Archive for January, 2010

Insulate your company from the effect of a failure of your product.

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Toyota brand strength

Why is Branding important?

Now we can see the value of a branding investment. If Toyota ever struggled to determine the value of spending money over the years to build a brand in the competitive automotive marketplace, it is suddenly becoming clear. With the revelation that 2.3 million cars must be recalled and tested for a potentially deadly flaw – their sticking accelerator pedal. This in addition to the recent recall of 4.2 million Toyota and Lexus automobiles, the car manufacturer is getting a clear revelation of the precise value of its brand. (more…)

What is more important in the marketplace, the Brand or the Product?

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Houston made the short list of cities under consideration for the 2012 Olympic Games but ultimately lost out in the final culling. But then, regarding the 2016 Olympics, Houston didn’t even make the short list. This despite having the best collection of physical assets and excellent leadership. In 2006 I wrote an article for the Houston Business Journal about this Olympic site selection review.


U.S. Olympic Committee Board Chairman Peter Ueberroth said of Mayor Bill White and Harris County Judge Bob Eckels, “They were spectacular. They were in a class by themselves in terms of administration. They were just so far ahead of any other city, it wasn’t close. … (more…)

BCS National Championship and Brand Identity.

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Which Brand has the best team?

We’ll soon find out. Meanwhile, which school has the best logo? Well, the University of Texas has a much older logo, designed in 1950. That’s 60 years ago! Few logos have survived that long. The University of Alabama’s was designed in 2002.

Evaluating brand appropriateness.

What do these animals represent? Are they suitable to each school?


Why do I want to see the Univ. of Cincinnati in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl?

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

I’m not from Cincinnati. But while watching the Florida Gators embarrass the University of Cincinnati Bearcats in the 2010 Sugar Bowl with some friends, I couldn’t help commenting about Chick-Fil-A when I saw the Cincinnati logo on the team helmets. Why? Because their logos are so similar. And since Chick-Fil-A sponsors a Bowl Game, how funny it would be to have Cincinnati play in the the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Game. In fact, it looks like they could have an advantage, ha!


This is noticeable because the logo designs have some level of uniqueness and the element of uniqueness is similar. When… (more…)