Will that be all? Burger King’s Satisfries product name review

Okay, hold it, residents of Earth. From the fast food giant who notoriously struggles with their potato offerings comes a bold new product: Satisfries. The folks here at the Catchword office have bantered a lot about the name. It’s on everybody’s mind because there’s a huge sign advertising Satisfries right outside our office door at the Burger King 30 feet away.

Personally, I have conflicting opinions about the name. On one hand, I always smile when I hear someone else...

By CatchWordBranding, 02 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Campaigns.

YouGov survey notes how Ryanair can improve “macho and abrupt” brand image

A report from polling body YouGov has explained how Ryanair can go on its word and improve its “abrupt culture”, as chief executive Michael O’Neill explained it to shareholders last week.

This comes after the airline was voted the worst brand for customer satisfaction by Which? Magazine, which assessed 100 of the UK’s largest companies.

O’Neill told shareholders at the company’s AGM that he was overseeing a revamp of its customer service, including setting up a new team to...

By James Bourne, 01 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Campaigns, Publishing.

Apple world’s most valuable brand, replaces Coca-Cola

Apple has been named the world’s most valuable brand by Interbrand, bringing to an end Coca-Cola’s 13 year unbroken stay at the top of the chart.

The soft drinks manufacturer finished 2013’s result in third position, with Google claiming the silver medal. IBM and Microsoft rounded off the top five.

A relative lack of growth in brand value was what did for Coca-Cola according to Interbrand, the beverage supplier attaining a growth of just 2% compared to Apple’s 28% and Google’s...

By James Bourne, 30 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Campaigns.

Why Twitter’s IPO announcement has come at a perfect time

It’s been a long time in the works, but Twitter has finally announced that it is to float on the stock market as it prepares its IPO.

As is the way of these things, the news was announced in a tweet from the microblogging platform, whose intention to float comes just over a year after fellow social network Facebook went public.

Twitter wrote last night: “We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO. This tweet does not...

By James Bourne, 13 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Mergers and acquisitions, Social Media Marketing.

eHarmony UK revamps site, reinforces brand value

eHarmony.co.uk has revamped its website with several new features in order to provide a better experience for its customer base, as well as reinforce its brand image.

The new features include changes to the dating site’s famous relationship questionnaire, which is now one-question per page in line with mobile device traffic. Similarly, eHarmony has also launched a more detailed personality analysis, called the ‘Book of You’.

Further, the site now incorporates responsive design, again with a...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Campaigns, Publishing.

Why technology evangelism is more important than ever for brands

By Theo Priestley, vice president and chief evangelist, Software AG

When Guy Kawasaki became ‘chief evangelist’ at Apple in the 1990s, he started a chain of events which revolutionised what marketing and engagement meant for a brand.

Kawasaki described his role at Apple as, “to protect and preserve the Macintosh cult, by doing whatever I had to do.” He galvanised the company image and its fans at a time when it was seriously flagging.

One of his most successful achievements was the...

By Theo Priestley, 22 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising Technology, Branding, Campaigns.

Microsoft changes digital marketing strategy for Windows and Surface

To say it’s been troubling times at Redmond over the past few months would be an understatement. Yet Microsoft will hope to turn things around, with the help of marketing agency Razorfish.

As reported by Ad Age Razorfish, which already covers digital consumer marketing for Xbox and Bing, will expand its portfolio to include Surface and Windows.

Amidst the various announcements made by Microsoft at its Gamescom keynote earlier today –...

By James Bourne, 20 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Advertising Technology, Branding, Campaigns, Commerce.

If print is dead, then how is it serving meals?

With the rise of digital, social, niche, and hyper-local content and reporting, it’s true that “traditional” print publications don’t hold the same command as we’ve known them to have for the past 400 or so years. But to paraphrase the oft used quote “the report of its death was an exaggeration.” 

It seems that for the past five years, ongoing reports of the “death of print media” have made people wonder whether their local paperboy would be going the...

By Star Group, 12 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Branding, Commerce.

Twitter fake tweets backlash: Do you own your online identity?

It hasn't been a great week for Twitter - they've barely been out of the news.Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will have noticed that women’s campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez has been in the papers over threatening and abusive tweets she received following a successful campaign to have Jane Austen’s face on a bank note.

But the social networking site was in hot water last week as well for a controversial gaff where they faked tweets from real users for a mock-up promotion of a new...

By Amy Edwards, 30 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Branding, Social Media Marketing.