Corporate Branding

brand purpose

Defining a corporate purpose.

It can sometimes feel strange watching companies identify a need to define their ‘purpose’ as if they’d previously operated without one. Anyone who runs a company knows that the purpose of the company – first and foremost – is to make a profit. Without profit, the company ceases to exist. Ah, you say, it’s different […]

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Book Review: Dave Trott, One + One = Three

By Ann Binnie, Managing Partner, Tovera Consulting. Summary view Dave Trott tells evocative yet sparely written stories, each illustrating an important point about creativity as it applies to life, art and the world of advertising. He always has told good stories, even before “storytelling” became fashionable. So it comes naturally and this book is a […]

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Kraft / Unilever – a story of two reputations

There’s a headline in the Telegraph today that just about sums up the collective response to Kraft’s proposed (and now withdrawn) takeover of Unilever. It reads ‘Kraft Heinz: how to lose a deal and irritate everyone’. From a reputation perspective, the moment I read about Kraft’s proposal, I thought, ‘what on earth are they thinking? This […]

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Does viewing people as assets demean them (and us)?

Article by Ann Binnie. I heard this morning on the radio a discussion about the various Olympic authorities’ deliberations on whether/who to ban from the Russian squad for misuse of performance enhancing drugs. I was struck by the use of the term “assets” for the athletes in question. Maybe the context of Russia made me […]

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“Consumers are morons”

Mark Ritson recently published an opinion piece where he concludes that in light of the relatively small dip in VW sales following the emissions scandal, perhaps consumers are unconcerned with corporate reputation, that they are perhaps, really morons. This got me thinking, are consumers really morons, unconcerned with corporate reputation? It was ten years ago […]

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reputation

5 reputation management tips for 2016

  Plan for the fact that managing your CEO’s reputation is part of managing your corporate reputation. There are many examples that demonstrate how the behaviour of a CEO can serve as a catalyst for the unraveling of a corporate reputation, which in turn can lead to value destruction, loss of business and more (e.g. […]

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