It costs dollars to create a brand. It costs dollars to protect a brand. And, it probably costs more dollars to protect an inherently weak brand and mark over a strong one. So, choose wisely....more
Preparing to send off to college my two oldest sons, led us to Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar & Grill’s rooftop patio on Minneapolis’ Nicollet Mall last week, and we found an interesting menu item.
Under the Sandwiches...more
Why does Smashburger continue down this road of smashing its trademark rights?
Especially, despite our previous cautions...more
It has been a while since I’ve seen a billboard in the Twin Cities worth writing about, but this one engaged my attention. Let’s hope for more as our weather turns for the better.
It appears the Minnesota Department of...more
For those of you who have been with us since the beginning of this wonderful collaboration of legal and marketing types, known as DuetsBlog, you also know we have a mascot dubbed Duey — he’s depicted in the squirrel graphic...more
Metaphors are a good choice for trademarks. A metaphor typically requires some thought, imagination or perception to understand the connection between the mark and what’s for sale....more
Since 2000, Capital One Financial — the nation’s largest direct bank – has been promoting its credit card services by asking What’s in Your Wallet? Three years later it began promoting banking and other financial services...more
While filling up my gas tank at our local Costco last week I coudn’t resist capturing this photo of pump signage to ask our dear readers a few pointed questions...more
It’s that time of year again, the Minnesota fishing opener is upon us this weekend, so Rapala is sporting its new billboard in the Twin Cities metro area, as shown below...more
Apparently Elvis Presley was a well-known Beretta gun owner during his life, so I suppose his lips might have uttered the words “Beretta, thank you very much.” The King’s estate, however, isn’t thankful about an Elvis-themed...more
What best describes your work? Inexpensive? Cost effective? Robotic? Low budget? High volume?
Or, do you deliver excellence — unique, distinctive, valuable, sculpted, tailored, and handmade solutions with your wealth...more
‘Tis the Season for billboard ads like this, sorry Nancy.
Anyway, it reminded me of a very early post of mine on touch trademarks, here on DuetsBlog.
That early blog post noted Diageo’s federally-registered...more
Earlier this month E.J. Schultz of AdAge wrote about Kraft’s plan to revive Jell-O:
“For Kraft Foods Group, J-E-L-L-O has spelled disappointment of late. The brand — once known for fun advertising starring the likes of...more
Jason Voiovich, Director of Corporate Marketing, Logic PD
Co-Branding outside of the footwear industry helps create competitive space with Nike...more
By now you know how much I love the Coca-Cola brand and advertising, and this beautiful gem of a billboard is no exception...more
Let’s call it the Family Feud test of trademark suggestiveness . . .
We’ve written a lot here about the all-important Spectrum of Distinctiveness, a key tool for those who name products and services, and for those who...more
Recently I happened upon an interesting non-traditional, non-verbal, federally-registered trademark that is sure to inspire multiple naming/branding/design posts for me down the road, and I’m anticipating they’ll be so easy...more
Ernst & Young, here is to hoping you can take a little joke about your new truncated name, EY...more
Yesterday Thomson Dawson of the Blake Project published an interesting blog post on the Branding Strategy Insider called “The Importance of Color in Branding Strategy.” It is an important read for both marketing types and...more
Earlier this year Tiffany and I had a chance to learn about Procter & Gamble’s creative efforts in bringing Mr. Clean to life at the FUSE Conference in Chicago....more
There is no point to spending money on advertising if those experiencing it don’t understand who’s communicating about what brand, right?...more
What an honor it was to be part of the 2013 Dieline Package Design conference at HOW Design Live, last week in San Francisco, thanks again for the opportunity Andrew!...more
OfficeMax has been sporting its friendly and colorful rubber band ball brand signal on billboard advertising and delivery trucks for some time, but yesterday is the first time I’ve noticed prominent static use of the bouncy...more
It’s been a little more than a week, and I still have the FUSE conference on my mind. One of the more entertaining speakers at FUSE was a futurist by the name of Magnus Lindkvist who talked about “The Attack of the...more
The importance of “storytelling” seems to be the buzzword lately when it comes to branding communications and decisions. For example, last August Branding Strategy Insider wrote that “Brands Must Master the Art of...more