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In July 2011 I stood down after ten years from the role of Director General of the IPA (the UK equivalent of the 4As in the USA)to return to consultancy work.
With my wife Vivienne (co-founder of Blooming Marvellous which she and her partner Judy Lever sold successfully in 2007), I formed Pringle and Pringle LLP serving start-ups ("Ideas to help build your business").
I am a Council member of the UK self-regulatory body, the Advertising Standards Authority, and Strategic Advisor to 23red www.23red.com a UK integrated creative communications agency and member of Worldwide Partners Inc. the largest international network of independent agencies http://www.worldwidepartners.com/
Prior to 2001 I enjoyed a 26-year career in UK advertising working for ten UK agencies for more than thirty companies on over fifty brands, so there are very few market sectors of which I don't have direct personal experience.
Amongst many IPA projects, I was closely involved with the IPA Effectiveness Awards http://www.ipaeffectivenessawards.co.uk/Home IPA TouchPoints http://www.ipa.co.uk/touchpoints now licensed for the USA by MBI http://www.mediabehavior.com/ and the validation and development of my 'Diagonal Thinking' concept www.diagonalthinking.co.uk
I have co-authored 'Brand Spirit' with Marjorie Thompson, 'Brand Manners' with William Gordon, 'Brand Immortality' with Peter Field, 'Spending Advertising Money in the Digital Age' with Jim Marshall, and written 'Celebrity Sells'.
My full profile is on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=hb_tab_pro_top
I just finished reading my review copy of this book and I am very impressed. This book is must reading for brand managers and anyone involved in marketing management.
Drawing conclusions and culling data from 880+ case studies submitted to the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) dataBANK and detailing numerous case studies from winners of the IPA Effectiveness Awards, the authors have compellingly made the case as to why the eventual death of any given brand is not an inevitable fact of life. The authors point out the pitfalls and dangers in much current thinking in the field of marketing.
This book delivers some visionary thinking about how to view your brands in the face of decreasing control over brand messages by you and increasing control by consumers. Your customers and the market will determine what your brand really means and it is up to you to listen first and only then continually develop and hone your brand's personality, emotional elements and communications in order to stay unique, salient and profitable.
Learn why applying the Boston Matrix to brands is dangerous and why tagging your brands with labels like "cash cows", "dogs', and "question marks" almost assures them of eventual death. Learn how to make your brands transcend product categories to live long and prosperous lives. Learn the truth about how the effectiveness of TV advertising has actually grown over the past 25 years despite what you may have heard or read about its alleged demise and decreasing relevancy. Learn about the fallacy of Rosser Reeves and why people who buy your brand are more aware of your brand rather then the other way around.Read more ›
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