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Traditional Luxury Brands on Social Media…Yay or Nay?
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Nozipho Gumede at 12:00
Exclusivity is an important characteristic of luxury brands. Luxury brands have traditionally strived to create the ‘brand dream’ - a perception of distance between themselves and their customers. This makes social media engagement tricky as social is, by definition, the complete contradiction of exclusivity.
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Strategic Repositioning of the City of Cape Town
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David Blyth at 10:00
It has been quite a week for us here at Yellowwood! The controversy surrounding the proposed new brand identity for the City of Cape Town has been loud, but that is to be expected when a well-known brand makes a significant change. It was made much worse because the public was caught by surprise. A distorted, discoloured and poor quality version of the logo was leaked, without the benefit of context or narrative to tell the story of change.
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Africa Insight: Building Brands across the Continent
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Al Mackay at 09:00
Yellowwood has recently completed a number of large brand-building projects across Africa for clients who are ambitious about growth on the continent. Our work included segmentation strategy and go-to-market planning and has thrown up interesting insight into the people and markets that make up this great continent of ours.
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What we shouldn’t still be talking about in 2014
Posted by
Nomonde Gama at 10:00
With all the 2014 trend forecasts flooding our inboxes at this time of year, (for some perspective, don’t forget to read our take on marketing in 2014 here), marketers might be feeling a little overwhelmed by trying to keep up.
Brand.It 2013 Champions Announced
Posted by
Al Mackay at 12:00
On Wednesday 16 October, five finalist teams of students from the UCT Marketing Association competed head to head for the title of Brand.It 2013 champions. This was the culmination of twelve weeks of hard work for the students – including primary research, brand crafting and marketing planning.
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Does your brand positioning stretch into Africa?
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Louise MacRobert at 11:00
With so many African countries enjoying economic growth and increasing stability, global brands are rushing to get involved. They are expanding their offerings into new markets at an enormous rate, joined by South African companies spreading north on the continent.
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Branding: Nespresso. What else?
Posted by
Nicole Zetler at 12:00
I must confess, I have a new favourite brand that I've added to my elite few - and I'm a little bashful about it. I never thought I would fall for something so gimmicky, unnecessarily overpriced and overtly yuppie. But I have, and now I'm completely hooked! The brand in question is Nespresso - the single-serving, capsule-based coffee purveyors.
Abercrombie & Fail: Brand positioning versus the people
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Al Mackay at 11:00
I’m finding it hard to look away from the scandal engulfing Abercrombie & Fitch, following their CEO Mike Jeffries’ public announcement that the reason his company refuses to make plus-sized clothing is that they target the ‘cool kids’ – implying, of course, that fat people would ruin his brand. In his words “a lot of people don’t belong, and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
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