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Episode 69: Marketing the Explorer Archetype

By Kevin & Amy | September 9, 2021
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Marketing the Explorer Archetype

We’re gonna channel our inner Sacagawea today.  It’s all about The Explorer archetype. I know it’s a little like saying out loud which of your kids you like the best … but, if you were to ask me, “which is your favorite archetype, Kevin?”, I’d have to put The Explorer way high on that list. And, it’s a good thing there are two of us … because this archetype not only has two sub-archetypes (like most of the archetypes), they are also, in Kevin’s humble opinion, the ones that are the most different from each other.  This makes for a…

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Episode 68 – Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS)

By skarritt | August 26, 2021
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keep it simple

How many times have we been asked (about Brand Archetypes), “Does this reeeeally work?” A LOT! Way more than we would expect and way more than other, seemingly more obvious, questions.  After putting a little thought into this, we have something for us to explore: What is the essence of why Brand Archetypes works so well? (And related to that) What is the most important thing for business owners to focus on, in their marketing?  In a Fast Company article from almost a decade ago (2012) they interviewed Jim Stengel, former marketing exec at Proctor and Gamble.  In the article,…

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Burger King Fun … While Waiting in Line

By skarritt | August 9, 2021
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Waiting in a line doesn’t have to be boring.  Burger King, in true form to their Jester Archetype approach to marketing, shows how you can change the game in an unexpected way!  Did they have to do this? Nope.  Does it make the line shorter? Nope. Do you get your food faster? Nope.  HOWEVER …. Did it put a smile on my face? YEP!  Bravo BK!

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Episode 67 – I Just Can’t Help Myself

By Kevin & Amy | August 6, 2021
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There’s a really big idea in the world of branding that’s an obvious question to ask by ALL business owners … but the idea is not so often seen as a branding issue.  And, the question – this big idea – is, “How do I get customers to buy from me, instead of my competitors?” In our experience as marketing professionals, we feel most business owners have not put enough thought into this and have some pretty misplaced ideas about how important it is. For example, a LOT – and, we mean a LOT – of owners have the opinion…

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Episode 66 – Bronco Branding Redux

By Kevin & Amy | July 8, 2021
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Western Michigan University Rebranding

Western Michigan University Rebranding We came across a branding news story from just a week ago that’s both spot-on for the topic of branding, but is also a local story for us Michiganders. Last week, Western Michigan University rolled out a press release unveiling its new logo. First, you have to understand that Kevin’s wife got her Masters at Western and my middle step son just graduated from there two years ago…. So, although we’re die-hard maize and blue University of Michigan fans, we also root for the Broncos. And Amy is a Michigan State University fan. Here is the…

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Episode 65 – Marketing the Artist Archetype

By Kevin & Amy | July 2, 2021
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Marketing the Artist Archetype

What are the BIG IDEAS when it comes to Marketing the Artist Archetype? Let’s find out! We’re talking about The Artist Archetype today.  To be clear, to pull this off does NOT require you to be a Michelangelo … nor does it require us to roll our paint-covered, naked bodies all over a big canvas …. Again.   A quick reminder that this archetype was originally coined by Marks and Pearson as “The Creator.”  Really, the only reason we choose to use a different name is because we feel the concept of creative artistry is more important than the concept of…

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Episode 64 – Marketing The Neighbor Archetype

By Kevin & Amy | June 17, 2021
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Marketing The Neighbor Archetype

We’re usually pretty upbeat and easily excitable in our podcasts.  Today, we’re going to ratchet it down a couple of notches…. We’re going to take a chill pill and take it easy. Maybe chillax a bit. Are you ready? For a refreshing on what the Neighbor is all about check out these resources: The Neighbor Page Blog: The Neighbor Archetype: EVERYONE BELONGS Episode 16 – The Neighbor Archetype (overview) Join Kevin and Amy as they discuss the big ideas of being a Neighbor brand and how that might look in your marketing. The Neighbor Archetype is:  EASY GOING REMOVES CHAOS…

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Episode 63 – Think Like Ron Popeil – Infomercials

By Kevin & Amy | May 27, 2021
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infomercials

Taking brand tips from infomercials for your products and services. Kids today live in a world where they have almost unlimited options of what we’re now referring to as “screen time.”  All forms of screens: TV, tablets, mobile phones, and other devices.  However, despite all that screen time, there’s a possibility they don’t know what an “infomercial” is.  Even if they know what one is, they probably don’t remember the very first ones.  Do you?   If you lived through the 80s and 90s and into the 2000s, you’ll remember greats like Shame Wow,  The George Foreman Grill, The Shake Weight…

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Episode 62 – Cultural Considerations in Your Brand Strategy

By Kevin & Amy | May 13, 2021
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Is your business growing internationally? Are you moving into foreign markets? WOOHOO! That’s awesome. It must mean your marketing strategy is working. Remember when we reviewed taglines and quite a few of the funnier gaffes had to do with mistranslations?  Remember Kevin’s favorite? The Parker Pens tagline “It won’t leak in your pocket and embarrass you” was translated into Spanish as “It won’t leak in your pocket and make you pregnant.” YIKES! Although these types of blunders are funny to us consumers, as business owners and marketers we need to be aware that the mistakes do fall into a bigger…

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Episode 61 – Rebranding Tales 2021

By Kevin & Amy | May 6, 2021
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Rebranding

Join Kevin and Amy for another round of evaluating recent rebrand initiatives by well-known companies. Our listeners have started to get that we will almost always express strong words of caution whenever the topic of “RE-branding” is put on the table.  Today we have a review of four biggies that have all happened this year.  The words of caution are going to sound familiar but I hope we can also shed a little light on what’s done well — and what’s done NOT so well — with each of these initiatives.  Join us in discussing Burger King, Pfizer, Kia, and…

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