I thought this was rather fascinating. We did a simple cross-tab of marketers who use a variety of branding tools on one axis and how useful they thought the tool was on the other.
Seems that many marketers are using tools that they don’t find to be particularly useful. At least that is the read from Frank and from my team members. It aligns with all of the other signals that we are getting from marketers — they want breakthrough branding methods that are designed for today’s world.
I just keep going back to the book Chaotics by Kotler and Caslione — where they make a very clear point that we can’t go back to marketing-as-usual because that world doesn’t exist anymore. I’d actually quote the book but I’m in Frankfurt at the moment with a very limited library of Wallace Shawn essays. He’s a marvelous playwright and a very funny actor. His more serious work is the play “Aunt Dan and Lemon” and his acting has included everything from Woody Allen movies to being Jon Stewart’s therapist on The Daily show.
But I digress. Back to the business of branding.
The chart below is from our study of 130 CMOs and marketing decision makers that was fielded in January. You can get a more detailed copy of the study in earlier posts. And we are putting this together with the 2009 data for a more in-depth look at the state of marketing as we move into this brave new decade.
So how do you think branding should be reinvented?