In SMPL Q+A, we interview Siegel+Gale practitioners on all things relevant to branding, design and simplicity. Here, we speak with Gabriele Zamora, senior strategist in naming and designer Ariel Duong about our engagement with Craft Contemporary, formerly known as the Craft & Folk Art Museum.
Pundits have been predicting cryptocurrency armageddon for years, and are broadly delighted now that they seem to have been proved correct. The gravity-defying success of cryptocurrency made traditional commentators look stolid and foolish. For years they’ve muttered darkly from the sidelines with a mixture of jealousy and contempt. Now they’re taking a great deal of satisfaction from watching the belle of the ball squirming in the mud.
Aside from airline status and global cuisine, the other perk of my job is observing how branding and marketing differ across the Pacific. And most fascinating to me these days is how Chinese businesses and brands are evolving worldwide.
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.
This article originally appeared on Media Post. When social media platforms first emerged, they embraced simplicity and were defined by the technology they used. The rules of Twitter were absolute: you had 140 characters or less to microblog, text only. Facebook was a directory that required a college email address to sign-up. This all seemed clear […]
In our latest podcast we take a deep dive into the results of our annual study and discuss the brands that are delivering simple experiences to drive loyalty and command a premium among consumers for their products and services.
Direct-to-consumer startups are simple, addictive, and sweet. They make conventional consumer goods chic and capture the millennial market with clean web design and viral subway ads. These brands are succeeding at things their competitors have chased for years. Their contemporary spin on marketing best practices helps them stand out to elusive younger audiences. For these companies, direct-to-consumer is more than a business model — it’s the foundation of their brand.
The landscape for merger and acquisitions, and spin-off and divestiture is heating up in virtually every sector and that brings the brand to the forefront of many executives’ minds. Aligning sales and marketing and keep the customer at the center of the enterprise can be a challenge in static environments, but it is even more challenging in the midst of a rebrand when the very moniker to which you refer to the company and who employees work for is changing.
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 Barbara Martin Coppola, Chief Digital Officer at IKEA Group.
A brand is more than a logo — it’s a promise. In today’s talent landscape, organizations must use the power of their internal brand champions to remain relevant in a competitive job marketplace. Today’s talent pool is different than previous generations, but what accounts for this transformation? Three major shifts have changed the way top talent navigates corporate America, leading to a rise in new demands on company culture, growth development and purpose.
At first glance, one might assume it’s a pretty great time to be a private equity firm right now. The market has been booming for the past decade and investment into private equity in major markets like Europe is at its highest level since 2007. Interest rates have been held low making borrowing cheap and easy, and there is a lot of “dry powder” about…$1.08trillion of the stuff to be exact.