Branding

How This Brand Made You Feel You Needed Something You Already Have

Sari Gabbay | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Business
Sari Gabbay

With only a shoestring budget, Dollar Shave Club found a way to rise above the mega brands and connect directly with consumers. They shocked us, made us laugh, and made us feel cool. They had the balls to call us out if we even thought about going back to that lame, expensive razor that we've been using all along.

How to Keep Your Personal Brand True to You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

For some, the idea of building a personal brand feels a little, well, icky. You might wonder, How do you build a personal brand without feeling like you're selling your soul? Actually, selling your soul is exactly what you should do. Stick with me, here...

Keep Health Warnings Off Junk Food

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

The tendency for governments to increasingly regulate the advertising industry, whether in the name of consumer protection or for health concerns, is already on full throttle. After cigarette packs, don't be surprised if sooner or later you see plain bags of chips on the shelves of convenience stores, or plain-packaged chocolate bars. Politicians stand on a steep, slippery slope that could lead to private property and intellectual property violations, and destruction of brands. The economic consequences should be weighted carefully. And such policies backed by solid empirical data, not merely good intentions.

How to Get Over Getting Dissed

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

My wise self knows that I created my company to help people become their happiest and most authentic selves at work. I believe very firmly in being yourself, yet I questioned the value of my own authenticity at the slightest critique. The irony is not lost on me.

How to Prevent Social Media Disasters

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Given that 190 million tweets are posted daily and the average person in the U.S. spends 16 minutes of every hour on social media, any mistake your company makes in this area will likely be seen in real time and before it is "fixed." And odds are you will be called out on it minutes after that.

How to Get People to Care About Your Business

Elan Divon | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Business
Elan Divon

Imagine you're on a romantic date with your dream match. He or she looks incredible and has a stellar background; a high paying job at a respectable firm, solid values, impeccable style and similar interests to you. But there's one small caveat: You have no emotional connection. Zero chemistry. It's like you're talking to a dead fish! Well, you can forget about having a relationship.

Convincing Boomers That Social Media is an Important Communications Channel

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

We can't force anybody to love social media, and that's fine. But to dismiss it as a communications tool is to alienate an entire demographic -- who may very well be one of your target audiences -- and who will most certainly miss out on your key messages. Social media should be viewed as another tool in an organization's corporate communications/ marketing toolkit.

Does Your Brand Have a Crisis Management Plan?

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

Despite the importance of crisis preparedness in a 24 hour news cycle, many companies still don't have a crisis communications plan in place. Instead, they either hope one will never happen or figure they can "wing it" when a crisis eventually does occur. Simply put, not having a crisis plan in place is like playing Russian Roulette with your company's brand.

Five Easy Steps to Discovering Your Personal Brand

Bobby Umar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada
Bobby Umar

Words can be a powerful expression. So too can a personal brand be a powerful beacon for you and others. But most of all, each of you can be a leader. You just need to know who you are, know what you want and then ultimately make that positive impact with your brand, your promise and your legacy.

Three Examples of Contextual Advertising Done Right

Jeff Quipp | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

The Sochi Olympics, like other popular television viewing events (read: Oscars, Super Bowl) reinforced the importance and potential effectiveness of contextually relevant ads. Think of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion spot that went viral, or Proctor & Gamble's Thank You Mom commercial.

For Brands, It's A Small (And Strange) World After All

Mitch Joel | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

For every legitimate and corporately run group like Jeep's annual Jeep Jamboree adventure event and meet-up, you have groups like IKEA Hackers. Formed in May 2006 on a blog, this website is now full of passionate IKEA customers who build their own, unique, projects by modifying and repurposing IKEA products.

How to Become a Thought Leader

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

This Forbes article is spot on with its four tips to becoming a thought leader, as outlined below. But from a PR and social media perspective, let's look at how these recommendations fit.

What Content Marketing Can Do for You in 2014

Lisa Ostrikoff | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Business
Lisa Ostrikoff

There are various methods in which content marketing can work for businesses in virtually any industry, with the information provided in a variety of formats. You can either do this in-house, or hire professional content creators in a variety of mediums to do this for you. Here are some ideas that could work for you.

Three Ways to Win a Customer's Heart and Mind

MJ Gagnon | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
MJ Gagnon

The unique selling proposition (USP) is a concept that has evolved from a factual, externally focused message to one that is more holistic; it now has to touch and inspire your target audiences, whether it is your customers, employees, or partners. In our world, we believe it's the foundation for communications and a core capability of our firm.

Should Your Brand Try its Hand at Content Marketing?

Hana Abaza | Posted 12.24.2013 | Canada Business
Hana Abaza

Is content the future of marketing? Looks like it. But with all the hype surrounding branded content creation that is less self-serving and more useful, how are consumers feeling about brands that have chosen to go down this path?

The Future (According to Corporations)

Robert Bolton | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Business
Robert Bolton

Future scenarios should be thought of as being in perpetual draft form; they should be rewritten constantly and thought about critically -- always in the condition of workshopping. Questions about how things like new technologies ought to exist are matters of vital social consequence. They are political decisions; questions that we should all be engaging.

Baby, You Can Track My Online Activity

Mitch Joel | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Before you start lighting up those pitchforks and come after us marketers with a mix of mass hysteria and moral panic, take a look at your own online behavior and ask yourself, which scenario you prefer? Go to Amazon and start shopping (presuming you have been there before), and ask yourself, "what is the experience like?"

You are not your target audience

Sari Gabbay | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Business
Sari Gabbay

If there is one thing you can learn about marketing, it's that just because you create a service or product, and it came from your vision this does no...

Design Fictions: What Do Brands' Visions of the Future Look Like?

Robert Bolton | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Business
Robert Bolton

Design fictions today play out most often in the form of viral online videos produced by consumer electronics companies to promote a particular vision of the future, where, in a world characterized by bad ambient-pop music, the ubiquity of their products makes life better for everyone.

The Pageview Industrial Complex

Mitch Joel | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

It's hard to argue that most content-based webpages aren't all that annoying, but there is a cost for access and there is a cost for this content that must be paid by the consumers. Whether this is a paid-subscription model to underwrite the profitability of the business or ad-supported as the model, consumers have to accept that advertising and pageviews are going nowhere.

Yahoo's Billion Dollar Bet on Tumblr

Mitch Joel | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

If Yahoo can acquire sites like Tumblr and Hulu while pushing beyond their history of being a Web portal, spending a billion dollars on a platform like Tumblr and/or Hulu could well be the cheapest way for a company of that size and magnitude to not only save itself, but rebuild its brand reputation as a leader in the digital world.

Changing Your Brand Can Be Like Herding Cats

Mary Donohue | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

We've all heard the saying "It's like herding cats." As challenging as that might be, it's not much more difficult than building consensus with a global committee: everyone has a different view, and often a territorial approach to meetings. In fact, while herding cats is tough, creating a brand change in corporations may be even tougher.

Do You Suffer From Corporate Attention Deficit Disorder?

Nick Cowling | Posted 06.25.2013 | Canada Business
Nick Cowling

In a time where anyone with a smartphone can become a news aggregator or citizen journalist, corporations appear to following suit, and are coming down with a serious lack of continuity in their communications. I'm talking about how understanding what some companies are trying to stand for these days has become an impossible task.

SavvyMom Roundup: Strangers Slapping Babies?

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This past week was both busy and relaxing -- what with V-Day, a short work week and a four day weekend to keep the kids busy. Oscar shocking, strangers slapping babies and some great new snack ideas were all things that caught my attention this week.

One Single Mother's Rocket to Business Fame

Shannon Skinner | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Business
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg It was while working in brand marketing for packaged goods companies that Sandler, a single mother of four young children, felt there was a lack of the kind of market intelligence she desired, so she opened her own company...