The Infinite Asset: Managing Brands to Build New Value

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Harvard Business School Press, 2001 - Business & Economics - 238 pages
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Remember when brand management was as straightforward as promoting a single product or service? Today, brands mingle so much-McDonald's and Disney partner on promotional giveaways, Subaru markets an L.L. Bean edition of the Outback, Toys R Us and jointly launch an online toy store-a whole system of brands can make or break a product and a career. Once content to "mind their own brands," marketers need a radically different game plan to succeed in this complex marketplace.

In The Infinite Asset, Sam Hill and Chris Lederer unveil an ingenious strategy-the Brand Portfolio Approach-that exponentially increases the value of brands by exploding them beyond the boundaries of their division or even their parent company. The authors argue that a company's brand portfolio must reflect how the target customer actually views the brand; it must encompass every brand-whether the company owns it or not-that affects the buying decision.

Based on thirty years of consulting experience and extensive research across industries, the authors introduce a breakthrough 3-D mapping tool-the brand portfolio molecule-that lets managers visualize all elements of a brand and how they interact to create new value. Compelling case studies apply the model to the brand strategies of companies including 3M, Cadillac, Miller Beer, and Yahoo!. In addition, a comprehensive set of implementation tools guide marketers in using the model to:
· identify the "lead brand" in the eyes of the customer
· find and fill product holes
· decide whether to extend, prune, or reposition a brand
· arrive at the right number of brands
· determine how and when to use a corporate brand as an umbrella
· allocate marketing funds most effectively
· trace brand value using informative metrics
· convert brand equity into shareholder value and more

The first to provide a holistic model for brand value creation and management, this book is the must-have guide to leveraging every company's infinite asset for lasting competitive advantage.

Sam Hill was Chief Marketing Officer at Booz·Allen & Hamilton; he is now a partner at Helios Consulting and co-author of Radical Marketing. Chris Lederer, once a brand manager at Lever Brothers and a Senior Associate at Booz·Allen, is also a partner at Helios.

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Sam Hill was Chief Marketing Officer at Booz Allen & Hamilton; he is now a partner at Helios Consulting and co-author of Radical Marketing.

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