branding & brand loyalty

Ignoring This Five-Letter Word Can Spell Brand Messaging Doom

Want to know the brand messaging mistake that bedevils Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, again and again? It’s self-centeredness. Me, me, me. I, I, I. We do this. We provide that. We were established then. Blah, blah, blah. News flash: Your prospective customers don’t care about you; they care about themselves. They don’t care what you do; they care about what you’ll do for them. They don’t care about your success; they care about how you can make them a success. As well they should. It’s always curious, then, when a company’s first pass at a brand message is so narcissistic. But…

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Epic Skyfail: The Name’s Brand. Failed Brand.

  “Ready for some fun? Neither am I.” Saturday night at the Fatt Lipp household. Curl up on the sofa with the missus and cue up the quintessential popcorn movie: a James Bond flick. Ol’ reliable. When you sign on for a couple hours with Bond, you’re choosing a brand that has delivered unflagging consistency over five decades. We all know the brand attributes: Creative action scenes. Deadly doodads. Stunning cinematography. Memorable villain. Exotic locales. Equally exotic women. And that trademark sophisticated bemusement, even in dire circumstances. In short, a thrill ride on the screen. Sit back and enjoy the…

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