Image Maker and Brand Developer

The Brand Development Process--Positioning and Pricing.

Posted by Ken Gasque on Dec 28, 2017 9:32:59 AM

You don’t have to compete on price.  So, why do you?

Market penetration?  Maybe it’s because it seems to be the easiest way to get into the market.  Or fear.  Afraid you will be undercut and your prospect will not perceive enough of a difference to pay more. Price can indicate your product is scarce or plentiful.  Price tells the consumer a lot about what you think about your product or service.  Price even affects what your prospect thinks of your product.   Setting your price is a critical decision.  But before you begin pricing review your marketing mix— the 4P’s, product, price, place, promotion; and I always include positioning--position product for marketing. What is your position? Product positioning is what comes to mind when your target market thinks about your product compared to your competitor’s products.  Never, ever compete on price! Tell me how.

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Topics: Branding, Brand, Brand development process, Brand Image-Maker,, brand image makers, Design

Advertise and Make Something Happen Brand Developer

Posted by Ken Gasque on Mar 22, 2017 4:18:13 PM

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Topics: Branding, Brand, Brand Image-Maker,, advertise, brand developing

A Brand Developer Can Learn From Dog Marketing

Posted by Ken Gasque on Oct 25, 2016 8:07:07 AM


 Over generations Labrador Retrievers (or insert the dog of your choice
because it is universal) have honed their skills as an art form that we humans call marketing and advertising. You can observe month old puppies already applying branding tactics that will serve them all of their life. They know instinctively the brand marketing basics:

  • Show up
  • Differentiate
  • Pay attention
  • Don’t Quit

They are the original brand developers.


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Topics: Marketing, Brand, Brand developer, don't quit, brand developing, differentiate

A brand developer proverb--"Advertise...duh!"

Posted by Ken Gasque on Oct 5, 2016 10:32:43 AM


That is the caption for my next tee shirt. Yes, I like tee shirt marketing. It’s fun. People like tee shirts. It’s a challenge to capture a meaningful message in a few words that grabs people’s imagination and stimulates their interest.  The investment is low, can be less than $300 for 50 shirts.      If you have a creative message your audience will wear them and create brand awareness for you for free. It’s not your audience, you say…don’t be so sure. Everybody likes creative messages and almost everybody wears tee shirts at home and in public. Put your message on a tee shirt and spread the word for years to come.  Try it.  It’s a start for doing some outrageous marketing where the returns are really effective.  Sometimes a brand developer wants to be a guerilla marketer.

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Topics: Differentiation, Brand, Brand Image-Maker,, advertise, inbound marketing

Brand Development Killers You Should Know If You're A Brand Developer

Posted by Ken Gasque on Sep 8, 2016 3:15:11 PM

Not that you want to kill your brand. These are five stumbling blocks that get you labeled but not branded. If you are not careful and aware of what is happening your customers will define who you are and label your product or service. Brand developers constantly monitor social media and talk to customers because they know listening gives them the edge.  9 Steadfast Rules of Branding

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Topics: Brand development, Branding, Brand, Brand developer

Brand developers what is your most important tool?

Posted by Ken Gasque on Aug 9, 2016 12:02:17 PM

Your logo, if you do it right.

Starbucks logo is like a beacon—welcoming and inviting. The story is Starbucks adopted a Siren–“a seductive mystery mixed with a nautical theme.” She is at the heart of Starbucks… “she’s a muse –always there, inspiring us and pushing us ahead. And she’s a promise too, inviting all of us to find what we’re looking for, even if it’s something we haven’t even imagined yet.” These are the feelings of Starbucks management describing their logo and building their brand.

FREE LOGO QUIZ Test Your Logo Knowlege


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Topics: Image Branding, Differentiation, Branding, Brand, Brand development process, Brand developer

Do you need Brand-Aid?

Posted by Ken Gasque on May 3, 2016 11:53:00 AM

I am sure you have heard the phrase ‘What gets measured gets done.’ I think it’s true because it focuses attention on the thing that is important.   Business consultant and writer Tom Peters agreed and said, “I think  "What gets measured gets done" is the soundest management advice I've ever heard.

And my favorite brand development quote is also from Tom Peters.  He said “distinct... or extinct.”  Very succinct and elegant.  If you are not different you will not survive.  Following are some other things you should check to see if you need Brand-Aid.

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Topics: Branding, Brand, Brand Image-Maker,, Rebrand

Why should I want a brand

Posted by Ken Gasque on Apr 18, 2016 3:13:23 PM

There are several reasons for developing a brand: greater ROI, build equity in the business, create new opportunities, competitive advantage, and survival to name a few. The most important compelling reason for most owners and CEO’s is better ROI. If you are not a brand you are a commodity. Then price is everything and the low cost producer is the only winner” per Philip Kotler, professor at the Kellogg School of Management.

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Topics: Branding, Creative, Brand

Be First or Be Different and Be a Successful Brand Developer

Posted by Ken Gasque on Jul 24, 2015 11:37:55 AM

Being first with a good idea is really difficult and may not happen but once in your lifetime, if it happens then. Apple’s iPod, Coca-Cola, WD-40, Dixie Cups, Post-it Notes, Duct Tape, and Google are just a few great ideas that were first to the market.

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Topics: Image Branding, Branding, Brand

What is perception? How did it affect America’s “First Genius?”

Posted by Ken Gasque on May 22, 2015 7:58:00 AM

What is perception?

Most people don’t know the name of the man credited with the more practical and successful inventions than any other American. He sold most of his inventions for relatively small amounts of money compared to the returns realized by the people who bought them.  Why did he sell? He seemed to lose interest once the device was invented and he always wanted a quick return.   He lacked the power of conviction and did not have faith in his ideas? What was his perception?

            Walter Hunt born in 1796 in Martinsburg in upstate New York. Industrial historians consider Walter Hunt to be America’s “First Genius” yet he died in 1859 relatively unknown and some say in poverty.   His son did manage to sell some of his patients but was not able to create any lasting memory of his father. 

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Topics: Brand, What is perception

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