Branding isn’t a new concept; it isn’t even a centennial concept. In fact, branding started back in the ancient days of Babylon, Greece and Rome, when men wore dresses (sure, they called them togas) and the term “Spartan” was coined. Potters carved their initials, symbol or recognizable mark in their handiwork. Gold and silversmiths marked their work; papermakers left watermarks. Cattle and other livestock have worn literal brands since 2000 BC, if not before.
Every so often, under the guise of “keeping things fresh,” companies decide to commit marketing suicide by switching brands. When examining the reality of why companies want to change their brand, it results in one of three answers: not modern or sophisticated enough to draw the right audience, not representative of the products or services offered, or not recognizable enough in the marketplace.
I bet if I told you the headline of today’s news you not only could see it on television, but you could Google it. Who would have thought you could say the word Google and automatically 98% of the world [...]