Brand Design, Brand Marketing and Brand Psychology

THE Verve of Value. Why you ought to be a value brand?

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on May 15, 2019 2:43:51 PM

 

"Whatever is common is despised. Advertisements are now so numerous that they are very negligently perused, and it is therefore become necessary to gain attention by magnificence of promises, and by eloquence sometimes sublime and sometimes pathetic."

Apparently being bombarded by brand clutter is not something new. The above excerpt is part of the essay written by Samuel Johnson published on January 20, 1759, for his magazine The Idler. Moving closer to our times, in 1988, NY Times reported that a typical consumer is deluged by 5000 brand messages a day which amounts to 2 million a year.

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Topics: Brand Marketing, Brand Design, Brand Potential, Brand Exhibiting, Brand Perception, Brand Colors, Sarmistha Tarafder, Brand Power, Brand virtue, Value Brand

Exhibit Design Challenge: How Unique is your Brand?

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on May 2, 2014 6:13:00 PM

Marketing is all about making a meaningful differentiation. You simply have to look, feel and be different. Being different gets you noticed. And, “If you don’t get noticed, you don’t have anything."

 

You just have to get noticed. The challenge is how?

We live in a world of information overload. “Every two days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003,” according to former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt. Today, we are fortunate to have have way more than trillion web pages of information at our fingertips. The unfortunate part is, as humans our brains can consume only so much information at any given time. Given this digitalscape that we preside over, it is quite challenging for a brand to strike out as unique. But, if you are exhibiting at trade shows your chances of striking out as a unique brand player suddenly got a whole lot better.

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Topics: Brand Marketing, Trade Fair Design, Brand Design, Brand Potential, Brand Exhibiting, Brand Perception, Brand Colors, Trade show Booth ideas, Trade Show Booth Design, The Value of Tradeshows, Sarmistha Tarafder, Brand Power, Brand virtue

Graphic Design: Evoke Emotion | Assassination of a Famous Nut Artist!

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Jun 3, 2013 12:52:00 PM

UPDATED NOV 2016

 

 

SETTING THE SCENE — THE GUIDANCE OF GROTESQUE

 

This self-portrait was based on a drawing made by Arneson’s son Kregg when the artist and his first wife was in the midst of a marital crisis. Although the representation echoes Renaissance bust of mortally wounded martyred saints, the wildly exaggerated grotesque details—such as the exploding gun, bloody knife and arrow, and globs of blood and snot—recall the style of cartoon and comic strips.

The sculpture is one of Arneson’s most emotionally expressive self-portrait. He was prolific in creating self-portraits using photographs, mirrors, and drawings. Each expression seemed to reveal a different emotion. His self-referential portraits, that are iconic and humorous, sends us on a mission to explore universal concepts of feeling, sentiments, reaction and response.

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Topics: Trade Show Graphics, Art and nature Inspiration, Brand Design, Brand Potential, Brand Exhibiting, Brand Perception, Communication Arts, Creative Marketing, Creativity on Call, Custom Modular, Art of Enticement, Sarmistha Tarafder, Art of Creation, Creativity, Brand Power, Brand, Brand virtue

Brand Expression: Drive Demand Through Creativity!

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on May 14, 2013 1:01:00 PM

 

 

Updated March 2017

SOME BRANDS ARE CATEGORIZED AS CLASSIC

“Some critics will say Coca-Cola made a marketing mistake. Some cynics will say that we planned the whole thing. The truth is we’re not that dumb and we’re not that smart." 
Don Keough
- At the 1985 press conference announcing the return of ‘classic’ Coke following consumer backlash to New Coke

Coke is one of global brands that drives value and derives strength by constantly re-making itself. Because, once you accept your limits you can aspire towards going beyond them — both creatively and consciously.

Hence, you achieve the status of 'classic' — you somehow manage to be masterly all the time. 

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Topics: Brand Marketing, Brand Design, Brand Potential, Brand Exhibiting, Brand Perception, Communication Arts, Brand Colors, Color inspiration, Sarmistha Tarafder, Brand Power, Brand, Brand virtue, Branding, Characteristics of Famous Brands

Brand Engagement: The Kinetics of KISS

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Jul 24, 2012 12:59:00 PM

Brand Loyalty is Vanishing or Is It?

Today's web-savvy consumers are savvy deal finders. They are quick to seize on the brand or the store that offers the best deal. Hence, in an effort to increase the essence of brands; companies are on a massive crusade to bombard clients and prospects with constant messages and tooling techniques. The hope here is to reign in the distracted and disloyal customer. Unfortunately, the blitz of this downpour of marketing messages isn't empowering. It is overwhelming. "Rather than pulling customers into the fold, marketers are pushing them away with relentless and ill-conceived efforts to engage."

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Topics: Brand Marketing, Brand Design, Brand Potential, Brand Exhibiting, Brand Perception, Sarmistha Tarafder, Visual merchandising, Brand Power, Brand virtue

Brand Awareness: Return on Experience!

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Jun 25, 2012 1:10:00 PM

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Topics: Brand Marketing, Brand Design, Brand Potential, Brand Exhibiting, Brand Perception, Envoy Exhibit, Prof. Bernd H. Schmitt, Return on Experience, Sarmistha Tarafder, Brand Power, Brand, Brand virtue

Being Different: The Dominant Differentiator!

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Apr 25, 2012 3:17:00 PM

It is a striking irony that in a bio-diverse planet such as ours we thrive on the competitive herd mentality of trying "to fit in". We like to play it safe. We like to trod the path that have been traveled ten thousand times. We have forsaken the imaginative spirit of David Livingstone to be "the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary". The best we can do is "new and improved" of the same old stuff. For example, the daily staple jeans: we have a choice of high rise, low rise, classic rise, boot cut, straight cut, wide leg, skinny flair and more of the same. In vain, we do not think about fabricating jeans that will interact with the atmospheric conditions to provide optimum wearing experience. The technology is there yet the imagination and the capital to take it to this level is sure lacking!

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Topics: Brand Design, Brand Potential, Brand Exhibiting, Brand Perception, Booth Design for Trade Shows, Idea Brands, Booth Design Inspiration, Sarmistha Tarafder, Know your Target Audience, S Portable Display Booths, Brand Power, Brand, Harvard Business School, Globalization 4.0, Brand virtue, Branding, "Different", Youngme Moon

Portable Displays: The Promise of Sustained Innovation!

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Mar 5, 2012 3:04:00 PM

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Topics: Art and nature Inspiration, Art and Design, Abundance—the Future is Better Than You Think, Portable Pop Up displays, Green displays, Dr. Peter Diamandis, Steven Kotler, Exponential technologies, DIY innovators, Technophilanthropists, Rising billion, Sarmistha Tarafder, Brand virtue, Branding

Brand Exhibiting: The Socratic Way.

Posted by sarmistha tarafder on Jan 30, 2012 2:07:00 PM

"Can you tell me, Socrates, whether virtue is acquired by teaching or by practice; or if neither by teaching nor practice, then whether it comes to man by nature, or in what other way?"

The year was 350 B.C.E. The day was just like today, one cold sunny afternoon. [I can only imagine!]
Plato, who documented every move of this magical sage writes that Socrates tells Meno that "he not only does not know if virtue can be taught, but does not understand the nature of virtue." Meno shudders, his conviction challenged, he tastes the dialectic method for which Socrates sacrificed his life.

For ages, Socrates has been revered as the grand master of intellectual eloquence and inquiry: the ideal critical thinker. It is not one idea that earned him this seat of distinguished honor. It is his method of questioning and cross-examination of opposing views that leads to illumination of ideas. Engaging in the Socratic Method makes us confident about the experience of questioning anything including our own ideas and beliefs. By constantly asking critical questions, dynamic brands are in a perpetual state of flux. Brands like Southwest Airlines, Zappos, Google, Virgin or Starbucks constantly align themselves to the questions of the times. They are courageously passionate about doing business in a more "virtuous" fashion that brings value to the clients and adds momentum to their balance sheets. Their "brand virtue" goes through the high standards of Socratic questioning time and time again. (“Virtue” is not a term that marketers use, yet as a concept it explains growing consumer expectations toward brands and companies.)

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