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    Tom Dougherty CEO, Stealing Share

    Tom Dougherty is the President and CEO of Stealing Share, Inc., and has helped national and global brands such as Lexus, IKEA and Tide steal market share over his 25-year career.

    An often-quoted source on business and brands, he has been featured recently by the New York Times and CNN, discussing topics ranging from television to Apple to airlines.

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Don’t be so quick to sign up an Olympic endorser

If advertisers are smarter than they used to be, the dollars handed out for the endorsements of this year’s crop of Olympic champions will be lighter than in the past. Call it the new “Tiger” rule.

Simply identifying your brand with a celebrity athlete superstar is not as simple as it was when Nike tied it shoestrings to the high-flying Michael Jordan years back. There needs to be a legitimate and meaningful link to the athletes, otherwise it looks contrived and lacks punch.

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One would hope that the recent fall from grace by Tiger Woods would make testing the waters a bit more worrisome too. After all, who looked more squeaky-clean then Tiger Woods? Who knows what lurks in the closets of the Flying Tomato or the Downhill Golden Girl? Personally, I would work on investing in a meaningful brand message and leave the endorsement routes to those that have really nothing to say.

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