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Latest Thinking

Today marks a historic moment in Aston Martins forward history: James Bond’s favorite car brand is selling about 25% of its shares. Time to pause and reflect....

The widely spread assumption is that there is power in collaboration. In reality, the actual power is not in the process of collaboration on its own. Exponential power only unfolds if and when the right individuals, organizations, agents or brands collaborate in...

How is demand going to be influenced? What are the key areas to bear in mind when strengthening the brand and creating demand beyond the inevitable, tactical focus of pushing for short-term results?...

A brand's language reflects its culture. A cultured brand, therefore, is one that celebrates language. Brands usually communicate in an articulate manner both externally and internally, focusing on two important factors: the context and the addressee. These two factors do not alter the overall...

Published in the Journal of Brand Strategy 2017 Volume 6 Number 1 --- Abstract Navigating towards a substantially better future requires a balanced commitment of long-term vision and strategic decision making. In order for a brand to navigate towards a future where it thrives rather...

I feel privileged to be working with some fascinating brands and their teams not just on articulating their brand propositions (strategy), but also on the plans and actions to get these heard (tactics). It is the combination of both that provides depth,...

Der Marktwert von Tesla hat vor Kurzem denjenigen der Ford Motor Company überholt. Oder anders ausgedrückt: Ein Unternehmen, das kaum ein Jahrzehnt alt ist und 26.000 Autos pro Jahr verkauft, ist mehr Wert als ein Jahrhundert-altes Unternehmen, das jedes Jahr mehr als 3,6...

Tesla just overtook Ford Motor Company in market value. Or in other words, a company that is barely a decade old and sells 26’000 cars a year is worth more than a century old company finding every year more than 3.6 million...

Wann geben wir das Lenkrad endgültig aus der Hand? Wann heben die ersten Drohnenautos ab? Markus Kramer wurde eingeladen im Rahmen des  Autosalons in Genf (Geneva International Motor Show) eine eine fiktive Zeitreise zu machen. (ursprünglich publiziert im Print-Format als Teil der 'Geneva...

Strategische Marken & Kommunikations-Prognose: Vielen Dank an alle, welche über die Festtage ein wenig ihrer wertvollen Zeit für meine kurze "Brand Impact 2017" Umfrage zur Verfügung gestellt haben – ich wünschen einen super Start ins Neue Jahr! Auf den Punkt: was bringt 2017? Die Herausforderungen eines...

Snapchatization – oder vielleicht sogar noch treffender: Snap-barkeit oder eben Snap-ability. Zum aktuellen Zeitpunkt gibt es drei zentrale Fragen, die gestellt werden müssen: Warum ist es für Vermarkter, Markenmanager und Unternehmer wichtig, die Auswirkungen von Snapchatization auf den Medienkonsum zu verstehen? Was...

Markenstrategie mit Turbolader: Die Analyse einer Marke wird manchmal mit der Analyse des Unternehmens verwechselt. Vor kurzem hatte ich die Ehre mit dem wahrscheinlich ikonischsten Hersteller von schnellen Sportwagen zu arbeiten: Ferrari! Ich glaube es ist lohnenswert, sich zu Kernprinzipien der Markenbildung mit...

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.” - Coco Chanel In an ever more connected world it is evident that we are succeeding in boosting the quantity and speed of connections. However, it...

Conventional marketers are measuring the right things with the wrong measurement instruments. The severe addiction of judging performance by traffic, ratings, online engagement percentages, followers and conversion rates is becoming almost preposterous. The management consultant and one of the greatest statisticians of...

Looking at the fleeting pace of 21st century business models, luxury represents a stark contrast. Timeless, enduring, always striving for penultimate quality, sophistication and  differentiation at the cost of being polarizing. The principles that underpin the very notion of luxury have a...

When exploring what drives change, it is often helpful to adopt an outside perspective. What provides the strategic canvas when looking at broader shifts on how customer, brands and their propositions evolve? One such approach is to take a seat in a...

Up and Onwards to a Year of Greatness! Take a look past the operational implications of taking your brand digital, social and mobile. Beyond the aspects of continuing to build Omni channel mechanics, organizational alignment and marketing effectiveness. We are all fully into...

Note: first written for and published in Brand Quarterly Global Edition Jul 15 How come a 6-year old company offering on-demand car service (if you haven’t heard of them, they go by the name of Uber) can be worth $40 billion? And why...

The great Greek philosophers put the meaning of life over everything else - from which all doing would draw value and utility. For businesses, value and meaning were once simple concepts, contained in the practical aspects of a product. A formula where...

Based on concepts as old as humanity itself, luxury represents the discipline of branding in its finest essence and stands true at the pinnacle of differentiation. It is the antidote of commoditization. The intangibles within luxury are powerful drivers of growth, generating...

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