29 Nov’18

FIRRMA and its Impact on That Which it Seeks to Protect

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The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) was signed into law by the current Administration on August 13, 2018, to protect US technological superiority and address national security risks associated with the ability of foreign parties to obtain equity interests in domestic businesses and influence decisions or obtain information related to critical […]

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09 Nov’18

Is a Stadium By Any Other Name Just As Sweet? How Stadium Naming Rights Can Be an Effective Branding Tool

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The massive value of iconic brands such as Mercedes-Benz, SAP, and Pepsi are the result of many years of cumulative targeted efforts. Aside from all being ranked in the top 25 of Interbrand’s most recent brand value rankings, these 3 brands share another commonality – the sponsorship of a professional sports arena. The competition for the naming rights of sports facilities has risen immensely in recent years, with corporations spending hundreds of millions of dollars for added brand exposure (among a variety of other benefits). The strategy of stadium sponsorship from the perspective of branding is an intriguing subject.

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15 Oct’18

From Santa Claus to Kaepernick: The Role of Brand Association in Building Iconic Brands

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One recent example of emotional branding by taking a stance is Nike’s “Dream Crazy” ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick. This campaign received enormous press coverage and viewership outside of just its paid placements (the YouTube video of the ad has over 26 million views on the company’s page as of this writing). Over the years, Nike has masterfully constructed an emotional brand that is often associated with overcoming adversity and celebrating one’s abilities. The company’s slogan of “Just do it” carries a certain emotional weight as a call to action for anyone doubting themselves. With the recent Kaepernick ad, the company is clearly trying to  appeal to the emotions of pride and passion by showcasing a variety of athletes overcoming hardship in the form of cultural, physical and societal barriers to achieve greatness in and out of their sports.

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21 Sep’18

Burberry Extinguishes Flames on Unsold Goods

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In a recent post I explored the luxury fashion industry practice of burning unsold goods. Proponents would argue that this is necessary to protect the brand equity these companies have spent billions building by preventing theft, discounted sale, etc. However, when this topic became mainstream, Burberry and its high-end competitors faced massive backlash from the […]

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