Archive for 13 octubre 2009

10 branding trends for 2010 (based on Brand Lounge)

Es imposible no estar de acuerdo con esta prospectiva de marca elaborada por la prestigiosa consultora de marketing Brand Lounge. Se podía haber traducido, pero no soy nadie para modificar un mm el sentido de sus palabras. Ahí van las 10:

1) Value is the new black.
Excessive spending, even on sale items, will continue to be replaced by a reason-to-buy at all. This is trouble for brands with no authentic meaning, whether high-end or low.

2) Brands increasingly a surrogate for “value.” What makes goods and services valuable will increasingly be what’s wrapped up in the brand and what it stands for. Why J Crew instead of The Gap? J Crew stands for a new era in careful chic—
being smart and stylish. And the first family’s support of the brand doesn’t hurt either.

3) Brand differentiation is Brand Value.
The unique meaning of a brand will increase in importance as generic features continue to plague the brand landscape. Awareness as a meaningful market force has long been obsolete, and differentiation will be critical for success—meaning sales and profitability.

4) “Because I Said So” is so over.
Brand values can be established as a brand identity, but they must believably exist in the mind of the consumer. A brand can’t just say it stands for something and make it so. The consumer will decide, making it more important than ever for a brand to have measures of authenticity that will aid in brand differentiation and consumer engagement.

5) Consumer expectations are growing.
Brands are barely keeping up with consumer expectations now. Every day consumers adopt and devour the latest technologies and innovations, and only hunger for more. Smarter marketers will identify and capitalize on unmet expectations. Those brands that understand where the strongest expectations exist will be the brands that survive – and prosper.

6) Old tricks don’t work/won’t work.
In case your brand didn’t get the memo here it is: consumers are on to brands trying to play their emotions for profit. In the wake of the financial debacle of this past year, people are more aware then ever of the hollowness of bank ads that claim “we’re all in this together” when those same banks have rescinded their credit and turned their retirement plan into case studies. The same is true for insincere
celebrity pairings: think Seinfeld & Microsoft or Tiger Woods & Buick. Celebrity values and brand values need to be in concert, like Tiger Woods & Accenture. That’s authenticity.

7) They won’t need to know you to love you.
As the buying space becomes even more online-driven and international (and uncontrolled by brands and corporations), front-end awareness will become less important. A brand with the right street cred can go viral in days, with awareness following, not leading, the conversation. After all, everybody
knows GM, but nobody’s buying the cars.

8) It’s not just buzz.
Conversation and community is all: ebay thrives based on consumer feedback. If consumers trust the community, they will extend trust to the brand. Not just word of mouth, but the right word of mouth within the community. This means the coming of a new era of customer care.

9) They’re talking to each other before talking to the brand.
Social Networking and exchange of information outside of the brand space will increase. Look for more websites using Facebook Connect to share information with the friends from those sites. More companies will become members of Linkedin. Twitter users will spend more money on the Internet than those who don’t tweet.

10) Engagement is not a fad; it’s the way today’s consumers do business.
Marketers will come to accept that there are four engagement methods including Platform (TV; online), Context (Program; webpage), Message (Ad or Communication), and Experience (Store/Event). But there is only one objective for the future: Brand Engagement. Marketers will continue realize that attaining real brand engagement is impossible using out-dated attitudinal models.


Limitación de pensamiento

Edward De BonoQuizás esta época de crisis nos permita recuperar viejos valores que teníamos escondidos en algún cajón. La fase del crecimiento desbocado de nuestra economía en los últimos 30 años llega a su fin. Nada será tan fácil desde ahora, pero hay que ver la parte positiva: posiblemente desenpolvemos la cultura del esfuerzo, algo muy útil para generar nuevas ideas (entre muchas otras cosas).

Incluyo en este post una cita del pensador Edward de Bono de 2004, titulada 8= 6+2, referida a la limitación del pensamiento por la falta de interés en seguir buscando respuestas alternativas tras obtener una primera respuesta certera. De Bono insiste en la necesidad de no quedarnos con la primera respuesta, de seguir buscando, de mirar hacia otros lados. Las aplicaciones de esta forma de pensar inconformista darían excelentes resultados en campos como la política, la gestión de empresas o el deporte. Ahí va la cita:

La mayor parte de la gente no puede distinguir entre: 6 +2 = 8 y 8 = 6 +2. La diferencia puede ser bastante importante. La suma de 6 y 2 siempre nos conducirá a 8. Sin embargo, 8 puede estar compuesto de otras combinaciones distintas de 6 y 2 (5 +3, 4 +4, 7 +1).

¿Por qué es importante esto? Debido a que la gente comienza a creer que si tiene la respuesta “correcta” no hay necesidad de pensar más porque no llegaremos a mayores precisiones. Tener la respuesta correcta significa que uno no tiene que escuchar otras respuestas, ya que nunca podrán ser más ciertas. El resultado es una grave limitación en el pensamiento. Edward de Bono 8 de 2004