Education is critical to growth, and online learning beyond traditional walls is transforming business unlike ever before. The relationship between learning and work is becoming more blurred as the two become part of the same integrated ecosystem.
In this modern era of disruption, there are not many services that have altered the landscape of culture and business like YouTube has. What started as a home video host has become one of the biggest companies in the United States and has forever changed the way people receive information.
Virtual reality is already having a big impact on marketing in 2017...
The demand for virtual reality experiences is growing — companies like Facebook, Samsung, & Google are largely invested in the future of the technology. With the rise of Mobile solutions, widespread use of VR isn’t dependent upon top-of-the-line head-mounted displays (HMDs for short). Thanks to the accessibility of smartphones, average consumers can now get in on the VR fun — and marketers should be paying attention.
Less Logos: The Shift from Brand Logos to Brand Stories
On June 12, 2005, Steve Jobs, the legendary boss of Apple computers, addressed the students of Stanford University: “I am honored to be with you at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.”
Excessive Exclamation Points?!!! Who? Me?
I recently received a note expressing concern over my “overuse” of exclamation points: “You might want to reconsider your tendency to overuse exclamation points.” Overuse? Overly emphatic? Me? OK. Fair enough. Still, I requested an explanation. I wasn’t offended by the feedback. I was just curious about the commentary. I sensed a big discussion behind the advice. Alas, I received no reply.
So I began to think about the meaning of my reader’s feedback. I "might" want to reconsider my overuse of exclamation points? Was this a complaint? A soft recommendation? Sarcastic criticism?
At the end of the day, the use of exclamation points is about communicating tone. And tone is largely a matter of taste—as in “there is no accounting for…”
Still, tone is hard to determine in online communication. But then that's the whole point: communicating tone in digital media requires content writers rethink the traditional rules and tools of style - including the use punctuation to project meaning and tone. Effective brand writing across digital channels is a complex issue, one that requires more than placing a ban on multiple exclamation points. Here are some issues to consider.
At its core, brand strategy is all about highlighting the differences that define the unique value of an organization, its products, and its services. Yet branding is not only about being different. Branding also involves a degree of what we might call sameness: While striving for difference, brands must conform to norms that make them accessible and familiar to target audiences.
Shakespeare's Juliet famously argues that names don't matter: "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." In other words, calling a rose by any other name--whether a "dandelion" or "doughnut"--won't change the way the flower effects our sense of smell. Juliet's line presents a classic take on the arbitrary character of names. Names are nothing more than human inventions that refer to real things. As such, names obviously don't change the reality of things themselves. It's common sense.
Then again, what we call a "dollar bill" is more than a piece of paper. The Mona Lisa is much more than a bunch oil paint smeared on an old canvas. While names are aribitrary, they are not trivial. Things are things, but names and labels shape how we experience the meaning of these things. I don't know about roses, but a car by another name can be in fact feel much sweeter.
So what's in a Brand? A lot.