Brand Strategy

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How brands can respond to cancel culture in 2021

In a year many of us wished had been cancelled, it should not surprise anyone that ‘cancel culture’ peaked in 2020, Landor & Fitch executive director insights and analytics for the Americas, Maarten Lagae, says. And it’s going to remain front and centre in 2021, too.

New brand name for Coon Cheese revealed

Six months after bowing to consumer backlash against the racial overtones of its iconic Australian cheese brand, Coon has announced ‘Cheer Cheese’ as the new name for its product from July this year.

Strategy

10 unusual examples of brand partnerships in 2020

​One of the interesting things to come out of this year’s unprecedented market conditions was a rethink around external partnerships and collaborations by local and global brands. Here, we highlight a few of the more unusual, unlikely pairings we saw during 2020 and why they were explored by the brands engaging in them.

Leadership

Bringing the SPC brand back from the brink

With a history that stretches back over 100 years, SPC has been a familiar brand in Australian pantries and on supermarket shelves. But the company had languished in recent years following its acquisition by Coca Cola Amatil in 2005, recording falling sales and significant losses.

Why Curtin University launched a new campaign during the Covid crisis

​Curtin University has recently launched its first major brand campaign in more than five years, ‘Change is Here’, an integrated campaign created by AnalogFolk Sydney. The campaign taps into young people’s desire to see real change in a world now defined by unprecedented uncertainty, and will run across TV, radio, outdoor, digital and social.

Social Media

Nestle confirms new brand names for Allen's Lollies

Nestlé has taken the wrappers off new brand names for its Australian Allen's lollies, Red Skins and Chicos, after deciding to rename the products in response to rising racial sensitivity globally.

Digital Marketing

How amaysim worked out how to do the right thing during COVID-19

Of the many trends in marketing content that have emerged through 2020, one of the most common has been displays of empathy. But how well those messages landed probably had more to do with how people felt about the brands to begin with rather than the quality of the communications themselves.

Digital Marketing

Why Brightcove rebranded during a pandemic

​Brightcove is one of the hidden platforms that power online services – sometimes little known to consumers, yet integral to the workings of many digital services. In this case, Brightcove has rolled out its online video platform widely across the web, and its roster of customers includes Nine Digital, Seven Network, TVNZ, Stuff Limited, Bunnings, Deloitte, Department of Education NSW, NAB, SEEK, and Xero.

Giving the New Zealand Natural brand a new lease on life

For the past few years, Scott Koetsier and the sales and marketing team at Emerald Foods have been pondering exactly where the boundaries lie for one of his company’s most prized ice cream brands, New Zealand Natural, and asking how they can be expanded.

Measurement & Analytics

The Covid effect: Which brand has fared best this year?

Technology brands have dominated the top global brands of 2020 ,with Apple coming in first place, followed by Amazon and Microsoft, according to Interbrand’s 21st annual Best Global Brands report.

Digital Marketing

How Spacenow increased reach by 600 per cent during the pandemic

Some businesses owe their rapid growth to being in the right place at the right time. But such a feat should almost be expected of Sydney-based startup, Spacenow, whose entire business model is based on putting clients into the right space at the right time.

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Blog Posts

A Brand for social justice

In 2020, brands did something they’d never done before: They spoke up about race.

Dipanjan Chatterjee and Xiaofeng Wang

VP and principal analyst and senior analyst, Forrester

Determining our Humanity

‘Business as unusual’ is a term my organisation has adopted to describe the professional aftermath of COVID-19 and the rest of the tragic events this year. Social distancing, perspex screens at counters and masks in all manner of situations have introduced us to a world we were never familiar with. But, as we keep being reminded, this is the new normal. This is the world we created. Yet we also have the opportunity to create something else.

Katja Forbes

Managing director of Designit, Australia and New Zealand

Should your business go back to the future?

In times of uncertainty, people gravitate towards the familiar. How can businesses capitalise on this to overcome the recessionary conditions brought on by COVID? Craig Flanders explains.

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CEO, Spinach

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