True to such observations as "Simple trumps everything," Adamson boils down his 25-plus years of experience in brand development to provide six clear steps to understanding what makes a good brand. Along the way, the current managing director for Landor Associates (a firm within Young & Rubicam) discusses how to sync branding signals with the "brand idea" to serve a company's business strategy. Using examples such as Apple and FedEx, he explains how the brand idea can be turned into an internal rallying cry so that the message is reinforced in the packaging and employees pass it along to current and potential customers. Throughout, he provides a dynamic first-person commentary on the thought process and activities that went into creating and repositioning iconic brands like American Express, HBO and eBay, though it can be odd in cases where he wasn't personally involved. Unlike other branding gurus, Adamson doesn't celebrate the industry's mystique and keeps his discussion jargon-free. The charts and graphs are immediately understandable and the exercises doable. The result is an unusually readable how-to book that will help anyone involved with branding understand what works and why. (Oct.)
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In a world of information overload and lack of trust in major institutions, the power of a simple idea conveyed through branding is more important than ever. (Richard Edelman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Worldwide
An unusually readable how-to book that will help anyone involved in branding understand what works and why. (Publishers Weekly
Allen Adamson reminds us that a product is out there but a brand is in our mind. A great brand is based on a simple idea that is unique and relevant. He supplies guidelines and dozens of examples that will inspire the reader who is hoping to develop a breakthrough brand idea. (Philip Kotler, S. C. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management
is a must-read for building and maintaining a powerful brand. Adamson cuts to the chase on what's important for brand success. (Eric Kessler, President, Sales and Marketing, HBO
In this wonderfully engaging book, Allen Adamson explains why the best, most successful brands are based on ideas that are simple to understand. In a world inundated with brands, Allen makes it clear how and why the most powerful brands know the secret is simple. (Beth Comstock, President, Digital Media, NBC Universal
It takes a long time to build a brand and a long time to kill one, so it pays to know what you're doing. If someone asked me for one
book to read on brands--what they are and how to build them, I'd direct him or her to BrandSimple.
Allen Adamson has captured basic and enduring brand concepts, explained them lucidly, and demonstrated their validity with lots of relevant case histories. The book lives up to its title. (Kenneth Roman, Former Chairman/CEO, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide
In this highly informative and entertaining book, Adamson cuts to the chase about what does and doesn't matter with branding. From his unique vantage point as a leader of the world's premier brand consultancy, he offers a wealth of examples to cogently argue that less can be more. Any marketer will enjoy and learn from this engaging book. (Kevin Keller, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
This book will help you see that the greatest brand opportunity might be right in front of your nose, but maybe too close to see. It illustrates how the simplest of notions will translate to a complex set of expectations that a true brand must live up to. And it is written in a way that is elegantly simple--a book that both veterans and novices will delight in. (Ed Faruolo, VP, Brand Strategy & Integration, CIGNA Corporation
In the new economic world order dominated by excess supply and a powerful drive toward commoditization, the future product and service winners will be the stronger brands. Allen Adamson's BrandSimple
paves the way to the building of enduring, powerful brands. A must-read from one of the leaders of the world's greatest brand consultancy. (Peter Georgescu, former Chairman/CEO of Young & Rubicam and author of The Source of Success: Five Enduring Principles at the Heart of Real Leadership
In a world of communication bombardment, excessive choice, and increasingly rapid change, there is a large premium in effectively managing the signals that define a brand. The author draws from his rich experience and from examples in multiple industries to distill the simple principles that can make manageable the most complex marketing issues. (Toni Belloni, COO, LVMH Group
Difficult is easy. Simple is tough. With BrandSimple, Adamson delivers the goods simply and directly--a tough and daring thing to do. (Joel Saltzman, author of Shake That Brain!: How to Create Winning Solutions and Have Fun While You're at It.)