When Water is not Just Water: The Branding of Commodity Products

I recently took my team out to the local restaurant to celebrate the win of an exceptionally difficult pitch. We are regulars there so we usually all get the business menu. When one of the teammates ordered her beverage, I was amused she settled for tea after the waiter told her he didn’t carry her brand of water. “Doesn’t water taste the same no matter what brand it is?” I asked. She replied in the most serious tone, “No, I just can’t drink anything other than Evian.”

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Coca-Cola ‘Life’ – Confusing?

Ten years after the launch of Coke ‘Zero’, the Coca-Cola Company is introducing Coca-Cola ‘Life’, a low calorie version from stevia extract. The name is short, memorable and easy to say in a majority of the world’s languages. However it might prove inconvenient and downright confusing.

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PACKAGING THAT STARES BACK

The findings of a recent study led by Cornell University suggest that cereal box spokes-characters who make eye contact with consumers have a higher incidence of improving brand trust and brand connection thus influencing choice. And sales.

Gender crossover – beer for women

Brands that have traditionally been directed at a male audience are now launching various alternatives intended for women. And vice versa. This is especially evident in the cosmetic industry, think of Axe.

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