Top Trends in 2019

Another new year, another collection of top trend reports! What was trending in 2018? Which trends will still be relevant in 2019? And, what emerging trends you should pay attention? We have all the answers! Enjoy these great reports, share them with your friends, and let us know if you have any other good ones….

Why do change projects fail?

Back in the day Benjamin Franklin (or Daniel Defoe) famously said: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While such wisdom is true, it feels somehow incomplete. One could rephrase it today as follows: “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and…

Why universities need brands?

4,627. Four thousand six hundred twenty-seven! That’s the number of degree-granting colleges and universities in the US. To get a better idea of the American higher-education market, you should also factor in 3,000 4-year institutions. While you are at it, go ahead and add more than 1,500 2-year institutions like “junior or community” colleges. We…

How to differentiate your brand? Part 6

Over the last two decades, brands have become 200% less distinct from one another. The ones that stand out, however, have something in common: They integrate two seemingly opposing personality traits. In this series of five blogs, I offer different methods to discovering and leveraging the duality embedded inside your brand. By tapping into these insights,…

How to bring your brand tension to life?

Brands are becoming less and less distinct, and there is reliable data that supports this trend. Interestingly however, the ones that break away from their categories have something common: They integrate two seemingly opposing personality traits. This hypothesis is called Brand Tensity, and we have already discussed half a dozen way of finding yours. Based…

How to differentiate your brand? Part 5

How to differentiate your brand? Part 6Over the last two decades, brands have become 200% less distinct from one another. The ones that stand out, however, have something in common: They integrate two seemingly opposing personality traits. In this series of five blogs, I offer different methods to discovering and leveraging the duality embedded inside your…

How to differentiate your brand? Part 4

Over the last two decades, brands have become 200% less distinct from one another. The ones that stand out, however, have something in common: They integrate two seemingly opposing personality traits. In this series of six blogs, I offer different methods to discovering and leveraging the duality embedded inside your brand. By tapping into these insights,…

How to differentiate your brand? Part 3

Over the last two decades, brands have become 200% less distinct from one another. The ones that stand out, however, have something in common: They integrate two seemingly opposing personality traits. In this series of six blogs, I offer different methods to discovering and leveraging the duality embedded inside your brand. By tapping into these insights,…

How to differentiate your brand? Part 2

Over the last two decades, brands have become 200% less distinct from one another. The ones that stand out, however, have something in common: They integrate two seemingly opposing personality traits. In this series of six blogs, I offer different methods to discovering and leveraging the duality embedded inside your brand. By tapping into these…

How to differentiate your brand? Part 1

Here is the news flash: Over the last two decades, brands have become 200% less distinct from one another. The ones that stand out, however, have something in common: They integrate two seemingly opposing personality traits. For instance, think about Harley Davidson (rebellious yet social.) Or Target (affordable yet chic.) Or Tesla (environmentally conscious yet…

Top trends in 2017

Our annual trend report collection is out! If 2016 was any indication, 2017 is going to be a challenging year. What has been trending this year? Which movements will emerge next year? We compiled twelve great trend reports so that you can smoothly navigate the stormy waters in the upcoming 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes,…