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What Trademark Filing Trends Reveal About Expected Brand Growth – and What it Means for Your Global Brand Protection Strategy

The 2013 Trademark Report by Thomson Compumark provides an overview of trademark activity across 186 countries, including the most active product and services Classes and a revealing by-market breakdown that examines filing...more

Jumping on the "Made in the U.S.A." Bandwagon

Retailers are increasingly praising the importance of placing the “Made in the USA” phrase on their product packaging and labels. Customers, not only in the U.S. but worldwide, are now demanding “Made in America” merchandise....more

What’s In Your Wallet, a Cafe?

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

‘The Late Show’ Heir Must Rebrand Before Taking the Chair

Corporate and personal brands alike should generate broad appeal and loyalty among key audiences and also evolve in order to withstand competitors and the test of time. But what happens when a celebrity brand, one that has...more

Rebranding “Sexy”

On my first day of law school, I received a piece of advice that sticks with me today: if you don’t know, the answer is always “it depends.” In the world of advertising, the most common “easy answer” is “sexy.” If you can’t...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

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

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

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

Get to Know Mr. C, But Where Are His Eyes?

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

When Less is More: Bits and Pieces of Brands

There is no point to spending money on advertising if those experiencing it don’t understand who’s communicating about what brand, right?...more

Celebrity Endorsements: A Measured Return on Investment

A universally accepted objective of brand marketing is to become aligned with a well-respected, credible and complementary brand with sufficient notoriety to positively influence consumer spending. In recent times,...more

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