Whatever void you hope to fill with a new product or service, you need a name. Otherwise there’s no way to pitch it, fund it, hype it, or even write home about it. Sure, you can put it off for a while and find some filler: Tom’s Thing or Project Pogo or Idea 7 or Disruption Opportunity or ‘Music App’. After all, before Yahoo, there was Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web. Before Google there was Backrub.
Simplicity Talks: a conversation exploring the issues and trends in the worlds of business and brand through the unique Siegel+Gale lens of simplic
Lloyd Blander is an expert at creating strategic designs and using them as effective marketing machines. Now a creative director at Siegel+Gale, he has worked with top clients such as American Express, Facebook and Microsoft, and lead campaigns of all sizes. He sat down with DesignRush to share where he finds his inspiration, how he motivates his team, and what businesses can do to ensure a successful partnership with a design or marketing company.
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 Joseph Pack, strategy analyst, about brand experience and the evolving role of augmented reality.
In a world where data has become a common denominator across business units, marketers have a new assignment: demonstrate the value of your brand and show your work. Finding the value of a brand is complicated but we have a methodology that makes it simple.
Merging brands is a process that requires changing the point of view and inviting customers into a new initiative. It is important for the process of a merger or acquisition to be done sensibly and methodically, while utilising the company’s marketing and brand management capabilities. Liana Dinghile, executive strategy and development director at Siegel+Gale, talks about success, challenges and communications within an M&A framework.
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 Diana O’Brien, CMO at Deloitte.
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.
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 Douwe Bergsma, CMO at Georgia-Pacific.
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.