Know your brand’s business

Know your brand’s business

Why it is essential to know your brand's business By Tom Dougherty Three warning signs of confusing the business of your business with the brand’s business. And why it is essential to know your brand’s business. My wife and I just returned from a hiking...
Wheaties— Breakfast of Champions

Wheaties— Breakfast of Champions

You are what you eat By Tom Dougherty Success always leaves clues. You find the winning formula for success in Wheaties Cereal. It’s never been a “candy” cereal marketed by a singular spokes figure (like Cap’n Crunch or Snap, Crackle, and Pop). Wheaties sold its...
Forget being woke in marketing. Be Authentic.

Forget being woke in marketing. Be Authentic.

Woke marketing is not gender neutral By Tom Dougherty Gender Neutral. Woke up.  The best marketing never feels like it’s marketing. It feels natural, direct, genuine. We polish the worst marketing with political correctness and ambiguous woke phrases. I am a branding...
Sun-Tzu Marketing is the Art of Branding Strategy

Sun-Tzu Marketing is the Art of Branding Strategy

The Sun-Tzu as a Marketing Guru By Tom Dougherty Sun-Tzu Marketing is the Art of Branding Strategy Sun-Tzu Marketing Wisdom This is not the standard paper from Stealing Share. Rather, it is a quick look at some of the Sun-Tzu marketing wisdom that Stealing Share...
Rebranding of Victoria’s Secret

Rebranding of Victoria’s Secret

The rebranding of Victoria's Secret By Tom Dougherty What can we learn from the rebranding of Victoria’s Secret? I just finished an article on the rebranding of Victoria’s Secret in the New York Times. I wish them luck in the rebranding efforts. It was not that many...
Understanding Market Maturity

Understanding Market Maturity

Understanding Market Maturity By Tom Dougherty Understanding Market Maturity  Understanding Market Maturity. It May Be A Hidden Mature Market Think about market maturity. The TV set market would seem to be the last market to be described as immature. After all,...
BlackBerry Failed. Marketing lessons to be learned.

BlackBerry Failed. Marketing lessons to be learned.

The Failure of BlackBerry By Tom Dougherty BlackBerry Failed. Marketing lessons to be learned.   The world truly changed in 1999. We saw Europe introduce the Euro. Then, the tragedy at Columbine, the world was dealing with Kosovo and SpongeBob SquarePants...
Effective marketing: How to be noticed

Effective marketing: How to be noticed

Effective Marketing By Tom Dougherty Effective marketing: How to be noticed Mars, the maker of so many products it could go toe to toe with giant P&G, conducted a study that found marketers have about two seconds to grab someone’s attention. If that’s true, then...
Current bank market positioning advantages

Current bank market positioning advantages

Today's Bank Market By Tom Dougherty ​Grabbing Bank Market Share The bank market has changed It has been many years since small independent banks and thrifts dominated the bank market. Besides credit unions, the banking landscape has merged into a few mega-banks. It...
COVID-19 marketing enters a new phase: Disinfectant labeling

COVID-19 marketing enters a new phase: Disinfectant labeling

COVID-19 Marketing By Tom Dougherty COVID-19 marketing enters a new phase: Disinfectant labeling Lost in the think pieces (including my own) of COVID-19 marketing lies something few of us considered. The effect of the virus on product development. Consider the...
Marketing during COVID-19: A primer

Marketing during COVID-19: A primer

Marketing During COVID-19 By Tom Dougherty Marketing during COVID-19: A Primer So much is uncertain these days. And uncertainty often gives way to fear. That’s what many brands are feeling right now and why marketing during COVID-19 means, in part, overcoming that...