Not all industries are equal. Or as in the words of François-Henri Pinault, CEO of Kering, “In luxury, the rules are very different to any other industry”. Signs indicate that all other industries have more to learn from the luxury industry than the other way around. Luxury brands are accepted as the epitome of branding. …

What makes a brand iconic? For me, it is the story behind the brand that draws me toward it. And it isn’t just about the story of the brand’s formation that intrigues me, but more about how the founders of the company believed so much in their brand that they left no stone unturned to …

The fashion industry has always relied heavily on marketing, advertising, and public relations to sell their brands, with tactics ranging from extravagant photo shoots, bold concepts in attention-getting advertisements, and participation in high-profile runway events and launch parties. Brands without big ad budgets never got off the ground, and brands without the chops to make …

For organisations looking to withstand the test of time, being led by a purpose is critical to building the brand and ensuring that it delivers on its promises over time. Purpose is also important from an authenticity perspective, including a continuous internal evaluation on whether the brand’s positioning is aligned to purpose. In addition, results …

Noisy, ugly, and dirty. Advertising has polluted cities, annoyed consumers and jeopardised its own existence. Beyond a mass-media cacophony, brand communications’ significant carbon footprint and runaway consumption are certainly contributing to what economists labelled as market failure. But contrary to Jerry Seinfeld’s 2014 infamous line at the Clio awards calling out the advertising sector to …

Today’s consumers demand much more than just a good deal. For brands to stay competitive in today’s marketplace, they must have a purpose behind their brand and show a desire to fulfill more than just their own bottom line. When brands and consumers work in unison on a social mission, the impact can be significant. …

When it comes to the favorite brands of millennials, most marketers can easily rattle off a list of Gen Y darlings – predictable names like Instagram, Sephora, Shake Shack and reddit. But according to the results of the latest Prophet Brand Relevance Index™ (BRI), we should broaden our perspective. It turns out millennial consumers are …

If you watched the Super Bowl, you’re probably still reeling from the unexpected win by the Patriots (depending on your camp – my congratulations, or my condolences). But the game isn’t the only thing that stirred conversation. Some have said that Gaga’s musical set during the halftime show – ranging from the rallying lyrics of …

Sustainability has become an industry buzzword – but it does not, and should not, need to be. It is not a fleeting or tactical strategy element that organisations can pick up and discard on their own free will. Adopting sustainability as a primary platform for driving growth is a serious commitment, which requires a change …