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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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Branding without Culture
Posted by
Al Mackay at 12:00
I was really amused the other day, while watching an episode of The Simpsons on TV, to see a pair of weird, deadpan New Zealander musicians as the stars of the show. The two cartoon characters, counsellors at an Arts Camp that Lisa Simpson attends, were quite clearly based on Bret and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords – in character, occupation, voice and even the way they were drawn - although that was never mentioned in the episode.
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Brand endorsements: Any famous face won’t do…
Posted by
Tumisang Matubatuba at 14:00
Sports brands and athletes have formed powerful partnerships in the past. Adidas and Under Armour have used athlete endorsements to great effect. Nike’s partnership with Michael Jordan is well-known and successful. These collaborations make sense to the consumer, the athlete and the brand. They leverage the aspiration and emotional benefits of the brand in a way that consumers enjoy.
Building Great Brands in 2014
Posted by
Al Mackay at 10:00
Building powerful brands is like investing in the stock market – you need to anticipate and respond to important shifts in context, but you also can’t panic with every market fluctuation.
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The power of colour
Posted by
Bokang Sesiane at 10:00
Growing up in one of the biggest Free State townships, there were two words that every child in the neighbourhood knew in English: “Green” and “White”. It is a testament to the popularity, love and loyalty to Bloemfontein Celtic (Phunya Sele Sele), a soccer club that plays in South Africa’s Premier League.
Creating Global South African Brands, One Expat at a Time
Posted by
Al Mackay at 08:00
I recently read an article in Harvard Business Review that I found fascinating. It’s on diaspora marketing; how emerging market brands can go global by targeting their diasporas in the West. It hails Nando’s as a brand that has done this particularly well – they used South African communities in the UK, Canada and Australia as beachheads to the larger native communities, and have now grown to operate in 26 countries across the world (with a hefty £14.7million in profit from their UK restaurants alone).
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