Hotel Group brand.
In recent years, we’ve witnessed the emergence of a number of high-growth companies with valuations of more than $1 billion. These companies all originated from the desire to not only revolutionize their industries by reducing friction and innovating on customer experience, but also by making their names synonymous with what a strong brand can and should be.