What is a brand?

Mary Elizabeth DavisBlog

3 minute read
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Regardless of whether you’re a small business operating out of your basement or a multimillion-dollar franchise, your brand is the core of your business. It’s how your business is perceived by consumers – meaning, it’s what they think of when they think of you. I’ll explain.  Let’s play a game. I’ll give you a clue, and you tell me what first comes to mind: “Just Do It” Innovation that excites Always low prices. Always. “YOU get a car, and YOU get a car, and YOU get a car!” It comes in a little robin’s egg blue box with a white … Read More

How Nashville Became Smashville

Javier SolanoBlog

6 minute read

MP&F Loves Our Preds – Watch the hype video HERE during the 2016-17 Stanley Cup run (P.S. – That’s Javier in the skates). Stick taps for the Preds’ marketing and communications department As the puck drops tonight for the Predators home opener, their 109th consecutive sellout at Bridgestone Arena, it’s probably past time to reflect on what an amazing success story this is for the team’s marketing and communications department, and for all of us. First, a little context. When the team arrived here 20 years ago, there were no bachelorettes downtown, no evidence of a pro hockey fan base, not … Read More

Why Staying Relevant Is More About Consistency Than Change

Keith MilesBlog

4 minute read

MP&F partner Keith Miles serves as a professional adviser for the PRSSA and, through this, is given the opportunity to share his knowledge with the next generation of PR practitioners. He recently wrote a blog post about the importance of maintaining a curiosity about the world and the importance of relationship building. It first appeared on the PRSA blog PRSay. Read Keith’s entire post below.   With all the talk lately about changes in how our clients communicate with audiences – disruptive technologies, innovation, shifting consumer habits – certain key aspects of the PR profession have remained constant. We still use many of the same … Read More

Using Digital for Brand Authenticity

Ian DinkinsBlog, home1 Comment

3 minute read

You often hear the phrase “the customer is always right” in industries ranging from fast food to public relations. This comes from the understanding that, without a strong base of consumers, a business will die. So the importance of knowing what a consumer wants and values is paramount to building a brand. Studies by Cohn and Wolfe and the Boston Consulting Group  have identified brand authenticity as one of the top factors in attracting customers. While it looks different for everyone, brand authenticity is the proximity between the image a brand projects and the reality of what that brand represents. … Read More

Corporate Social Responsibility, Advocacy and Branding

Tom HaydenBlogLeave a Comment

2 minute read

An avid reader of the New York Times, I logged on to get my daily morning intake of business, environmental, science, political and world news. The first thing that grabbed my attention was a Patagonia call-to-action ad. It wasn’t imploring me to purchase any of Patagonia’s clothing; instead it was asking me to put my support behind the protection of public lands in Utah, an issue important to the company, its employees and, most likely, the vast majority of its audience (consumers). Patagonia is in the midst of an integrated communications campaign, using paid advertising, earned media and owned channels … Read More

So, your brand wants to experiment with disappearing images?

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3 minute read

Disappearing images are all the rage on social media lately, starting with the increasingly popular 5-year-old Snapchat and, more recently, Instagram’s disappearing stories feature. So now that there are two platforms doing the same thing, which one should brands use? The bottom line is deciding which platform is more effective for reaching your audience. Snapchat was introduced as a platform to let users send honest and sometimes embarrassing photos with the comfort of knowing they would disappear after 10 seconds. In 2013, they updated the app to have fun filters like puppy ears and flower crowns, along with a stories … Read More