Emotional Branding: The New Paradigm for Connecting Brands to People

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Allworth Press, 2009 - Business & Economics - 325 pages
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Emotional Branding is the best selling revolutionary business book that has created a movement in branding circles by shifting the focus from products to people. The “10 Commandments of Emotional Branding” have become a new benchmark for marketing and creative professionals, emotional branding has become a coined term by many top industry experts to express the new dynamic that exists now between brands and people.
The emergence of social media, consumer empowerment and interaction were all clearly predicted in this book 10 years ago around the new concept of a consumer democracy. In this updated edition, Marc Gobé covers how social media helped elect Barack Obama to the White House, how the idea behind Twitter is transforming our civilization, and why new generations are re-inventing business, commerce, and management as we know it by leveraging the power of the web.
In studying the role of women as "shoppers in chief, "and defining the need to look at the marketplace by recognizing differences in origins, cultures, and choices, Emotional Branding foresaw the break up of mass media to more targeted and culturally sensitive modes of communications. As the first marketing book ever to study the role of the LGBTQ community as powerful influencers for many brands, Emotional Branding opened the door to a renewed sensitivity toward traditional research that privilege individuality and the power of the margins to be at the center of any marketing strategy.
A whole segment in the book looks at the role of the senses in branding and design. The opportunity that exists in understanding how we feel about a brand determines how much we want to buy. By exploring the 5 senses, Emotional Branding shows how some brands have built up their businesses by engaging in a sensory interaction with their consumers.
Emotional Branding explores how effective consumer interaction needs to be about senses and feelings, emotions and sentiments. Not unlike the Greek culture that used philosophy, poetry, music, and the art of discussion and debate to stimulate the imagination, the concept of emotional branding establishes the forum in which people can convene and push the limits of their creativity. Through poetry the Greeks invented mathematics, the basis of science, sculpture, and drama. Unless we focus on humanizing the branding process we will lose the powerful emotional connection people have with brands.
Critics hailed Emotional Branding as a breakthrough and a fresh approach to building brands. Design in this book is considered a new media, the web a place where people will share information and communicate, architecture a part of the brand building process, and people as the most powerful element of any branding strategy. Most importantly, it emphasizes the need to transcend the traditional language of marketing--from one based on statistics and data to a visually compelling new form of communication that fosters creativity and innovation.

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Review: Emotional Branding: The New Paradigm for Connecting Brands to People

User Review  - Marcel Brussee - Goodreads

The first half of this book is certainly interesting, but he second half is not half as interesting. Read full review

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

great book for all marketers out there! Very relevant with good content on Gen Y. Read full review

About the author (2009)

Marc Gobé is the co-founder and former CEO of Desgrippes Gobé, one of the top 10 branding firms in the world. He is now the President of Emotional Branding LLC, a NY-based experiemental think tank and consulting firm. Designer, photographer, filmmaker, respected author, and sought after public speaker, Gobé focuses on connecting brands emotionally with people in a positive way. Marc Gobé has received numerous design awards from publications and institutions including ID magazine, Interiors, Graphis, VM+SD, the Brand Design Association, the Art Directors Club, and Clio. He is a member of the exclusive world-class network of Vantage Marketplace LLC, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs. Marc has been profiled in and has written articles for most leading international media brands in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He is a regular design columnist on BusinessWeek.com. Gobé is the author of three previous books with Allworth Press, Emotional Branding (2001), Citizen Brand (2002), and Brandjam (2007).

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