Land of the Sun’s origin

In the 80’s, two of my most favourite TV shows were Japanese. Saiyūki or ‘Monkey Magic‘ as it was more commonly known in Australia, was a fantastical series produced by Nippon TV, based on a 16th century Chinese novel ‘Journey to the West‘. It melded eastern mysticism, with absurd storylines and comical martial arts scenes,…

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How green is your luxury product?

If there can be such a thing as a silver-lining to this pandemic, it’s the soul searching we’ve had to face up to as consumers. The complete change of lifestyle born out of lockdown restrictions has not only forced us to question our own mortality, but evaluate every part of our ‘before times’ behaviours. It…

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What will it take to rebuild Brand America?

On the eve of the 2020 U.S presidential election, it’s nigh impossible to predict who will come out victorious when the world begins to stir come Wednesday morning. The incumbent – an infantile narcissist of a man who’s built a rabid following off the back of polarizing rhetoric, is pitted against an experienced, yet somewhat…

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Under the influence of role models

I’ve spoken a lot about personal branding in my posts. But one of the areas I haven’t really explored is the connection between the brand you build and how this lends itself to being a role model for others. There’s been plenty of talk this week regarding Serena Williams’s post-pregnancy comeback. And so there should…

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A Lesson in Personal Branding

Arranged by a headhunter, I was having my first ‘getting to know you’ session with the CEO of a tech start-up. He was looking to appoint a marketing leader, and all the omens signaled them as the next big thing in the world of pre-IPO startups. To say I was interested would be an understatement….

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The Absurdity of a Superbrand

This weekend’s Guardian newspaper (a UK broadsheet) included the annual Superbrands 2016 supplement, which inevitably caught my interest. Billed as ‘independently commissioned research to identify the country’s leading brands’, the report reflects ‘the opinions of thousands of members of the British public and business professionals’. Hmmm…. fair enough. And then I got to the results page….

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What Brands Can Learn from RuPaul’s Drag Race

If a brand is the ultimate representation of the sum of all it’s parts, then RuPaul Andre Charles is nothing short of the ultimate personal brand. Emerging from the underground scene in the 80’s to become a mainstay of the LGBT cultural landscape, RuPaul is revered and respected for pioneering the crossover of illusion-based cabaret…

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Sight and Sound. A Marriage Made in Heaven

It would be impossible to deny the emotive qualities of music. At a time when a lot has been said about how brands must strive to create emotional connections, I can’t think of a more powerful way to connect with consumers to further enhance a story. The history of brand advertising is scattered with examples of…

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