Does MTV have a new logo or
did the browser download stop too soon?

February 9th, 2010

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Good thing they announced the “change,” otherwise we would’ve missed it. Of course, a new logo won’t turn around the channel’s image without improved programming. That said, a change in visual identity could

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Who dat owner? David or Goliath?

February 2nd, 2010

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The National Football League in a public display of foolishness sent official cease and desist letters to several small Louisiana T-shirt shop owners ordering them to stop producing and selling t-shirts bearing the phrase “Who dat.” It seems the NFL Read the rest of this entry »

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

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. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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.

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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. … Read the rest of this entry »

BCS National Championship and Brand Identity.

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?

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

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!

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This is noticeable because the logo designs have some level of uniqueness and the element of uniqueness is similar. When… Read the rest of this entry »

Being recognized for who you are.

December 31st, 2009

The risks and rewards of “Profiling.”

Profiling has become a “dirty word” in America. Probably because of its association with the practice of “racial profiling.” Indeed, in a perfect world people would not be judged by appearances. Of course this is no perfect world but with laws against it and public opinion all across the country firmly opposed to it, do we still see it in operation? Does it provide some unique benefit to those employing it? A benefit that we cannot replace?

The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 forced a debate. And December 2009’s two incidents involving Nigerian Muslims on Delta flights to Detroit have renewed the debate. Read the rest of this entry »

The significance of a logo redesign.

August 4th, 2009

Is The Detroit Lions Logo Change Appropriate?

President Obama said it was time for change. And apparently the beleaguered Detroit Lions got the message. At a news conference April 20, 2009 the Lions announced that they changed their Logo from the one they’ve had since 1961. And it’s a good thing they told us they changed it, because if they hadn’t, it’s doubtful anyone would’ve noticed. Of course, Lions president Tom Lewand also admitted the obvious saying that this won’t turn around the team’s image unless the team improves on the football field. That said, a change in visual identity could serve as a powerful signal for change on the field and can motivate and encourage fan support. It’s an important clue. No other initiative offers more promise in enabling business transformation than effective branding. The key word however, is “effective.” By accurately defining the new company position, expressing it consistently through all marketing materials and forming tight alignment across the organization, it will: Read the rest of this entry »

Hello!

July 30th, 2009

Welcome! Enjoy our blog. Who are we? We’re a team of professionals experienced at creating Branding and Marketing designed to increase both sales and business valuation for clients. The SessionsGroup has achieved over 25 years of established credibility in the planning, design and production of corporate communications materials. We apply our creativity within a strategic framework and have demonstrated all the qualities necessary for creating effective branding, marketing and advertising. And in response to numerous requests, we’ve started this blog. We hope to have the time to post, and that our posts are all interesting. We’ll also post a few of our articles previously published in business papers and magazines, if relevant.

Unique window of opportunity today for smart community banks.

November 7th, 2008
Originally published in the Houston Business Journal, November 7, 2008

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The catastrophe brutalizing the banking industry is at the forefront of both the news and main street conversations around the world. A Gallup survey measuring consumer confidence in banks taken in late September showed an unprecedented drop from 40% in mid-July and is the lowest level in thirty years. Only 21% of consumers polled are confident in U.S. banks today. This erosion of confidence Read the rest of this entry »