Why branding’s worst enemy may be advertising

“Let’s just get the ad concept right, then we’ll add the branding to it.” “We’ll write the tag lines after the ad concepts are done.” “Branding is more of a collective, long-term goal; advertising is for the here and now.” These are verbatim quotes from ad agencies with which I […] keep reading

How to begin branding: 5 tips to get started

Is branding a mystical experience? An occult practice that only an oracle can divine? Not at all. More than anything else, branding is a discipline—a series of rituals that, once honored, leads to your brand’s best destiny. Every successful brand and branding expert should know these rituals, but I’m continually […] keep reading

Pharma brand TV ads should die a quick death

Unlike consumer-goods branding, healthcare branding is not a celebration of self. People don’t engage with healthcare brands to shape their identity. “Look, I got a new Dior bag…a new BMW…a cool brand of beer.” Healthcare branding is a protection of self, helping to restore aspects of one’s identity lost to […] keep reading