Branded Content: Direction & Development

Since 1999, Cohesion has been directing and developing content efforts for companies large and small. But different from companies who simply provide content, our efforts born of our expertise in brand and marketing strategy and platform work. Whether we’re developing website content, social media content, or other forms of digital or traditional content, we leverage our […]

Marketing is Losing Its (Perceived) Value.

The devaluation of marketing certainly hasn’t happened overnight. It is a generational trend. And the more pervasive technology becomes in the marketing world, the faster marketing (especially marketing strategy) is losing its perceived value. In our experience over the past three decades, we have seen five (5) factors emerge as major contributors to this decline: The […]

Winning Tactical Battles. (Losing Sight Of Objectives?)

Years ago, I remember walking into a potential client’s conference room (a shoe company) who–after the mandatory introductory banter–enthusiastically offered, “We want to aggressively start advertising.” I responded: “That’s great and we can help you do that. But I’m here to help you sell more shoes.” Today, I watch many companies that, both fascinated and confused […]

“We Don’t Need All That Strategic Thinking.” (or) “Why Doesn’t Our Marketing Work?”

Recently, I met with a prospective client of a large, regional organization, who seemed eager to re-energize her company’s corporate brand. “We really need to develop a new platform for all of our positioning and messaging,” she said. “Internally and externally, we’re confused. We need to define our direction and make a big, bold statement […]

The Problem With Hiring A Design (Or Digital) Firm To Build Your Brand.

Maybe, you’re thinking about hiring a design and/or digital firm to ‘brand’ your company, product, or service. Because their ‘stuff’ looks nice. And certainly, you need stuff. Because they’ll start with the things you say you need. A strong visual identity. A logo. A tagline. A system of colors and typefaces. A refreshed website. Initially, […]

Brands Are Dead. Or, Are They?

“Brands Are Dead,” according to Jonathan Salem Baskin, who wrote, “Branding Only Works On Cattle.” In a post from the blog, ‘Business Pundit,’ Mr. Baskin says, among other things, “Nobody carries brands around in their heads. Nobody has a relationship with a brand. Or lives a brand lifestyle. Brands aren’t conversations, and they’re not bought, possessed, or […]

Building A Cohesive Positioning And Messaging Platform.

As brand and marketing issues, audiences, and challenges become more complex, developing and managing marketing, brand and communications architecture becomes more critical. Because building a concise and well-crafted foundation that houses positioning and messaging for brands, products, services (and a host of other areas) creates needed efficiencies and a welcome blueprint for the myriad internal and external […]

Brand Development for Start-Ups: Yes, We Do That.

“I thought you only worked with larger companies,” the owner of a start-up services company said to me a while ago. While much of our brand and marketing architecture work is more appropriate for complex marketing situations, much of our strategic and creative work– especially positioning – is as relevant for a smaller company as it […]

Big Data v. Big Judgment.

“Big Data, no matter how comprehensive or well analyzed, needs to be complemented by big judgment,” according to an article in the Harvard Business Review. Much in the same line, it has been pointed out that the decisions based on the analysis of Big Data are inevitably “informed by the world as it was in the […]

Simplify Marketing Complexity.

It is, arguably, the greatest challenge facing the marketing industry: How will you handle increased complexity? After more than a decade of consulting to some of the country’s largest organizations, Cohesion’s approach has been refined to accommodate and leverage even the most complicated of situations. The fragmentation of media distribution. The growth of customer voice. […]