Category Archives: Brand meaning

It’s tough staying iconic

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coke mcdMany iconic brands have fallen by the wayside down the years, for a number of reasons. Kodak and Levi’s are but two that come to mind. Two more quintessential American brands are finding it’s often harder to stay iconic than to become so. Of course, Coca-Cola and McDonald’s are also among the most resilient brands in the world but both will need some major course-corrections in the coming quarters. Continue Reading

“Brand Meaning” – special Indian edition

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A special Indian edition of Brand Meaning is now available.

The text is in English. Brand Meaning_IndiaThis follows translations in Spanish (El Significado de la Marca) and Portuguese (O Significado da Marca). Brand Meaning will be published in Chinese early in 2015.

The book explores how people find and create meaning in brands, in a process of co-creation of brand meaning.

“Must reading for everyone who studies or manages brands,” Gerald Zaltman, Professor of Marketing, Harvard Business School.

“This book has the potential to be a “cross over” title that reaches out to both managers and academics,” Rajeev Batra, Professor of Marketing, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

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An article of mine on brand meaning in today’s La Vanguardia of Barcelona, following my recent engagement there.La Vanguardia article.jpg

“Si alguien sabe de eso, ese es Mark Batey, quien vinó a Barcelona para impartir una Masterclass en el Postgrado en Brand Meaning Management del UPF-IDEC. Su libro ‘El Significado de la Marca’ salió en 2013.”



The Definitive Book of Branding

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TDBOBAvailable for pre-order. The Definitive Book of Branding is an edited  book with contributions from brand practitioners/authors like Al Ries, JN Kapferer and Kevin Roberts. Ries opens on positioning, and my chapter – on the creation of meaningful brands – is the second chapter. The book will be initially published in the UK, US, India and SE Asia.


Old Spice struggling with new ideas

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Old Spice

Remember when the “Man your man could smell like” campaign came out for Old Spice? It was often compared with Dos Equis’ “Most interesting man in the world” campaign. As I posted at the time, there is no comparison. Sure, there may be some kind of “spokesman” angel (in truth it was not that important to the OS campaign, as Isaiah Mustafa was not that well known), but the Dos Equis campaign is based on a brand idea. Old Spice’s campaign was based on execution.

Surprise, surprise, the Old Spice campaign disappeared into the “novelty campaign” archives.

I don’t know if this new Old Spice campaign will offend the buyers (moms), as discussed in the article. I’m not even sure it will appeal that much to the users (young men). The insight is paper thin. Continue Reading

Facebook is failing marketers

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In light of this interesting report from Forrester Research on the facebook-logo_20096214479failure of Facebook for marketers (and Facebook is the darling of social media), I’m reprinting a blog post I wrote here on social media  two and a half years ago:

The Honeymoon is Over

There’s a question that vexed CMOs for a while: how can we build our brand with social media?

Many of those CMOs have now realized the sometimes unwelcome answer.

We can’t.

That’s right, brands can’t be built through social media. Sure, social media can be leveraged to support brands. But brands today are built the same way they always were: through brand expression, brand experience and brand advocacy. Again, social media may contribute to these (most aptly, brand advocacy) , but let’s not put the bandwagon before the horse. Continue Reading

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