Before writing this post, I read article after article on the new movie about Pharrell Williams’ life being told through the lens of the Lego brand in an attempt to truly understand the rationale for the partnership between the musician/producer and the toy industry’s construction toy giant. … Read More
In the world of toy and entertainment brand licensing, the consumer product licensing program style guide plays a pivotal role in delivering core and trend-based design assets to licensee partners on an annual or seasonal basis. They can range from behemoth programs for mature brands with a … Read More
One thing I could never overemphasize is the importance of establishing a perfect fit between licensed brand and licensee partner. Every licensed brand owner should pursue “perfect fits” rather than granting a license to anyone who would be willing to enter into an agreement and emblazon their … Read More
As a self-proclaimed Star Wars geek, I had been anxiously awaiting Disney+’s latest Star Wars live-action series, The Book of Boba Fett, since that feeling of sadness and emptiness washed over me after the incredible first season of The Mandalorian was over. The Book of Boba Fett debuted … Read More
It has been said that consumers vote with their wallets. Their votes are now being cast for brands that engage and entertain; that create rich environments in which they can share experiences with like-minded fans. Entertainment properties are already in the forefront of engagement. The question is: … Read More
Not a single successful licensing program in the history of successful licensing programs has ever launched without exhaustive research first being conducted to clearly define its target audience. The key to success is having a deep understanding of a brand's market. And it's the only irrefutable way … Read More
When I was 12 years old, the rock band, KISS, released their Destroyer album. One of my cousins brought it over to my house and let me listen to it. I had no idea who KISS was at the time, so I hadn't heard any of their … Read More
The marketers of strong brands inevitably turn their attention to licensing. It's a natural progression of things. Usually, their focus is on building even more brand awareness, sales and profits. It might sound counterintuitive, but that shouldn't be their primary goal. Their thought processes should be on … Read More
Maybe it's because we work with licensed entertainment properties and toy brands that were drawn to not only their unique brands, but the separate universes they create. Kids and adults find their imaginations fueled by characters with unique personalities and backstories. Ongoing storylines filled with colorful protagonists … Read More
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