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STORIES speak to your heart

No matter your age, stories capture your heart – they’re a universal language

 

“The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: artists, inventors, storytellers-creative and holistic ‘right-brain’ thinkers.”

~ Daniel Pink, author
Undressing Victoria’s Secret Branding: trading up to create a New Luxury brand

Undressing Victoria’s Secret Branding: trading up to create a New Luxury brand

Let’s uncover a few truths. Great lingerie can make a woman feel sexy. And you’ll pay (often a lot) to be part of that story. But it wasn’t always that way. A single brand elevated the price and position of intimate apparel, to unprecedented heights. Who was it and how did they do it? The third article in this series on Luxury Branding, explains how a single brand tapped the ‘trading up’ phenomenon to establish a New Luxury brand and built a big-money empire.   Think back. In the 50s and...

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Luxury Branding and the Macaron Effect:  why we covet luxury and the way it makes us feel

Luxury Branding and the Macaron Effect: why we covet luxury and the way it makes us feel

A French macaron could be considered a luxury item. You choose to eat one, you don’t need to. They’re difficult to make – it’s practically an art. Perfect ones, are made by master pastry chefs, in specialist patisseries. Then there’s the way they make you feel – you know, special. That’s what really makes you buy one, isn’t it? The second in this series on Luxury Branding, explores the feelings evoked by luxury items and how they motivate your purchases.   Before the macaron, there was...

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History, Hallmarks and Habits of Luxury Brands: the iconic markings of great luxury brands

History, Hallmarks and Habits of Luxury Brands: the iconic markings of great luxury brands

Since time immemorial, our attitude to gold and silver has been inexplicable. Of the 118 elements in the periodic table, both metals are chemically boring and have few special qualities. And yet… for the last 5,000 years they’re the ones we’ve tended to use for personal adornment and currency. Why? They’re valuable. They’re also storied, scarce and special – like every luxury brand. Part of a series on Luxury Branding, this article explains the hallmarks of a traditional luxury brand and how...

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The Taylah Swift Method of Brand Domination

The Taylah Swift Method of Brand Domination

She’s a branding superstar … dressed as a popstar. Why? Well it’s hard not to notice the impossibly perfect red lipstick. Then comes the obvious talent and fashionista looks. But it’s the loyal relationship she’s built with her fans, that makes her a brilliant businesswoman.   Yes, we’re talking Taylor Swift. And it’s all true. Her bigheartedness and obsession with surprising her fans – the Swifties – is in large part responsible for her swift (pardon the pun) path to world domination. At...

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Batman Branding for Remarkable NFPs – Part 3: Evolving Your Brand? Then Build Your Brand Mythos

Batman Branding for Remarkable NFPs – Part 3: Evolving Your Brand? Then Build Your Brand Mythos

He’s seventy-eight. And one of the most iconic characters ever created. But it wasn’t by accident. Since his debut in 1939, Batman’s mythos has evolved and transcended his comic book birthplace. He now features across every media platform – print, digital, TV, movies, gaming – and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone, of any generation, who doesn’t know him. This final article explains how the Batman brand has evolved and become a legend of brand storytelling.   What makes a brand great?...

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Batman Branding for Remarkable NFPs – Part 2: Know What’s at Risk for Your Customers

Batman Branding for Remarkable NFPs – Part 2: Know What’s at Risk for Your Customers

Heroes and villains. Batman and Bane. On the bell curve of all people, they’re the outliers, the extremes. Which one is your NFP? Most people would say the former… but how were the people of Gotham inspired? Who gave them the right story and reason – the one that changed them from bystanders to participants? The second of three articles explains the different ways Batman and Bane evoked the people of Gotham City and how, for your NFP to do the same, you need to ask-and-answer four questions…...

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Batman Branding for Remarkable NFPs – Part 1: Rediscovering the WHY of Your Brand

Batman Branding for Remarkable NFPs – Part 1: Rediscovering the WHY of Your Brand

The Dark Knight. The Caped Crusader. The Winged Avenger. No matter the name, there’s no superhero like Batman. His origins are human and he has no superpowers, but he fights for what he believes and wins our hearts.  So why do we love him? Simple. He knows his calling. This, the first of three articles, explains how your NFP brand can be remarkable – like Batman – by truly knowing (and owning) your purpose.   Batman knows his beginnings. All too well. His alter ego, Bruce Wayne, describes...

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