Here are ten resolutions for leaders of challenger brands, to help guide your success in the new year and beyond. [Read more…]
Why is consumer trust of marketers at an all-time low?
Because, in part, of crap like this. [Read more…]
J.K. Rowling is a hack.
I don’t believe that, but some people do. Devotees of Hemingway think she uses too many adverbs, probably. And some call her stories “derivative.”
Many, many others love Rowling’s vividly imaginative worlds and the lessons of her stories. More than a few people even have Harry Potter tattoos. And, as Roy Peter Clark notes, Rowling’s gift for naming characters is virtually unparalleled.
Some people also hate Black Panther, or Rothko, or the Clash.
So: Your work could be adored by millions, but someone will still dislike it, perhaps loudly.
You can’t please everyone. But whatever you’re working on, it’s not for “everyone.” And if you can delight, serve or move even a small number of people, you will have done more than most.
There are no statues that honor critics. Don’t let the naysayers stop you from creating something for those that do care.
About Matthew Fenton: Matthew helps challenger brands to focus, grow and win. Since founding his consultancy, Three Deuce Branding, in 1997, he’s helped hundreds of brands to achieve “brand clarity.” His consulting services and speaking engagements help brands to focus on what matters through positioning, strategy and ideation. Contact Matthew here. He calls Chicago home.
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There’s a terrific scene in the movie “Big,” in which Paul, the rival of Tom Hanks’ Josh, shares his silver-bullet idea for the upcoming year.
In the spirit of toys that transform, it’s a robot that turns into a… building.
“I don’t get it,” Josh famously says. “There’s a million robots that turn into something. This is a building that turns into a robot. What’s fun about playing with a building? That’s not any fun!”
“This is a skyscraper!” Paul insists. [Read more…]
This is not a suggestion or an empty mantra. It’s one of the very few brand-building imperatives I’ll propose to you.
As a leader of a challenger brand, you’re starting from behind, and with fewer resources than your competitors. And limited resources must be focused if they are to have maximum impact.
Here are five important ways you can be selective: [Read more…]
If growing your brand is among your priorities, at some point you’ll face a choice:
Would you rather grow rapidly, even if it means sacrificing the quality of your experience?
Or would you rather grow more slowly, while maintaining or improving the quality of your experience?
In other words: If you had to choose, would you rather be bigger or better? [Read more…]
Your brand is not your logo.
Your brand is not your website.
Your brand is not your color scheme.
These are elements of your brand. But they’re not your brand. [Read more…]
In this case, advertising imitates art.
AdWeek reports that Heinz has approved ads that were originally presented on the TV series Mad Men.
In season 6 of that show, set in 1968, Don Draper pitches a series of print ads to Heinz execs. The ads are novel in that they don’t show ketchup at all – only foods that are wanting it. As Don tells the Heinz execs, “The greatest thing you have working for you… is the imagination of the consumer.” [Read more…]
It’s easy to sit on the sidelines, lobbing grenades at those who have done the work and put something out there.
I’m guilty of this myself at times. I do my best to frame the mistakes of others as lessons for the rest of us, though sometimes I can’t resist making a dig at the truly awful stuff. It’s not like there’s a shortage of bad branding out there.
But focusing only on the negative won’t make you a better leader. And it doesn’t work as a philosophy of life. [Read more…]
Here’s a statistic that I wouldn’t believe had I not measured it myself: 100% of my friends are excellent drivers.
I’m serious. You can ask them. Better yet, ask your friends for their assessments of their own driving skills. You’ll probably record a similar number.
I can find you a bunch of statistics like this.
In one survey of university faculty, over 90% rated themselves “above average” in terms of teaching ability. That’s right – 90% of these professors placed themselves in the top 50%. [Read more…]