Brand Identity: You Are What You Buy (Sometimes)

May 8, 2017
Posted by: Jessica Cornick, PhD
Meet Jane the Consumer. Jane is a wife and mother who is also a registered nurse, an avid Instagram user, and a “dance mom.” Jane belongs to a variety of groups, some she has joined (for example, the wider network of nurses across the country) and some she has formed (for example, a group of dance parents who have bonded ...
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Identity Politics: A Lesson for Brands

April 10, 2017
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Posted by: Jason Brooks
Did you happen to see this recent Pepsi ad featuring Kendall Jenner? Perhaps not, as Pepsi quickly pulled it after widespread backlash on social media ...
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United Airlines’ Turbulent Ride

April 4, 2017
Posted by: Trish Smyth
United Airlines has been flying with turbulence these past few weeks. The rocky flight started before they even left the ground in Denver, where the ...
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T-shirts & Tattoos: A Lesson in Identity Branding

April 3, 2017
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Posted by: Chris Elsbury
My wife and I recently hired a contractor to help us renovate our home. Before the ink had dried on the contract, our contractor presented ...
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McDonald’s Hails the Kale. Why?

December 13, 2016
Posted by: Joan Cassidy
I stopped by the drive-thru at McDonald’s the other morning, desperate for another cup of coffee. While in line, I noticed a small garden of ...
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A Lesson in the Nonconscious from Jon Lester

October 24, 2016
Posted by: Jonathan Weiss
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester was just named co-MVP of the 2016 National League Championship Series; the ace pitcher’s performance last Thursday helped propel the ...
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Lebron James, A Successful Rebrand

June 24, 2016
Posted by: Jonathan Weiss
Two years ago, I wrote about LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland. This move represented the launch of a campaign to repair his brand, ...
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Budweiser: King of America?

May 12, 2016
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Posted by: Joan Cassidy
One of the world’s biggest brands took a big gulp and then took a step back, back to their heritage, back to their roots. Earlier ...
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Glee: Art Imitating the Multicultural Market

March 1, 2016
Posted by: Stephen Palacios
Want to be a better marketer? Go back and watch “Glee.” Marketers and brands are embracing the latest examples of how social norms are continuing ...
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Getting Your Super Bowl Ad into the End Zone

February 8, 2016
Posted by: Trish Smyth
The year was 1982. Super Bowl XVI was an epic battle of the San Francisco 49ers and the Cincinnati Bengals at the Pontiac Silverdome in ...
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