John Malmo http://wknofm.org en Rebranding Is Tougher Than Branding http://wknofm.org/post/rebranding-tougher-branding <p>Nothing is more important in any business than its brand. And branding is very serious business. But what’s even harder than branding, is RE-branding.</p><p>Building a brand from scratch is very hard. Not for quitters. But at least you’re trying to reach open minds. As in, Now there’s a place to buy tacos, and it’s called Taco Bell. But if you add hamburgers and re-brand as, say, Taco &amp; Burger Bell, people probably will never quit saying Taco Bell.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 12:37:00 +0000 John Malmo 30536 at http://wknofm.org Rebranding Is Tougher Than Branding Make Icons Likable, Not Weird. http://wknofm.org/post/make-icons-likable-not-weird <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are few devices better than an icon, or mascot, to help build personality and awareness for a brand. &nbsp; And creating a successful icon is not a terribly difficult process. &nbsp; But Burger King managed to screw it up.</span></p><p>As for personal tastes, I have always thought a Burger King hamburger was the best-tasting among fast-foot burgers. But the weird-looking, and weirder-acting, speechless, and spooky king that’s driven Burger King advertising for years is a dud.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:30:00 +0000 John Malmo 1812 at http://wknofm.org Make Icons Likable, Not Weird. The Name's The Game On The Internet http://wknofm.org/post/names-game-internet <p>The effects of the Internet continue to astound me. As simple an asset as a killer web site name – and knowing what to do with it - can turn a nothing business into eight-figures in no time.</p><p>Serial entrepreneur Jesse Stein bought the name <a href="http://sportsmemorabilia.com">SportsMemorabilia-dot-com</a> in 2006 for twelve-thousand-five-hundred dollars.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the time, the site was doing business of a few hundred dollars a month. </span></p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:38:00 +0000 John Malmo 27983 at http://wknofm.org The Name's The Game On The Internet First: Identify Your Personal Assets http://wknofm.org/post/first-identify-your-personal-assets <p>True marketing is a process of maximizing a company’s assets. It begins with identifying the company’s assets, and that’s not always as obvious as you might think.</p><p>The genius chief marketing officer at Delta Airlines was the first to identify Delta’s customers as an asset two years ago. The result included new sales opportunities that have accounted for over $1.5 billion in new revenue.</p><p>You can go through a similar marketing process in your own behalf, and you begin the very same way.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:34:00 +0000 John Malmo 27314 at http://wknofm.org First: Identify Your Personal Assets We're Losing Social Discipline http://wknofm.org/post/were-losing-social-discipline <p>In a recent conversation with a group of instructors at a vocational college, one of them said, “Finding these young fellows a job after they graduate isn’t the problem. The problem is that many don’t understand what they have to do to keep their jobs.”</p><p>They just can’t get it in their heads that they have to come to work <em>every</em> day. That they can’t just decide to skip a day or two. They can’t realize the importance of being on the job at eight, not eight-forty-five. That they have to have on a clean shirt. They have to have their tools.</p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 15:16:20 +0000 John Malmo & Justin Willingham 26419 at http://wknofm.org We're Losing Social Discipline