“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where Does Marketing Architecture Fit In The Vendor Landscape?

  “Before I hire an agency, I need a company like yours to rebuild our marketing architecture.” That’s been said to us quite a bit in the first part of 2013, which makes it an interesting topic for discussion. The specific discussion: How is the landscape of marketing vendors shifting and where does marketing architecture […]

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. […]

We Build and Guide Your Message Through the Right Tools and Audiences.

We Build and Guide Your Message Through the Right Tools and Audiences. Cohesion develops research, strategy, messaging and creative direction. Organizations are accustomed to engaging marketing vendors when a tactical need arises, but sometimes skeptical or apprehensive about hiring one for critical strategy and messaging needs. And yet, this is often where the real need […]