Meaningful differentiation strategies

By Benito Opitz

That society has become more critical over the last few years is not just a marketing ploy. We are constantly confronted with new examples of how user demands are increasingly specific and hold ever more sway over brands.
Within this article, I will outline two strategies that help brands to deal with the increasing potential for criticism. The secret lies in a higher, more meaningful form of differentiation than we have known in the field of marketing so far. A new form of differentiation that makes brands so meaningful that they might be protected against the hysterical form of social criticism that we observe regularly in the digital age.

Your Design Sprint is Actually a Relay Race

By Jack Mitchell

“We work in Design Sprints.” We’ve all heard it, some of us have said it, for others, it’s on the horizon. The ‘made famous by Google Ventures,’ originally product-oriented working method has made waves across a number of industries as people everywhere refine and repurpose it to meet their needs in product, strategy, and even company culture. Unfortunately, it now also belongs to the most vilified cohort of words in the English language and, increasingly, many others: the buzzwords.

Survival of the Relevant: The Evolution of Brand Governance

By Rupali Steinmeyer

Even at the risk of sounding somewhat polarizing, there is truth to the argument that brands are in a state of paradoxical crisis. The possibility of becoming irrelevant and disappearing is real in this competitive world. Many brands have already been negatively impacted. Some have seen their intrinsic value erode. Others have seen dwindling customers. Several have even folded. And while some manage to work their way back to success, they remain few and far between.

Branding in transition – four ways to get it right

By Serge Barsotti

You have changed. You, me, we – the consumers of today. We have grown out of innocently accepting everything brands say, and grown into genuinely interested, cross-comparing and critically questioning consumers. We have become aware, talking about brands at any time and at any place – forming communities that serve as credible references. Yes, the consumers of today have become quite a tough audience.

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Beyond the brand: are you experienced?

By Filippos Petridis

As the modern-day economy marches on at a relentless pace, brands are being pushed further than ever before. Their core competencies are being challenged by the increased complexity, opportunity and volatility of nascent technologies. The ‘digital’ revolution has elevated consumer empowerment to an all-time high, and brands are expected to react.

Finding the Right Story

An Interview with Steven Cook

Steven Cook, who joined MetaDesign Berlin as Head of User Experience in April, in conversation with Linus Lütcke about the challenges of digital transformation, his advice to brands and how he sees MetaDesign’s role in the future.

Identity – At the Heart of Management

By Dr. Alexander Haldemann

Successful brands convince us by taking a strong stand. To do this, they need a clear identity.

Change – even profound change – has always been with us. In the past, however, change was more predictable and thus it could also be managed better. You had the annual plan, the strategic three-year and five-year plans. Companies were able to continuously plan their product development and the resources that would be required. They knew their competitors. They were in a predictable environment with more or less high barriers to entry.

The Human at the Center of the Digital Transformation 1/2

By Sven John 

This article is concerned with the role humans play in the digital transformation of organizations. It assumes that whether or not such a transformation is successful depends on the convergence of “cold” (technical and infrastructural) and “warm” (social and cultural) factors. The second part of the article approaches potential pitfalls of human transformations within organizations and the deliverables MetaDesign provides to address these.

Brand Strategies for a Digital World

By Lisa Krick 

For many years branding and corporate design agencies understood themselves as the “preservers of the brand.” After stripping down the brand’s content and identity to clear visual codes, it was up to the corporate design experts to preserve these codes consistently across all touchpoints and evolve the brand gradually over time. “360-degree marketing” became the mantra of tortured advertisers for decades. One relict of this era: the typical PowerPoint chart illustrating a brand that looks the same across all media touch points.