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A Brand Icon: Coke bottle still in great shape 100 years later!

The building of a brand icon “When Andy Warhol wanted a shape to represent mass culture, he drew the [Coca Cola] bottle and when Volkswagen wanted to celebrate the shape of the Beatle, they compared the car to the bottle.” Excerpt from the Coca Cola Journey™: Celebrating 100 years of the Coca-Cola bottle. How has the […]

Visual Identity

Visual Identity: which brands are making it real?

As Visual Identity ambassadors, we examine the marketing data we collect through every filter imaginable; we look at trends and we anticipate shifts. We sort and analyze the information to death and it’s important that we do. What we’re doing is looking for truths, looking for what’s real and what resonates with consumers. But as […]

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Viral Marketing: Is your content crazy contagious?

Does your marketing message or social media share need to go viral to be effective? How much momentum needs to be behind it? Viral Marketing; we see it fairly regularly — content goes “viral”. It captures people’s imagination and spreads rapidly. Sometimes it continues to spread long after it’s posted, even years after. If your […]

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Creating Creative: A matter of trust.

Clients who are involved in the client agency relationship do not realize that they have a direct impact on the creative their agency produces. We hear so much about agencies and their creative prowess and how ‘the creative’ talent establishes its reputation. But there’s hardly any mention of the trust factor and how that directly impacts the […]

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Social Media Brand Trust: The Pitfalls and Realities of Earning It.

Have brands achieved brand trust through their social media communities? Is the race over? It seems that we only blinked, but most of us in marketing can now say social media as a platform has been around for a considerable time. Over the last decade if not longer, brands have actively participated in the race […]

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Stop Selling. Start Sharing. It’s what social media is all about.

If you think social media is about selling, think again. If you think social media is about selling, think again. Advertising is about selling. Social media is about sharing: sharing your expertise by positioning yourself or your business as the expert. After all, you are the expert, right? As the expert, your role is to […]

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Is Your Social Media Commitment Killing Productivity?

A company without a social media presence is almost unheard of today. Consumers expect brands to be on social media. New Social Media Research Shows What People Expect from Brands. Are you prepared for the commitment? Are you making the time or do you begrudge the time spent on creating and maintaining a social media […]

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YIKES! Is that a typo? Trash typos before they trash you.

Typo: Abbreviation for typographical error. AKA fat-finger syndrome. Typos are not necessarily the same as spelling errors. In marketing and advertising, we often refer to a spelling error as a typo, but typos are not necessarily the same as spelling errors. The term “typo” originated with the mechanical process of typesetting. You may know how to spell a […]

Social Media Responses

Tread Carefully! Your Social Media responses are content too!

When someone comments on content in your Social Media post, your response to that comment is as important as the original content you posted. Tread carefully! Your Social Media responses are content too! Sharing expertise, providing information and responding are at the core of Social Media. Sharing expertise, providing information and responding are at the core of […]

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Lifelong learning: In marketing it’s a must!

“On the Journey of Learning.” I saw this tagline (above) on a big yellow school bus passing me on the highway through Toronto. It’s a beautiful line. Learning is a journey. If we’re open to it and up for the adventure, it can be a tremendously satisfying lifelong learning journey, with plenty of personal benefits, besides the […]

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