Optum is a business not a brand

Optum is a business not a brand

The Optum brand is too busy Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 14 September 2017 What is Optum? You know, I like the new Optum commercial. And I like the graphic design of the logo. Come to think of it, I also like the theme line “How well gets done” even as I...
TD Ameritrade commercials miss the mark

TD Ameritrade commercials miss the mark

TD Ameritrade advertising Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 7 September 2017 TD Ameritrade Commercials  The power in TV commercials can vary. Sometimes they look to inform. Often they look to amuse. Many times they hope to raise awareness. Hopefully, they all...
How a brand addresses a pacemaker recall

How a brand addresses a pacemaker recall

St Jude pacemaker recall Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 31 August 2017 How a brand addresses a pacemaker recall Our experience in the medical device industry reaches across many of the top brands. Branding St. Jude Medical (now Abbott), working with...
Prevagen is Jellyfish!

Prevagen is Jellyfish!

Cleverness in advertising stinks: Prevagen Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 17 August 2017 Prevagen gets stupid Prevagen. The perfect example of brand masturbation. Brands try to speak directly to the emotions of prospective customers. Anything that gets in...
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...
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...
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....
Make America Great Again. Careful what you ask for.

Make America Great Again. Careful what you ask for.

Make America Great Again. Really? Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 23 February 2017 Make America Great Again. Careful what you ask for. The lets’ Make America Great Again brand is a perfect example of a slogan. Not a brand. Slogans get repeated and brands are...
Sears Amazon. Amazon is the old Sears Roebuck.

Sears Amazon. Amazon is the old Sears Roebuck.

Amazon is the new Sears Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 10 February 2017 Sears Amazon. Amazon is the old Sears Roebuck. I’ll explain the Roebuck part of Sears Roebuck in a minute. Yesterday, I happened upon a song while driving home from the office. It was...
Alternative Facts and Newspaper Rebranding

Alternative Facts and Newspaper Rebranding

Fake News and Alternative Facts Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 9 February 2017 Alternative Facts and Newspaper Rebranding Alternative Facts and fake news are the new headlines. (Read a blog I wrote on fake news here.) The White House has created a new genre...
Super Bowl problem. Super Bowl 51.

Super Bowl problem. Super Bowl 51.

Super Bowl Problem #51 Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 2 February 2017 Super Bowl problem. Super Bowl 51. The Super Bowl Problem The Super Bowl problem is a new one but it is not the only one. The NFL has a lot of problems on its docket. CTE. Falling...
Global Branding Experts. How do you choose?

Global Branding Experts. How do you choose?

Branding in different cultures Global Branding Experts. How do you choose? Global Branding Experts Is there a difference between being global branding experts and developing unique brands in unique cultures? Global branding experts need more than just experience in...