I recently was asked to speak to the executive team of a $200 billion organization about increasing the company’s competitiveness.  It was an extraordinary opportunity and I seized it by sharing my insights on how to build a brand of distinction — one that isn’t merely different, but one that stands apart and above the rest. […]

Brand differentiation is more important now than ever before.  You can’t just be better than your competitors — you must be different.  Here are five of my resources, all in one handy spot, to help you understand the new challenges and requirements to differentiate and how to achieve greater brand differentiation. […]

I originally wrote this piece for the Harvard Business Review. It was published on HRB.org on March 28, 2014. As a member of a start-up advisory program, I regularly hear pitches from aspiring technology entrepreneurs. My job is to sort out the companies with potential from those that need to go back to the drawing […]

Brands continue to grow in value, according to the analyses in Millward Brown‘s most recent BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report. Although I maintain my previously-expressed concerns with all brand valuation methodology — whether it is Interbrand’s Best Global Brands, BrandFinance Global 500, or Millward Brown’s BrandZ — the dollar values they report are […]

My colleagues over at Bulldog Drummond have assembled an informative, inspiring collection of pieces entitled, “Be the Brand.”   All are related to the central tenet that, “Brand is not a logo or a tagline. It’s a multidimensional platform that can be your greatest differentiator and competitive edge.” […]