There was plenty of discussion on StopPress about the launch of the Z brand a few weeks ago. And the first pilot station, replete with Auckland-made muffins, Hawke’s Bay-made pies and jingoistic forecourt attendants, has opened up in Greenlane, which is a good enough excuse for us to post an animation that spells out how it turned from Shell to a letter at the end of the alphabet. Whatever your thoughts on the end result, credit where credit is due for creating a fairly entertaining explanation of the process.
I recently read a great article in The Economist about Starbucks’ decision to remove the words ‘Starbucks’ and ‘coffee’ and also the circle around the siren from the logo. As the writer says, there are relatively few brands that are recognised purely by a logo—think Nike, Adidas, Playboy, McDonald’s and Apple. So it’s part of the evolution of a super brand to announce itself as such an integral part of our lives that words are no longer needed. The company now transcends the product itself, which tends to be tied in to the fact that it can now start selling things it wasn’t traditionally associated with. And for Starbucks, this means alcohol and various beverage accessories.
I got three main insights from this week’s Marketing Forum, an annual assembly of New Zealand’s top marketers. Hats off to the Marketing Association which once again pulled in 100-plus of our most senior marketers to compare notes, share war stories and drink modestly. Well mostly.
I’m always reluctant to get into discussions about logos because I don’t think I’m overly qualified to talk about them (and because everyone else thinks they are overly qualified to talk about them). Generally, those that bleat the most about logos are those that know the least about marketing; the ones who think branding is a sticker you put on an apple before you export it to Japan. But I feel the need to make a wee exception.
Hot on the heels of Interbrand’s Top 100 Brands rankings, another study conducted slightly closer to home showed similar shifts towards technology brands in Australia, with Google, Microsoft, Apple, Sony, Nokia and eBay all making it on to the top ten list.
It was less than two years ago that BNZ released its cute, fluffy, cloud-like logo into the wild. Some thought it was fresh, different and looked like toothpaste. Others thought it was too fresh, too different and too toothpastey and, therefore, lacked history and gravitas. And it seems the BNZ brand boffins agreed with the latter, because it’s gone back to its astronomical roots and changed its logo again, adding the classic Southern Cross back in, reducing the fluffiness and chopping that cheeky vestigial tail off the B.
Lemonade Design has won a competitive pitch to overhaul the Eden Park brand and rebuild its website, with both projects due for completion before the new stand is opened in the next few months. But there appears to be bit of confusion in the Eden Park ranks as to whether or not the cat should have been let out of the bag so early.
Bakers Delight has released its new long-term brand strategy and it’s decided to focus on the expertise and authenticity of its bakers and baking methods and tap into the “growing consumer demand for fresh, natural and above all real produce”. And how ’bout some simple, pleasurable Mainland butter to go with that crusty loaf?
SBS called – and they’re not happy. Late yesterday the Aussie broadcaster was still mulling over its options as whether to take legal action over TV3’s use of the line “Six billion stories and counting” – SBS’s own tagline – in its new TVC.
Earlier this week, TV3’s director …
The NSC Group, a company that specialises in the “design, implementation, management and support of highly sophisticated business technology solutions”, has completed a six-month brand refresh. And poor old Ashburton is, like, whatever.
Nickelodeon NZ has released a new logo to replace the “historical splat”, with new livery launching on-air, on-line and in all off-air marketing collateral. And the Nick brand police are obviously on high alert, chasing down transgressors who don’t follow its very strict, specific, capitalised and unintentionally entertaining logo guidelines.
The release of ANZ’s new ‘super-regional’ brand initiative is a very exciting time for the bank. So exciting, in fact, it forgot to check which country Cathedral Cove was located in.
It’s fair to say that ridiculing New Zealand towns – or, more particularly, the slogans attached to them – is one of our nation’s favourite pastimes. And we have the metrics to prove it
Town branding, as Jonathan Dodd pointed out in the Herald, has a nasty habit of being exceptionally easy to ridicule, particularly if the slogan that eventually makes it onto the welcome sign is based on lies, unrealistic expectations or blatant straw-clutching.
Of course, town branding can work. But the message …
San Francisco’s Salt has analysed the key trends that businesses must understand to build brands in these testing economic climes.
Of course, social media is in there, as well as the importance of trademarking, mobile marketing and ethical consumerism.
It’s sober, essential reading. Visit www.trendsinbranding.com.
Impression of flagship store in Newtown, Wellywood
In the most drawn-out brand merger of recent times Progressive Enterprises is finally merging Woolworth’s and Foodtown brands into the more popular Countdown.
The company has also committed to investing $1 billion over five years in a major spruce up of 20 …