Category Archives: Branding

German insurer offends Maori culture

The German insurance provider ARAG  has used the traditional Haka warrior dance of New Zealand’s Maori, fueling hefty criticism in social media. Criticism on ARAG’s YouTube channel (check the comments below the video) as well as later on on Facebook and Twitter labelled the ad as inappropriate cultural appropriation, some even claimed it to be evidence for “typical”… Read More »

How Dove ruined its image by offending its most loyal fans

“Discover how we reaffirmed our commitment to beauty confidence with 6 exclusive bottles, that celebrate bodies of all shapes and sizes.” This was the starting point for Dove’s latest campaign in the UK. But while Dove (part of Unilever) in the past had become everybody’s darling in the branding and marketing society, this campaign eventually backfired – offending… Read More »

Loading your Brand with Emotions & Politics – Heineken vs Pepsi

If you closely follow the advertising world you might have seen the shit-storm that overcame Pepsi earlier this month following the launch over a campaign that meant to align Pepsi with the political #resistance movement in the US. The PR disaster for Pepsi evolved out of a on only half-hearted approach to political themes – as there really is no political… Read More »

Domino’s Pizza – Turning a Brand Around

Currently Domino’s Pizza is one of the hottest (!) brands in the food business. It is financially outperforming tech companies such as Amazon and Facebook, is venturing into the robot business and has recently been applauded for crafting a “brand icon” similar to Apple or Google. And that all after going through some really tough times – both financially… Read More »

Managing a Country Brand

My role as head of public diplomacy involves work on “country branding”  – so basically developing a country brand that enables the country’s businesses and organizations to be more successful in the international marketplace, but also projecting a more holistic national identity with cultural, business, education and many more elements. I recently came across an article by John… Read More »

Why Projects need Brands

By accident I recently came across an article that I have first read a few years ago, published in MIT Sloan Management Review. And I still find the core idea a very current one: how project management can benefit from brand management. The basic idea is that there is a market for projects inside any larger institution and… Read More »

“Fighting for a Reputation”

CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, with its “Marketplace” program recently had a lab analyze chicken meat and strips cooked in popular fast-food chains. Subway meat, the report indicated, showed significant amounts of non-chicken DNA, instead up to  50 percent from soy. Chicken from other fast-food chains, such as McDonald’s and Tim Hortons, did not have such high levels of plant DNA.… Read More »

Top 100 Companies by Reputation in 2017

The Reputation Institute (RI) yesterday announced the company’s annual Global RepTrak® 100 rankings. Based on over 170,000 ratings collected in the first quarter of 2017, the survey is the largest corporate reputation study of its kind, and includes comparative ratings, trends by demographic cuts, and unique insights into which companies are best regarded by stakeholders as well as… Read More »

Sex sells (not as good as you think)!

Two researchers of Ohio State University have conducted a meta-analysis on research on the effect of sex and crime in advertisement. They come to a surprising conclusion – against the common sense notion of “Sex sells”: “As intensity of sexual ad content increased, memory, attitudes, and buying intentions decreased.” They found that as the emotional intensity of marketing… Read More »