Category Archives: Branding

Getting Political in Branding and Messaging

It used to be a much simpler world for brand development. The tough questions related to name, design, and color.  If you were launching a new tech company circa the early 2000s, you might wonder whether to include a swoosh with your … Continue reading

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United we Brand? Top Reads on Corporate Activism

Should CEOs speak out on social, civil and political issues?  Should brands take a stand? Back in the day (meaning just a few years ago) the answers were easier.  It was a more innocent time and easier for businesses to … Continue reading

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Just DON’T It: Brands Fight Culture Wars at their Peril

Should brands get involved in culture wars? E.g. some thought that Nike was very shrewd in hiring Colin Kaepernick as a brand ambassador.  He’s polarizing, but the bold move seemed to sync with their brand.  For the uninitiated, Kaepernick is … Continue reading

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Fostering Insurtech Success at GILS 2019

I enjoyed attending the Global Insurtech Leaders Summit – Insurtech Insights in NYC last week. The event featured two days of great sessions and panels led by startup and carrier execs, and journalists and investors. Insurtechs demonstrated their wares, and … Continue reading

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How to Become a Media Darling

This post originally appeared on Business2community Every startup wants to be the belle of the media ball. But what do you do if the press just aren’t biting? It’s all the worse if they’re lavishing attention on the competition. So … Continue reading

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How Stone Temple Kills it with B2B Marketing Videos

I first learned of Stone Temple and their great work in SEO and digital marketing through an acquaintance, and interviewed CEO Eric Enge for a post on Maximize Social Business awhile back.  Then, I met Mark Traphagen, who participated in … Continue reading

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Too Left Tweet: Brands Get Political at their Peril

via GIPHY The term “coffee break” took on new meaning this week as right-wingers smashed their Keurigs with baseball bats (the above GIF shows Jordan Klepper of The Opposition doing the same, as a spoof). The backlash came when Keurig … Continue reading

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See You at Social Tools Summit Next Week

I am very much looking forward to Social Tools Summit (#SocialTools17) in Boston next Wednesday, where I will be moderating a panel on branding and thought leadership. It is the third time I am participating, and am thrilled that Neal Schaffer … Continue reading

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4 PR Lessons From Comedy via Seinfeld and Stern

I’ve always been a big fan of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, and like to tell the story of how my friends and I were heckled by him in the 80s, before the eponymous TV show made Seinfeld a superstar. Four of … Continue reading

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Will Ad Tech Stumbles Drive More Budget to PR?

PR has always been the red-headed step child in the marketing mix, getting less attention, glamour and budget than advertising. But recent challenges may drive more brands to shift some ad spending to PR. Perhaps it’s already happening. A number … Continue reading

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