What Makes A Brand

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What makes a brand? Is it the name?  Identifying characteristics such as a logo? What people think and remember?

It could be all and maybe so much more.  Every year the Interbrand Report comes out and ranks the top brands. They use a lot of methodology to come up with the best global brands. But, as long as I can remember, Coca-Cola has always been the number one ranking brand. And, it was again this year.

Now, let’s take a look at the 97th ranking brand – Starbuck’s. Last year they were 90. Starbuck’s has been around 40 years. And, in the 40 years, Starbucks has made quite a name for themselves.

Starbucks announced recently they were going to change their logo to express what Starbucks represents to their partners and customers.  Along with business expansion must come a change to stay fit to what is true to the company, as well as what it will become in the future.

As part of a test, Itracks, a leading online research company conducted some research to determine what consumers were saying about the logo change.

The research was done in three phases:

1. We listen (Social Media Monitoring)

2. We ask (USA Talk Now)

3. We receive feedback (iMarkIt)

Overall, the response was very favorable for Starbucks.  Those who were not in favor of the new logo were normally not avid Starbucks enthusiasts.

For more information on the Itracks study, click here:

If you were to change your logo, would you go through this exercise? I think it’s invaluable.

Changing a brand logo has risks. Gap possibly could have diverted a lot of criticism if they would have asked consumers about their proposed new logo first. Lesson learned.

Take pride in your brand. It speaks volumes about who you are and what you represent.



  1. JeffreyWHayzlett  April 14, 2011

    Everyone needs to eat! Although it is better when it’s free. Thanks for the support!

  2. JeffreyWHayzlett  May 9, 2011

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