Brand Aid

Brand Aid Brand Aid, Second Edition is the evolution of the first comprehensive, practical how-to guide on building winning brands. In updating this book,  brand management veteran, Brad VanAuken, draws upon his over thirty years of experience building world-class brands. It is full of templates, formula, case studies, research findings, and other useful tools on topics ranging from brand research, brand positioning and brand advertising to brand equity measurement, legal issues in brand management and creating a brand building organization. It avoids jargon and is succinct and easy to read. It covers all of the most pressing brand management and marketing issues faced by today's busy marketing manager in today's complex marketing environment.

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Key features in this updated edition include:

  • rare overview of the entire brand management process
  • analysis of the 40 most common brand problems together with their solutions
  • 17 checklists (450+ questions) covering all areas of brand management
  • 60+ non-traditional marketing approaches that work
  • extensive brand management and marketing research findings
  • template for conducting a comprehensive brand audit
  • extensive directory of online brand management and marketing resources
  • The six most powerful sources of brand differentiation

There are more than two hundred pages of new material in the second edition, including an entirely new chapter on online brand building. Other new topics include:

  • Creating "category of one" brands
  • Branding commodities
  • Brand cultures
  • Brand archetypes
  • Brand storytelling
  • Human needs, fears and other behavioral motivations
  • Marketing to upscale consumers
  • Marketing ethics
  • Branding and sustainability
  • Big data analytics

If you are responsible for building your organization's brand or helping clients build theirs, this book will become your indispensable roadmap.

What People are saying about Brand Aid - A Quick Reference Guide to Solving Your Branding Problems and Strengthening Your Market Position:

'Brand Aid is an asset for the beginner and veteran brand builder alike. No matter what size your organization or how great your brand expertise, this book can provide a point of reference and new insights.'  Elizabeth A. Hunter, Senior Brand Specialist, Bank of America

'Finally, a road map for the often treacherous journey of building and maintaining great brands. This is an indispensable tool for all marketers. Brand Aid is the essential toolkit for today's (and tomorrow's) brand marketers.'  Jim Harman, Manager, Corporate Advertising, General Electric

'A comprehensive guide unlike any other on the market today. Apply what you learn to your brand building activities and watch the value of your brand and bottom line increase.'  Amy Kelm, Worldwide Consumer Brand Development Manager, Hewlett-Packard

'Brad VanAuken has delivered one of the best brand education and reference tools I have come across. This book will always be within arms' length from my working area for assistance in brand savvy throughout every workday.'  Carole L. Sustak, Manager, Marketing Strategy & Branding, AAA Nationa'

'Many books have been written about branding in the past 15 years. Many are short and focus on only a few aspects of the complex process of building and nurturing a brand. With Brand Aid, Brad VanAuken has pulled it all together in one of the most comprehensive books ever written on the subject. If you work in marketing, read it. If not, make sure your marketing team has.'  Ron Dix, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Bush Brothers & Company

'The checklists are an incredibly effective way for any marketer to evaluate and grade their brand's current marketing performance. Brand Aid should really be named Brands for Dummies. I'm definitely going to keep this one around and I only wish I had found it years ago.'  Dan Hucko, Vice President, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations, Harris Interactive Inc.

'This book surprised me. It's found a newly practical and authoritative way to describe how to do branding. In this, it is quite unlike any other 100 plus books on branding that I have read.'  Chris Macrea, Chief Brand Officer, and author of World Class Brands and Brand Chartering Handbook

'Thank you for your insight. Your book is concise and is an excellent teaching tool for the first-time and experienced brand manager.'  Ernie Avellana, Vice President of Marketing, Control Diabetes Services, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly & Company

‘Quite possibly the best book I have seen on the topic of creating and maintaining a "brand" is Brad VanAuken’s Brand Aid. It will prove to be a powerful resource to anyone wrestling with the challenge of the entire process of building a high-impact brand and trouble-shooting the issues that come with it. If you want your company to become the next Nike, Disney or Absolut, this is the one book you want to read. And then read again!’  Alan Caruba, Bookviews

The Value Of Brand Aid
Branding is more than a great logo. A brand is the essence of an organization—its DNA—impacting its continual success. It is absolutely essential to get it right. Brand managers, marketers, and executives have long turned to this trusted guide to troubleshoot their branding problems. Order your copy of Brand Aid Today.

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