Nearly 30,000 thousand people gathered at the National Retail Federation’s Retail BIG Show 2013 to hear from thought-leaders on the challenges and opportunities in retail.  Here are key tenets from the conversations. Nine Retail Tenets for 2013 by Denise Lee Yohn from Denise Lee Yohn, Inc. […]

If we all don’t die falling off the fiscal cliff, 2013 will prove to be an interesting year for brands and businesses. The following are five (well, actually six) brands I’ll be keeping my eye on next year.  Importantly, these are not necessarily brands that I think will fare well (predicting the future is not […]

A year and a half ago, I wrote “Don’t Stop Retailin’, Blockbuster,” an encouraging post to the then-struggling video rental chain.  Blockbuster had just hired a new advertising agency and CEO Jim Keyes was mapping out his digital media-heavy plan for re-invigorating the business. I offered a different perspective saying, “While Blockbuster’s Keyes may want […]

To marketers in despair, a rebrand may be like a knight in shining armor. How better to re-awaken the passion for a brand than to create a new name and image?! Despite the promise of a fairy tale ending, more rebrands fail than succeed.  Executing a rebrand is fraught with challenges and requires some rather […]