Monthly Archives: November 2009

How Do You Do IT?

How do you create a great brand? Well, great brands become great by doing great things. Making brave decisions and sticking to their principles. In September 1962 the then un-known Beatles were desparately looking for their first number one hit. Their first single, Love me do, had failed to reach the top of the charts. The pressure was very much on them to produce a hit – and quick. Their producer George (now Sir George) Martin offered them a song he had called ‘How do you do it?’. Martin promised them a sure fire number one record, and the fame and fortune that would follow. But The Beatles turned him down, on the grounds that the record wasn’t right for them – and actually didn’t live up to the standards they were setting themselves. How many brands given the same ‘pressure’ to perform in the short term would really stick to their own principles and do the right thing for the longer term perspective? It’s a key question and one that sets great brands apart. As for the song, ‘How do you do it? eventually became a number one hit in the UK, as predicted, but for another Liverpool band called Gerry & The Pacemakers. The Beatles however, went on to rather greater things. img_1124.JPG This Liverpool inspired story is also relevant for another reason. I’ve just had the pleasure of an action packed three day weekend in the great city, visiting museums, Beatles exhibits and going to Anfield to see Liverpool play. Liverpool is a great city – and a great place brand. In 2008 it was awarded the title European City of Culture and absolutely deserved the title. The Liverpool regeneration project is without doubt huge and the impact on the city and it’s population profound. Great place brands are defined by doing great things and Liverpool is intent on doing just that. The city buzzes with life and energy and whilst investing heavily to make dramatic change to their urban landscape the heritage of the city has been carefully preserved – and that’s what gives the city its ‘edge’. That’s how great brands, and Liverpool, do it. Cheap Windows 7 Ultimate Discount Order Windows 7 Ultimate Discount Order Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Discount Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Cheap Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Cheap Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus

Two days & nights with Lloyd George & brands

Well, not exactly with Lloyd George, but certainly bathed in his presence. Stayed in north Wales at the ex British Prime Ministers former country house, Ty Newydd, in Llanystumdwy. Try saying that after a glass of wine – it actually helps. Had two very interesting days and nights working with John Simmons, ex head of verbal identity at Interbrand, considering the main issues in bringing a brand to life. Too many brands struggle to express any form of character or personality – and then wonder why they fail to differentiate themselves from competitors and stand out. It’s really about not being afraid to bring personality to the brand. Just creating templates that are all the same as each other is not the answer. Can highly recommend a trip to Ty Newydd and Llanystumdwy, where you can visit the Lloyd George museum, designed and built by Sir Clough Williams Ellis (he of Portmeirion fame), and his grave. Information about Ty Newydd can be found on their website. Buy Windows 7 Ultimate Buy Windows 7 Ultimate Order Windows 7 Ultimate Discount Order Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection Order Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Buy Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus Discount Microsoft Office 2010 Professional Plus