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Why a Branding Strategy Blog?

At The Blake Project we help organizations achieve brand insistence, using proven brand strategy techniques to create robust brands that build and sustain trust. Branding Strategy Insider is the global thought leader in brand strategy and brand education and is an extension of our efforts to help marketing oriented leaders and professionals build tangible brand equity. Through thought pieces from some of the world’s leading brand thinkers we strive to promote debate and conversation about the value and role of brand in today’s businesses, offer a 360-degree perspective of the rapidly evolving discipline of brand strategy, and advance the discipline of brand management.

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Brand Perceptions

How Brand Perceptions Are Formed In The Mind

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How Brand Perceptions Are Formed In The Mind

Some years ago, I hosted a blind tasting beer party where everyone voted for their favorite and least favorite beers from a collection of microbrews and mainstream brands. Although there was no clear winner, there was definitely an outright loser. 

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Brand Strategy

The Role Of Brand Strategy In Volatile Times

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The Role Of Brand Strategy In Volatile Times

Ever since the global financial crisis, global markets seem to have become more volatile. Oil prices rise and crash; China’s growth soars and slides. When market dynamics are this dramatic, how should you look to effectively develop a brand? Do you go with the ebb and flow, or act as a beacon of constancy?

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Brand Purpose

Brand Debate: Focus On Product Or Purpose?

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Coca-Cola Brand Strategy Taste The Feeling

Coke’s new campaign direction feels like a push back towards product-focused advertising. The decision to move away from the more abstract concept of happiness towards a campaign that focuses much more specifically on the taste and the bottle begs the question: are marketers trying to be too clever? Have we forgotten that we’re here to sell?

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Brand Storytelling

Strategic Brand Storytelling Workshop

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Strategic Brand Storytelling Workshop

Narrative structure. Audience engagement. Character development. These terms once lived solely in the arts. In the films and plays we watched, the books we read. But today, they’re central to brand marketing success in a changing world where marketing channels have become much more dynamic and the consumer is seeking relevant content in all marketing touchpoints.

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Brand Storytelling

Originality Holds The Power In Brand Storytelling

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 Originality Holds The Power In Brand Storytelling

Originality is hard. It’s hard to create, hard to adhere to and hard to indoctrinate into a system so it becomes method more than miracle. But as audience members of any story, we respond to originality with vigor. Original stories, or familiar stories told originally, stick with us long after conventional stories fade.

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