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Does Rebranding Always Work?

25 Feb

Many times, companies tinker with their logos, their slogans, and other branded materials. They want to “freshen” things up.

Four recent rebrandings (Gap, Starbucks, Vodafone, and AirBnB) are the subject of a recent analysis by Erik Devaney for HubSpot:

” If you’ve ever been part of a company or worked on a product that’s undergone a rebrand, you know how absolutely crazy it can be. From establishing goals, to iterating on designs, to actually implementing your branding changes on your Web site and across all of your marketing channels, it’s a lot of work.”

“I was part of a rebrand at a startup a few years back. The company at the time was shifting direction and targeting a different audience, so a rebrand made sense. We had to come up with a new name, new logo, new  colors  …  new everything! Needless to say, there were a lot of brainstorms, a lot of late nights, and a lot of general craziness right up until we flipped the switch on the new branding.”

 
Click the image to read about rebranding at Gap, Starbucks, Vodafone, and AirBnB.
 

 

Who’s Winning the Mobile OS Challenge?

24 Feb

The answer to this question has certainly changed over the last couple of years. Here’s how it has changed. Sorry, Apple fans. :-).

As reported by eMarketer:

“According to data released in February 2015 by Opera Mediaworks, Google’s operating system (OS) grew its share of mobile ad impressions worldwide by more than 66% between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014, from 37.7% to 62.7%, leapfrogging iOS to claim first place.”

Click the image to read a lot more about what is happening.
 

 

The Weak State of Consumer Confidence in Latin America

18 Feb

With all of the media attention on Europe and Asia, there is not enough emphasize on what’s going on in Latin America — a continent with nearly 500 million people.

So, consider this, from Nielsen:

“Mirroring consumer confidence declines seen around the world, sentiment in the Latin America region decreased three index points to a score of 88 in the fourth quarter [of 2014], as scores fell in five of the seven countries measured. Peru was the only country in the region where confidence improved and remained above the 100-score optimism baseline, rising four points to 101. Peru’s latest reading outperformed Brazil’s score, which dropped six points to 95, for the first time since 2011. Similarly, Mexico (85) decreased three points, Colombia (94) and Chile (81) decreased four points each, and Argentina (67) dropped one point. Venezuela’s score (70) was flat from the previous quarter.”

“There were few silver linings to be found in the region, as the outlook for job prospects declined in three of seven Latin American countries, and perceptions of personal finances fell in all countries except Peru. Furthermore, recessionary sentiment worsened by seven percentage points in both Brazil (73%) and Chile (59%)—the highest levels since Nielsen started tracking this sentiment in 2008.”

 
http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2015/latin-american-consumers-show-uncertainty-heading-into-2015.html
 

New Adidas App for “Sneakerheads”

12 Feb

There are millions and millions of apps out there — some better than others. :-) One clever new app is from Adidas, called Confirmed.

As described by Kyle Stock for Bloomberg:

“Are limited-edition sneakers still special when buyers can reserve them via an app, like a pizza or a pair of movie tickets? Adidas hopes so. The German sportswear giant just launched Confirmed, a mobile platform that will let sneakerheads skip the long lines at Foot Locker, obscure shoe lotteries, and the occasional disturbance of the peace that come with the sale of a rare pair of shoes. ‘You hear a lot of chatter and frustration that the existing system is somehow rigged for friends of friends or VIP customers,’ said Simon Atkins, the company’s vice president of brand activation. ‘We saw a real opportunity to change the paradigm with customers.'”

“Here’s how it works: Consumers who download the app, register with personal details, and allow push notifications from Adidas will get offers to reserve limited-edition shoes and apparel as they become available. Those who respond first are given the right to buy the products at a certain time and place, both in Adidas-owned stores and other retailers.”

Click the image to read more by Stock.
 

A pair of Adidas “Year of the Goat” sneakers celebrating the Chinese New Year that go on sale on Feb. 19 for $130.


 

Internet, Social Media, and Mobile Usage Statistics from Around the Globe

30 Jan

We Are Social is a global conversation agency located in Singapore, New York, London, Paris, Milan, Munich, Sydney, and São Paulo. It has put together an OUTSTANDING slideshow with “more than 350 infographics, including global snapshots, regional overviews, and in-depth profiles of 30 of the world’s largest economies.

Take a look at this slideshow.
 

 

JWT Intelligence’s 100 Key Predictions for 2015

23 Jan

Each year, JWT Intelligence offers 100 interesting trends to be aware of for the coming year. Here are its 2015 predictions.
 

 

What Are the 50 Most Socially Influential Brands?

16 Jan

There are various reports on the social influence of brands. A new brand rating from Lithium Technologies (whose social software helps companies respond on social networks and build trusted content on a community they own) rates the  importance of the leading 50 social global brands.

In its ranking system, Lithium notes the following:

“The Klout 50 is a ranking of the top 50 global brands with the most social influence and engagement. The Klout 50 is the ultimate ranking of brands that are authentically connecting with their digital audience. These social elite brands are the most active on social media platforms and their audiences consistently share and interact with their digital content.

“Amazon lands the #1 spot followed by Microsoft and MTV. These brands are reinventing the way they connect with people and share experiences on social media. They are authentic, create compelling and meaningful content as well as engage with everyone – not just the positive, most influential fans.”

“The Klout 50 is based on the Interbrand 2014 Best Global Brands report and corresponding Klout Scores. Klout Scores are compiled using proprietary algorithms, determined by more than 400 signals from eight different networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ as well as real world data from Wikipedia. Brand value strength is not enough to succeed on social media, as evidenced by only Microsoft, Google, and McDonald’s being recognized for their global brand and social media success, securing a top ten spot on both the Klout 50 and Interbrand’s list.”

Click the image to see the Klout 50 and read more.
 

 

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