Will a new Staples CMO make a lick of difference?

Will a new Staples CMO make a lick of difference?

Staples Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 30 May 2017 Will a new Staples CMO make a lick of difference? This is not an open letter to Michelle Bottomley, the newly hired Staples CMO. Those tend to be trite. But if there’s a time for Bottomley and the Staples...
Who’s shocked Applebees sales are plummeting?

Who’s shocked Applebees sales are plummeting?

Who’s shocked Applebees sales are plummeting? Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 3 May 2017 Applebees sales are a reflection of the state of its brand Can it get any worse for Applebees? According to yesterday’s report, Applebees sales fell 7.9% in the...
Brand Blindness. Brand Loyalty. Persuasive.

Brand Blindness. Brand Loyalty. Persuasive.

Brand Blindnes is Brand Loyalty Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 27 April 2017 Brand loyalty and brand blindness Did you know that brand loyalty is a form of brand blindness? Even though most of us believe we act rationally, self-identification is a form of...
Can Mazda be truly different now?

Can Mazda be truly different now?

Can Mazda be truly different now? Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 24 April 2017 Automakers, including Mazda, are in a vicious cycle There’s no guarantee, of course. But change at Mazda promises a car manufacturer finally breaking out of the industry-wide...
Ameriprise rebranding is on the right track

Ameriprise rebranding is on the right track

Ameriprise. Be Brilliant. Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 20 April 2017 Ameriprise has a winning brand theme. In Financial Planning, Ameriprise has a brand The brand of Ameriprise stands out in a sea of financial planning companies. It’s not that it is the...
Duluth Trading Company. A brand for MEN.

Duluth Trading Company. A brand for MEN.

Duluth Trading Company. I’m in! Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 13 April 2017 Duluth Trading Company. A man’s brand. Duluth Trading Company commercials rock! Duluth Trading Company understands its brand. It has few, if any peers, that get IT so...
Corporate Identity and an ugly misguided logo

Corporate Identity and an ugly misguided logo

Ugly logos mean an ugly brand. Who needs that? Corporate identity must agree with your brand Corporate identity and your logo Your corporate identity is all about your company and services. It creates space between your company and the competitors. When properly...
Believable advertising and Ken Fisher

Believable advertising and Ken Fisher

Believable Advertising Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 6 April 2017 Believable advertising must be authentic What makes advertising believable? Cleverness? Phraseology? Polish? Believable advertising may have all those elements or it might just seem REAL....
Spectrum is new, but means zilch

Spectrum is new, but means zilch

Spectrum is new, but means zilch Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 29 March 2017 Spectrum just looks like any other cable network What does Spectrum mean? The dictionary says, “a band of colors.” The new cable system, a merger of three networks, means zilch....
New broadband privacy rules make brand more important

New broadband privacy rules make brand more important

New broadband privacy rules make brand more important Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 27 March 2017 Audiences will only accept this from brands they prefer Another important vote snuck in under the shadow of the failed Trumpcare one. The Senate eliminated...
Theme line or Tag line? What’s the difference?

Theme line or Tag line? What’s the difference?

The Difference. Theme line or Tag line. Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 23 March 2017 Theme line vs tag line A tag line is not a brand theme line Don’t confuse an advertising tag line with a brand theme line. They serve different purposes. A tag line is a...
Time to ax Verizon guy Paul for Sprint?

Time to ax Verizon guy Paul for Sprint?

Time to ax Verizon guy Paul for Sprint? Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 20 March 2017 I’d keep him if he meant anything for the Sprint brand. But he doesn’t. What you saw over the weekend in the NCAA Tournament. The ACC taking a big dump. Verizon...