Since he experienced tragedy at age of 14, the real-life psychologist who inspired the show "Lie To Me" has searched for signs of hidden human emotion in faces. New applications based on his findings are getting attention from Apple, Pixar, Google, the Army, and others.
Do brands really create value? Will Old Spice's tornadic viral campaign and sudden "influence" improve Procter & Gamble's bottom line? Actually a number of events and trends have conspired like a perfect storm over the last several years to put brands and their stewards on the hot seat.
It has taken a while for branding to seep into the world of higher education. Traditionally universities and colleges have not been staffed by professional marketers. There has been a revulsion toward the concept of Customers, in favor of Students. Education has been the mission; it was never about the Bottom Line.
While the concept of personal branding has taken off, corporate branding seems to go in and out of favor. Economic cycles may
have a lot to do with that. With the growth of the Internet and social
technology tools, personal branding opportunities and activity have
exploded. On the other hand, in some ways, the arc of Web 1.0 to 2.0+ (not
to mention this current economy) has seduced many marketers into being focused on tactics at the expense of strategy including branding.