This article originally appeared on Brand Experience Magazine.  Words are tools. We invent them, collect them, employ them to build meaning and communicate the meaningful to others. We are taught how to use our words most effectively and persuasively from a very young age. We call it rhetoric. And one of our earliest and most … Continued

Gabriele Zamora

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Why metaphors make powerful brand names

This article originally appeared on Brand Experience Magazine.  Words are tools. We invent them, collect them, employ them to build meaning and communicate the meaningful to others. We are taught how to use our words most effectively and persuasively from a very young age. We call it rhetoric. And one of our earliest and most … Continued

Gabriele Zamora

The pace of innovation, with its ceaseless introduction of new products, services, channels and markets, has radically altered how we approach design. Visual identity development was once thorough, deliberate and based on the premise that a brand’s identity should be enduring. However, the social media imperative—to interact with customers in real time—and declining marketing budgets have shortened timelines and required that once-sequential work streams run in parallel. Both the way we execute on design engagements and how we conceive the role design plays in telling brands’ stories are in various stages of revision. Let’s look at five ways design needs to deliver in 2018 to create successful brand identity.

Anne Swan

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Five ways to create successful brand identity

The pace of innovation, with its ceaseless introduction of new products, services, channels and markets, has radically altered how we approach design. Visual identity development was once thorough, deliberate and based on the premise that a brand’s identity should be enduring. However, the social media imperative—to interact with customers in real time—and declining marketing budgets have shortened timelines and required that once-sequential work streams run in parallel. Both the way we execute on design engagements and how we conceive the role design plays in telling brands’ stories are in various stages of revision. Let’s look at five ways design needs to deliver in 2018 to create successful brand identity.

Anne Swan

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.

Christian Turner

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10 considerations when naming your business

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.

Christian Turner

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.

Lloyd Blander

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Creative Director Lloyd Blander on design inspiration and motivation

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.

Lloyd Blander

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.

Margaret Molloy

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Measuring brand value: A methodology that makes it simple

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.

Margaret Molloy

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.

Liana Dinghile

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Liana Dinghile discusses the recipe for success in M&A

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.

Liana Dinghile

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.

David B. Srere

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Winning with M&A: 6 questions to unlock brand potential

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.

David B. Srere

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.

Howard Belk

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The pivotal role of creativity in brand building: Q&A with Howard Belk

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.

Howard Belk

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.

Siegel+Gale

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What impact do acquisitions have on brand architecture?

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.

Siegel+Gale

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.

Nancy Hansell

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Three key factors necessary for a successful M&A

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.

Nancy Hansell