Brand Revolution: Rethinking Brand Identity

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Palgrave Macmillan, Nov 9, 2012 - Business & Economics - 162 pages
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Brand Revolution goes against the traditional approaches to brand management, and shows the need for a radical shift in the way we think about marketing. It puts into practice an original method developed over years of consulting with some of Europe's top luxury brands, as well as the author's experience teaching business and marketing to students and professionals in Europe, the UK, and the United States. Classical marketing sees a brand as an attempt to express a set of core values. This conventional approach fails to grasp that the content of these core values does not (and indeed cannot) define a brand's identity. Instead, the identity of a brand is something which is affected by the relationship with the consumer, the end user, and is constantly in flux. Organizations need to know how to react to changes in their reputation to manage their brand identity. Drawing on communication theory, which uses identity as a function and result of relationships, Brand Revolution begins with an in-depth exploration of the concept of identity, and then applies this new understanding to marketing and brands. It offers a critical yet constructive new method, the "fingerprinting method," for analyzing brands and helping them grow and change in a constantly evolving market.With big brand case studies such as L'Oreal and Jaguar, the author draws on her extensive experience as a brand and marketing consultant for international organizations to put together this highly engaging and practical book for developing, improving, and controlling the identity of your brand.

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MARIE-CLAUDE SICARD is an Associate marketing Professor at CELSA (Paris IV Sorbonne), France, a well-known expert on brands, and a consultant for French & international companies with her company MCPS Conseil, Brand Analysis and Strategy Consultancy. As a strategic marketing consultant, her clients have included L'Oreal, Lancome, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Kellogg's, Porsche, Jaguar, Renault, Dior, Louis Vuitton, tourism companies (Club Med), medias and banks (such as BNP Paribas). She fi rst published this book in France as Brand Identity: A Methodology (Identite de marque, la methode de reference en marketing qualitatif), where it is now the standard reference book in the field. In addition to the permanent teaching positions she holds at the Sorbonne (Paris and Abu Dhabi), she lectures and consults around the world, most often in the USA and Asia (China, Japan, India) and speaks at international seminars and conferences. She is often interviewed in the media for her innovative views on branding.