Mergers, acquisitions and spin-offs challenge even the most reputable and profitable companies. According to KPMG research, almost 70 percent of such deals actually reduce shareholder worth or have no impact—even after companies have spent significant time and resources on finances, operations and logistics. Meanwhile, in the pressure-cooker process of getting a deal done, the impact on the surviving brand is often put on the back burner—or neglected completely.
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.
The rationale behind most high-profile acquisitions is usually evident – to bolster technological capabilities, integrate vertically or expand into new categories, among them. How do these acquisitions fit into a company’s existing brand architecture? Perry Lowder explores this relationship.
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 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.
In this episode of Brand Matters, Rana Brightman, director of strategy in London, discusses how to maintain a position of leadership in a world that’s increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain, while elaborating on the value of brand purpose.
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 David Srere, Co-CEO and Chief Strategy Officer at Siegel+Gale, on what entrepreneurs should know about brand. To all those scrappy entrepreneurs out there—here are some pointers.
Siegel+Gale’s research, developed in conjunction with SAP and Shift Thinking, and published in Harvard Business Review, suggests that digital brands operate and think differently from traditional brands. To explore this difference in mindset, this survey of 5,000 U.S. consumers asked them about 50 brands, both traditional and digital.
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 Leesa Wytock, senior director of experience, about our engagement with HMH.
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.