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Advertising News & Analysis - February 6, 2014

In this issue: - Announcement - Avoid Brand Fumbles When Marketing During Championships - It Always Pays to Disclose Connections - Caution is the Name of the Game When a Claim is a Brand...more

Meet the 2014 Brand Dream Team

Every brand needs a brand dream team. That team consists of not only people who help create, communicate, manage, direct, and protect the brand, but also the group of words, symbols, and slogans that serve as brand...more

Gary Vee Serves up the #Hashtag

Personal branding was popularized in 1997 after Tom Peters’ article, “The Brand Called You” appeared in Fast Company. Tom opined, “Regardless of age, regardless of position, regardless of the business we happen to be in,...more

A tag line we really like: “Defense Lawyers. Defense Leaders.”

We developed an integrated marketing campaign for FDCC, the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel. It’s an international honorary association of 1,000 of the absolute best defense litigators and in-house professionals. ...more

I May Be Old, But I Got To See All The Cool Brands.

As I was perusing Facebook the other day, I stumbled upon the following picture posted by a friend. For reasons unknown to me, I inserted the letter “r” into “bands” while reading this shirt, and I thought to myself,...more

Outlawing Ambush Marketing

With the 2011 Rugby World Cup (‘RWC’) in New Zealand living up to its billing as the ‘Stadium of Four Million’, the Rugby Football Union and the RWC 2015 Organising Committee have a daunting task ahead of them in exceeding...more

PR Lessons from the NYC Mayoral Race

When Bill de Blasio won the New York Democratic primary for mayor with a large enough margin to avoid a run-off, the pundits weighed in on what was an impressive victory for someone who had been running a distant fourth not...more

The Top 25 Law Marketing Cliches to Avoid.

As a whole, lawyers are very literal, often too literal for good marketing. As a result, many firms simply opt for the obvious icons that represent the general concept of “Law,” just like most of their closest competitors. ...more

Jell-O Revival From What?

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

Advertising News & Analysis - August 22, 2013

In this issue: - Register Now and Join Us at ERA D2C Convention - Patent Troll’s Gift Card Suits Come Up Short - Cooperation Drives Positive Developments in Bilateral Brand Protection - FTC Sees...more

Driving Differentiation

Jason Voiovich, Director of Corporate Marketing, Logic PD Co-Branding outside of the footwear industry helps create competitive space with Nike...more

Nobody Does it Better: Puffery or False Advertising?

A recent decision resolving an advertising dispute between Campbell Soup Company and Tropicana Products, Inc. reinforced what we know to be empirically true: simply claiming to be the “best” really doesn’t mean much at all. ...more

Coca-Cola Open for Co-Branding?

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

Subliminal Messages

As I was enjoying a Wendy’s chocolate frosty, I began thinking about the new Wendy’s logo I had seen in several articles on Yahoo! In the midst of the hoopla about the “hidden” or subliminal message in the new logo, I got to...more

A New Test for Trademark Suggestiveness

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

The (Best) Method to the Madness Behind Choosing a Company Name or Mark

The Wall Street Journal ran a print article on July 18, 2013 titled “What’s Behind Those Quirky Startup Names?” in which the author Lindsey Gellman discussed the derivation behind unique startup names such as Mibblio, Kaggle,...more

Advertising News & Analysis - July 18, 2013

In this issue: - FTC Finalizes EnergyGuide Label Changes - Brand Protection: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You - Staffing Announcements Set Tone at FTC - FCC Rules May Disconnect Marketing to Mobile...more

Understanding The Legal And Regulatory Considerations Of Concerns Of Creating Branded Content In Canada

This video entitled “Hello Madison and Vine, It’s Me, Bay Street: Understanding the Legal and Regulatory Considerations of Concerns of Creating Branded Content in Canada“ aired at the Canadian Marketing Association’s Content...more

A Floating Feather Suggests What to You?

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

Eh, it’s Ey?

Ernst & Young, here is to hoping you can take a little joke about your new truncated name, EY...more

But, What About the Legal Implications of Color Selections in Brand Strategy?

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

Love is in the Air-Alaska Air

“Brands We Love” is mouths off about brands we really love,” brands changing the world, or those doing something to make customers or clients feel special, as only a great brand can. I had my own l “feel the love” brand...more

This Ain’t Your Dad’s Hamburger Helper…

Brace yourselves everybody, I have some bad news: Hamburger Helper is no more. But wait! Don’t jump yet, friend. Thanks to a the General Mills marketing department, and fueled by loss of market share to new competition from...more

Gene Grabowski on Trade Associations [Video]

There are moments when one company’s crisis can potentially harm an entire industry. When many companies are affected by a problem, the best communications solution is often a single source of consistent and persuasive...more

Brandaide® does not equal Band-Aid®

Choosing a great brand name that is strong and protectable is not always easy. But then what happens when you decide to protect that brand by filing for a trademark registration, and someone tries to stop you?...more

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