CVS Aetna, an acquisition that actually makes sense

CVS Aetna, an acquisition that actually makes sense

CVS Aetna Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 4 December 2017 CVS Aetna, an acquisition that actually makes sense The CVS Aetna acquisition culminates a long transformation of CVS, starting with eliminating sales of cigarettes. (Unlike its main competitor,...
Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty poised for greatness

Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty poised for greatness

Fenty Beauty Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 24 October 2017 Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty poised for greatness I am not pretending I know one solitary iota about makeup. What I know is that my wife spends a whole bunch of money on the stuff. She owns an...
End of the American Century

End of the American Century

American Influence. Declining. Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 12 October 2017 End of the American Century I was thinking about a book, written by a friend of mine entitled The End of the American Century. The author is Steve Schlossstein (yes indeed 3 Ss),...
AOL AIM ignored the entire competitive set

AOL AIM ignored the entire competitive set

AOL AIM Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 9 October 2017 AOL AIM ignored the entire competitive set The news of AOL ending its AIM service comes as a shock to no one. Now, AOL can concentrate on…um. What exactly? The Huffington Post, which it owns?...
Taco Bell Cantina depends on its meaning

Taco Bell Cantina depends on its meaning

Taco Bell Cantina Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 26 September 2017 Taco Bell Cantina depends on its meaning I have never nor will ever taste a morsel of anything from a Taco Bell menu. Mystery meats come to mind first, a disgruntled employee peeing in...
The Nordstrom brand takes a new approach

The Nordstrom brand takes a new approach

Nordstrom brand Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 13 September 2017 The Nordstrom brand takes a new approach Nordstrom is launching a new kind of store, as the Nordstrom brand verges on being bought by Leonard Green & Partners, taking the chain private....
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...
Applebees brand admits failure. Now what?

Applebees brand admits failure. Now what?

Applebees brand Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 14 August 2017 Applebees brand admits failure. Now what? I’m never shy about my distaste for the Applebees brand or its stores. But I’m giving the restaurant chain this. At least it’s coming to know who it is...
The meaningless name change of Dunkin Donuts

The meaningless name change of Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin Donuts Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 10 August 2017 The meaningless name change of Dunkin Donuts According to an interview with Nation’s Restaurant News last week, Dunkin Donuts is toying with the idea of removing Donuts from its name. The company...
Brand repositioning. Repositioning brands.

Brand repositioning. Repositioning brands.

Repositioning your brand.  Your brand repositioning is different from rebranding Brand Repositioning Brand repositioning and rebranding share many strategic considerations. And, one can dramatically turn INTO the other. But brand repositioning leaves many existing...
AI Marketing. Artificial Intelligence.

AI Marketing. Artificial Intelligence.

AI Marketing Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share 25 May 2017 AI Marketing. Artificial Intelligence everywhere. AI Marketing AI Marketing (Artificial Intelligence Marketing) might feel like a stretch. Brands are hesitant to believe AI can replace human thinking....