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"The world, it seems, is disappearing beneath a deluge of logos.In the past decade, corporations looking to navigate an ever more competitive marketplace have embraced the gospel of branding with newfound fervor.
Since 1991, the number of brands on US grocery store shelves has tripled. Last year, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued an incredible 140,000 trademarks - 100,000 more than in 1983.
And yet there's something strange going on in branding land. Even as companies have spent enormous amounts of time and energy introducing new brands and defending established ones, Americans have become less loyal."
There are similar articles out there from well-respected authors. In the internet age - is branding dead?
Customers were always looking for better deals both quality-wise and price-wise...The trick with branding is to reinforce a sub-consicious belief that "Brand A" always delivers quaity widget for a Good Price .
>> Marketers looked at these companies and said they were succeeding because their brands were strong. In reality, the brands were strong because the companies were succeeding.
Very Very True!
To me brands will never go away - and therefore neither will the activity of branding. It might not always be called that. Brands are a coathanger hooked in piece of someones mind that you hang associations off either intentionally or as a side effect of that persons experience or both. Putting a product in a generic plain white box will not stop branding happening.
Brands are more important now than ever before. Talk to your nearest 6 year old and listen to them talk with each other.
Over the past few years there has been an economic climate that has meant some companies have focussed agressively on more short term and tactical approaches to help their bottom line in a difficult market. A lot of these companies will need to rebuild their brands.
Just because other disciplines are seen as just as important does not mean branding is less so.
Branding is NOT dead or going to die anytime soon. The need to sell a "Companies Product/Service", a "Companies Line", or "Product/Service X" will remain a priority for businesses and in effect they will need to market accordingly. In other words, until the death of product/service sales or a complete unimaginable revolution of the global economy (+society) happens, branding (producct/service/company marketing) will be very much alive. If you dont understand that basic element, there is no need to go on.
IMO: Both pages which were linked to above should be looked at as entertainment and nothing more.