Culture

M&A Cultural Considerations

M&A decisions are based on multiple factors, principally expected financial benefit, operational synergies, the acquisition of a new user or client base, etc. However, companies must take into account the impact on brand, since the outward face of the post-M&A integration can have serious repercussions for both external market perception and internal organizational culture, not […]

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“Away” Luggage – When Millennial Brands Go Toxic

Successful brands combine both tangible and intangible qualities to evoke deep associations that engender loyalty among consumers. Among the most important intangible qualities are the people behind the brands and organizations we love most. These creators and keepers of the culture align the organization around the values and behaviors that form the outward brand personification […]

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New Year’s Resolutions For Brands – 2020

Just like for their human stewards, the start of a new year (and decade!) provides a propitious promontory for brands to reflect back and evaluate all they’ve accomplished – and envision how they’d want the following year to look. What were some of the biggest achievements this year? What are some of the things we […]

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1920s vs. 2020s – A Happy 100 Years to These Brands

Brands come and go, some as ephemeral and fleeting as a quickly-glimpsed subway ad, others as durable and long-lasting as the classic Coca-Cola logo. What was once the height of fashion can quickly fall to the discount-rack of abandonment. But there are some brands that have an enduring ability to resonate with us, an atemporality […]

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Looking Back in Time: the 1920s vs. the 2020s

The end of a decade inevitably elicits a thoughtful analysis of the previous 10 years. What were the defining cultural phenomena of the decade? What inventions have helped us evolve? How should we view ourselves as a society now? While every decade has its remarkable facets, some decades are characterized by more noteworthy milestones, breakthroughs […]

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Why Your Brand Must Drive Innovation

Branding is of course far more than applying a badge or emblem on an organization. As we assert in our Shared Purpose perspective, the overall goal is at once simple and ambitious: to “engage employees and drive customer preference.” Your brand ultimately represents both the vision and the strategic position that you seek to convey […]

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Better Together: Why Marketing and Human Resources Need to Work In Concert

Effective collaboration across siloed departments is a goal as ubiquitous as it is elusive. Engineering and Marketing. Marketing and sales. Product Development and Customer Service. Yet many companies don’t even consider the potential for common ground between Marketing and Human Resources. Perhaps this lacuna arises because Marketing focuses on external audiences versus the internal focus […]

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