It’s been very long and difficult couple of years for all of us since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. During that time, we, as a global society, have had to endure a magnitude of challenges, from annoying inconveniences to heart-wrenching … Read More
Licensed brands achieve greatness by design. Clear strategy, consistent brand management, implementable tactics, as well as stellar design make superstars among a sea of licensed properties that often fail to live up to expectations.
Design is a crucial component of the marketing mix. It represents both art and … Read More
Let’s face it: most of humanity can say that 2020 was one of the most difficult years of our lives due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us wince at the mere mention of the number. But, as is the case with almost every crisis that we’ve … Read More
The holy grail for any brand is to become a lifestyle brand. Having legions of fans who identify with your brand on a highly-personal level is truly amazing. When this happens for toy and entertainment brands, massive success typically follows in the form of brand licensing. However, … Read More
Regardless of how successfully a brand performs in the marketplace, there always comes a time when its package design system needs to be refreshed. Even if its design and standardization have been well-maintained by its brand owner, it may simply become outdated over time – not only … Read More
I’ve been in the toy industry for a very long time. So long, in fact, that I’m often referred to by my colleagues as an old-school industry guy. A term of endearment, for sure. But, hearing it does make me think back to the early days of … Read More
Experiential marketing is a tactic used by brands to appeal to consumers' senses to engage them more meaningfully. Experiential branding goes much deeper. It's a powerful differentiator, generating excitement and pleasure for consumers that lead to stronger brand preferences, purchases and loyalty.
Entertainment brands are experiential by their … Read More
It's always exciting and challenging to work with any new consumer product brand or entertainment property, but for the owners of these brands, the learning curve can be a steep one. The first focus has to be on creating a unique brand and building equity from scratch, … Read More
When I first met Steve Kaplan, it was clear to me that the man had a deep passion and conviction for the WAL, the acronym for his brainchild, the World Armwrestling League. I've been a diehard sports fan all my life. Being a native Philadelphian, it's difficult … Read More
As design consultants, we've placed our emphasis on developing package design systems that tell the brand story with a unique, ownable aesthetic. We've conducted pre-design research, analyzing competitors' package designs before developing unique concepts to make our clients' brands stand apart, but three major factors, while not … Read More
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