I recently discovered a new word that describes many branding initiatives in higher education today: Vanillacide. Continue reading “Committing brand ‘vanillacide’”
Happy Fiscal New Year to all whose budget year ends on June 30, which is many of us in higher education. Here’s a look back at this blog’s five most popular posts of FY17. Continue reading “Friday Five: Fiscal year favorites”
In the pantheon of great marketing minds, Jack Trout holds a lofty position. Which is appropriate, given his role in creating the branding and marketing concept known as positioning. Continue reading “Remembering Jack Trout, inventor of “positioning””
AdAge reports that Dick’s Sporting Goods has promoted its chief marketing officer Lauren Hobart to president. The appointment is “a rare move for retail,” writes AdAge’s Adrianne Pasquarelli, but not so uncommon for other sectors. “[A]s brands assign more responsibility and credibility to their top marketers, it’s becoming a more frequent trajectory.” Continue reading “From CMO to CEO: Could it work in #highered?”
In a few short days, the world will be awash in media hype to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was released on June 1, 1967. Frequently cited as the greatest album ever made , Sgt. Pepper’s is a pop culture touchstone that has influenced countless musicians over the past half century. The record’s golden anniversary has spawned several new books, a “super deluxe” album reissue, a new documentary about the Fab Four andeven a pretty hilarious mashup of the album with another pop culture icon, Star Wars.
A quick Friday Five this week: A potpourri of reads — on branding, media, advertising, work and self-improvement — that caught my attention: Continue reading “Friday Five: Random access reads”
One of my first aha! moments as a brand manager came years ago, by way of a book by Seth Godin called Purple Cow. That little book — still Godin’s best, in my opinion — hammered home a basic but essential theme for marketers: To be successful, businesses and their brands need to stand out among the competition.