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A New Brand World: Eight Principles for Achieving Brand Leadership in the 21st Century Hardcover – March 4, 2002

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Bedbury, who headed advertising and marketing divisions for Nike and Starbucks during their phenomenal growth, coaches on establishing a memorable brand in this appealing, well-organized guide. Observing consumers overwhelmed by countless choices, he argues that now's the time to build a brand that evokes trust from its customers. "Unless your brand stands for something, it stands for nothing," he declares, as he explains methods for companies big and small to articulate their essence and ethos (their "genetic code" in Bedbury's catchy parlance) to core customers, potential customers and employees. The inside stories on Nike and Starbucks constitute the bulk, but Bedbury elaborates his belief that "the brand is the sum total of everything a company does" with lively anecdotes from the experiences of Harley-Davidson, Microsoft and others. To Bedbury, brands have not only a genetic code but also karma. As strongly as he emphasizes the need to develop growth strategies that spring organically from a brand's core, he also believes that successful brands respect or meet customers' emotional needs. The histories of his companies have provided Bedbury with much material about a company's relationship to its community, and he's especially cogent on stewardship of a brand once it's established and growing, highlighting questions of leadership and responsibility to the world beyond the office. He calls for advertising and marketing that will inspire rather than merely inform (… la "Just Do It"). In the course of explaining his eight principles, Bedbury reminds aspiring industry leaders to pay attention to simplicity, relevance and innovation while counseling them to focus patiently on the long run. (On sale Mar. 4)Forecast: Bedbury's connection to Nike and Starbucks will generate interest in his firsthand knowledge of those success stories on his author tour. His unpretentious, experience-based guidelines should gain good word-of-mouth in the business world. While his approach will be too New Age for some, detractors can't argue with his success.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Senior vice president at Starbucks in the mid-1990s, Bedbury should know all about branding. Here are his secrets.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Penguin, Inc.; 1st edition (January 15, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670030767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670030767
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By wync on October 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate enough to work briefly with Scott Bedbury during an internship at Silicon Valley startup Tellme Networks in summer of 2000. So I can vouch for the fact that not only is he a visionary business thinker, but he is also one of the most genuinely likable people I have ever met. So it was with some excitement that I picked up his book ...
As the wizard behind the brands of Nike and Starbucks, Scott probably has on of the best resumes on the planet for writing a book on developing a strong brand. The book is an excellent introduction for those who are unfamiliar with the concept of "brand", as well as a terrific resource for those engaged in the daily struggle of trying to build a powerful one.
The book covers how to discover your brand, how to manage the growth of your brand, how to champion the brand within a large company where everybody might not "get it", and how to build a strong brand by helping communities.
Real-life examples abound, highlighting the benefits that can accrue to a company with a strong brand and the disastrous consequences of ignoring issues of brand. Throughout the book we learn of brands that "get it" (Nike, Harley Davidson), brands that fell from glory (Marlboro, Levi's), brands that were revived (IBM, Apple), and brands that have never got it (Exxon, Microsoft).
What makes the book stand out in particular is Scott's wealth of personal experiences that he peppers throughout the pages. Some great examples include:
- Scott's early efforts to widen Nike's brand focus from hardcore "sports" to the more inclusive "fitness".
- Scott's decision at Nike to avoid traditional outsourced market research in favor of internal Brand Strength Monitor (BSM) focus groups.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Meyer on March 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
All to often marketers forget that a brand is a promise between you and your customers. Once you break that trust it is very hard to win customers back. This book is about the simple relationship all brands should be having with their customers and, as responsible marketers, with the community. Consumers today are more demanding than ever and unless marketers learn these lessons now they will learn later, the hard way !!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By William Gary Barrett on March 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Scott Bedbury's new book, A New Brand World acts as a wake up call at a time when many companies are giving in to the financial pressures imposed by a weakened economy and corporate consolidation by deserting Brand Marketing and with it Brand responsability. As Scott Bedbury points out in his highly entertaining and well written book, creating and maintaining a Brand is hard work and requires a long term committmenton from Senior Mangement down to everyone in the company. Brand vitality incompasses not only having a good advertising campaign, but also having a corporate committment to consistantly maintaining the brands core values and the trust created between the consumer and the Brand. In eight quickly paced chapters, Bedbury serves up a combination of case histories, insider stories and an impassioned arguement for Corporate responsabilty that speaks to his experience and observations of what worked and did not work for some of the worlds greatest marketers. With direct experience at the most Senior Marketing level with some of the Worlds most successful and respected brands including Coke, Nike and Starbuck's, A New Brand World is the ultimate insiders guide to what goes on inside that giant corporate hairball alluded to in the book.
A great read and an action plan for successful brand building, this book should be a must read for anyone involved with or wishing to become involved with Brand Marketing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shashank Tripathi on October 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is difficult to review a book that one has enjoyed reading and then say that it was not up to the mark (in terms, of course, of only my expectations.)
No doubt that Scott Bedbury's work is a fast paced read, his writing is lucid and quite frequently quotably light-hearted. There is a lot of material here for people in larger corporations or even general marketing folks. And where Bedbury truly shines is in the case studies he presents in the 8 chapters.
But if, like me, you set off on this book looking for some newfangled insights into the world of branding, this is not the book for you. The title claims to proffer "8 principles". Let's face it -- at the end of the day, principles are not that hard to create, and this becomes quite clear when you reach the end of the book and wonder if you have learnt something new.
But I am being unfairly critical. From his style, it seems an approachable business book was precisely what Bedbury's intended?
As a comprehensive introduction to the field of branding, I'd recommend "Strategic Brand Asset Management" by Keller. For a discussion of some innovative yet reasonable forms of brand creation, especially on a shoestring, I'd usually point to a PR related book or "60-minutes Brand Strategist."
But as a business book, to be read by executives on a plane and have ample to talk about, or as a non-technical introduction for neophytes to the branding industry who place less emphasis on a structured analytical framework and are more interested in a soft springboard into the field, "Emotional Branding" and this book from Bedbury are pretty near the top of my list of recommendations.
Good stuff, if you aren't expecting a summary of last decade's JCR.
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