Trade wars, emission limits and competition from technology companies have all contributed to what is now a complex automotive landscape – and these factors have seen two-thirds of automotive brands slide down the rankings of our annual study, The World’s Simplest Brands. However, against this context Honda has improved eight places.
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 […]
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.
Today, we announced that Netflix has been named the World’s Simplest Brand in our annual study based on a survey of more than 15,000 people worldwide.
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.
A merger or acquisition is one of the largest shifts a business can undergo. It is a pivotal cultural, operational and financial inflection point that redefines a company’s business as well as its brand.
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.
This article originally appeared on brand-e. The futurist Ray Kurzweil, a modern Nostradamus, predicted that essential advances in digital pattern recognition and knowledge representation — the key components of intelligence — will make artificial intelligence possible and then commonplace. He argues “the age of intelligent machines” will change all aspects of society as we know it. That technology is […]
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 Global CMO and Head of Business Development, Margaret Molloy, about the evolving role of the CMO. In what ways would you say the role of the CMO has changed the most in the […]