Brand Cohesion

13 Strategies to Help Your Global Brand Maintain Its Local Roots

Local businesses struggle to compete with the big conglomerates and internet businesses luring their customer base away with convenient shopping at low prices. But the local scene has made a resurgence, thanks in part to millennials who want to “shop small” and support entrepreneurs in their own backyards. In fact, nearly half of consumers in…

Post-Merger Branding: Why Good on Paper is not Good Enough

Mergers and acquisitions are most often viewed from a financial perspective. However, as brand strategists, we have seen firsthand that success often relies on less tangible factors.  The “fit” may look great on paper, but achieving that promise requires more than a rationalized product portfolio. Success requires a rationalized workforce that understands the how’s…

One World, One Brand? Branding B2B Companies in a Global Marketplace

We often hear that “the world is flat.” That capital “moves seamlessly” across borders. That we are increasingly “one global market.”  Yet when we begin a branding initiative with a global client, one of the first things we hear is that the company stands for different things in different countries – and therefore no single brand…

Five Early Warning Signs That It’s Time to Refresh Your B2B Brand

We often get asked: When should a brand be refreshed? While there are some major inflection points we can point to — a merger, a reputational crisis — in many cases the answer is not simple. However, in reviewing branding projects that DeSantis Breindel has worked on over the years, we noticed five warning signs our clients…

Do You Really Need a Tagline?

It’s increasingly common for a brand to go tagline-less, especially in B2B, where standing out among competitors that seemingly offer the same product or service requires a nuanced brand identity that often can’t be summed up in a single catchphrase. Think about it: Perhaps a tagline can sell a sneaker, but will…

Four Principles to Ensure Your B2B Brand and Culture Align

The legendary management consultant, educator, and author Peter Drucker liked to say that “culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The best-laid strategic plans invariably hit a wall if they are not aligned with the organization’s culture — the beliefs and behaviors that determine how a company’s employees and management interact and handle business transactions…

B2B Brand Voice in the Age of the Emoji

Exclamation points. Trending lingo. Emoji. When it comes to B2B brand voice, these may not be the first things that come to mind, but with the explosion of digital content and the increasing importance of social media in the B2B buying cycle, that’s rapidly changing. Many B2B companies are beginning to sound more and…

Why Focus is So Important for Building Brands (and Businesses)

Every morning before my coffee hits and my mood improves, I shuffle onto a crowded, Manhattan-bound L train. More often than not, at least one of my fellow passengers is an ad from ConEd bearing its campaign line cum tag line “Everything Matters.” And every time I see “Everything Matters” plastered next to a…

The Curious Case of Yahoo’s (Missing) Identity

A lot has been written about the ‘prolonged demise’ of Yahoo. In short, the internet company has suffered a tumultuous and tiring 22-year identity crisis. This was perhaps most famously crystalized in the leaked “Peanut Butter Manifesto,”an internal memo from 2006 that criticized the company for spreading itself too thin.

“If you’re…

Navigating Disruption in Financial Services: How Brand Can Help

Depending on your outlook, the financial services industry is either an incredibly scary or extremely exciting place to be right now. More than any other industry, financial services companies are facing a paradigm shift brought on by the perfect storm of digitalization, increased regulatory scrutiny and changing demographic profiles and preferences of both clients and…

Brand Dividends: Why Investors Should Be Part of Your Equation

We recently partnered with a fast-growing data analytics company. It had successfully leapfrogged larger, more established competitors by providing hands-on, high-touch, over-the-top customer service. Branding around this level of service was a no-brainer, right? Well, maybe not. The company was preparing to go public. High-touch service is a…

Selling a New Brand to the Sales Force

The toughest audience for your new brand may not be your long-time clients or future prospects. It may be your own sales force. Sales professionals can be a cynical lot. In many companies, the prevailing attitude is: Just give me a generous travel and entertainment budget, a few spec sheets, and lead-gen support…

Have You Outgrown Your Acronym?

“What Does It Stand For?”
This was the question that plagued our client, a global consulting firm that had recently completed a series of transformational acquisitions. It was a question employees received anytime they met a new prospect or told someone where they worked. The company’s name was an acronym that stemmed from the…

Amid Rapid Consolidation, Has Health Care Lost Its Human Touch?

Today, Pfizer and Allergan announced plans to merge, creating the world’s biggest drug maker by sales and adding to the growing list of inversion deals: American companies moving to a foreign country to take advantage of lower corporate tax rates. That this merger would be the largest inversion ever is fitting at the tail…

Internal Branding Campaigns: Why Success Starts With Research

We recently found ourselves in the following conversation:

Client: We need to engage employees in our company’s new mission. We need your help with the execution of the communications campaign. We already have the positioning and messaging. The CEO wrote it.

DB: Oh, that’s great. What kind of research was conducted in developing…

Brand Behavior: Does Your Company Walk the Walk?

Picture this. You’re sitting at your desk flipping through a small stack of mail. Most of it is publications, but there are a few direct mail letters, and one is from a bank. You recognize the name: they’ve just bought your business bank and you pass the building with the new, prominently displayed…

Envisioning Your Brand: Unlocking the Power of Visual Cues

The ironic thing about your brand’s image is that you can’t actually see it. Image as it relates to your brand is a metaphor, an idea meant to conjure up the assured sense of truth that comes with witnessing something concrete (and hopefully positive) with your own eyes. Your customers can’t see loyalty, trust, or any other quality, but an effective brand strategy can help them make the connection. First though, you’ll need to learn to see these qualities yourself.