Who is your brand? 

The most surprising thing was the power of a brand to enamor its prospect consumers. I understood that a brand was this intangible feeling or idea in the minds of consumers, clients or prospects, but I had underestimated that it’s the most relevant factor. Branding is aimed at getting your prospects to see you as the only option to meet a need or solve a problem, not at making them choose you over your competitor. This difference is so important that it trumps any other marketing strategy you can apply by itself, pricing, packaging, performance, etc. If you have won that race in the minds of your prospects, everything else, including pricing, is up to your discretion. The power behind branding comes in hand with the huge challenge of winning in the sum of your prospects experiences and perceptions with your brand, even the ones you can’t influence.

During the study tour I got the sense that the purest brands were those of niche markets and small companies. Particularly in the case of Acne I was impressed to see someone actually be the brand. Mattias Magnusson is Acne. He embodies all of the attributes of the brand. Of course the brand goes beyond him, but upon meeting him I felt the brand as much as I did when walking in their flagship store and when experiencing their clothes. It seems once you make that connection with your consumer, there is little else to do, which makes it an essential tool for any business. If you can make your prospects see and feel you as their only choice in whatever decision you are helping make, you have won the market you are after.

Stockholm the Capital of Scandinavia is in a lot of places. Watch this great video on What makes a Capital:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wRToHb5DSY&index=4&list=PLAAA29E5711D1D0F8

http://www.investstockholm.com/en/About-Us/About-our-owner/The-Capital-of-Scandinavia/

Stockholm - The Capital of Scandinavia

"Stockholm - The Capital of Scandinavia" is the shared brand name for the Stockholm region. The brand may be used by all who wish to work together to promote the development of Stockholm as a region for new business and tourism.

There are many reasons why Stockholm is the natural capital of Scandinavia. Stockholm is the largest city in the largest Scandinavian country and lies at its heart with world-class transportation. 

Stockholm is also Scandinavia’s economic center with the largest gross regional product and most multinational companies. One of the world’s leading ICT clusters, one of Europe’s largest biotechnology clusters, and northern Europe’s financial center are also located here. Stockholm is Scandinavia’s trendsetting cultural city with its unique selection of galleries and museums, international food culture, and music production. 

The small town of Sigtuna is the oldest Swedish town still in existence and is the location of the Stockholm Airport. What are the trade offs for the city by not incorporating its name into the airport brand? On the one hand they benefit from the association to Stockholm but on the other hand it’s not leveraging on its small old town charm and its identity is overshadowed by the big city.

Ads by the World Wide Fund for Nature, an NGO that focuses on the conservation of the environment. The ads are good at using impressive images that shed light on an issue that perhaps is not a priority for most people.