at the make sense academy, we have identified eight different groups of stakeholders that you should keep in mind when designing your brand strategy. if you thought the only one that mattered was your potential future customers, don’t be surprised if your brand doesn’t go anywhere. you might sell products on a short-term basis. but you will not build a strong brand in the long run.
Author: Vincent Joris
the four necessary “evils” of your business
there is a handful of teams in an organizations that most people prefer to avoid. I like to believe that the reason lies in the fact that they usually are the “stop-the-nonsense” or “stop-the-crap” teams. and I work in one of them and love working with the others.
please give a warm welcome to the four pillars of the business police: legal, geopol and inclusiveness, finance and brand.
when in danger, “rock” or “sugar”?
let’s have a look at how tricking people’s brains can actually save their life.
are dutch direct?
when it comes to emotions, opinions, preferences and many other things, they are matters of perspective. most of our thoughts are relative to who we are, where we are, where we come from or grew up. and it is by exposing them to different perspectives that we can better understand our own unconscious biases or implicit stereotypes.
those who know nothing of foreign languages, know nothing of their own – J. von Goethe
no language is better than any other. just like no culture is better than the other. they are different, value different things, structure things differently. they all have their own logic and weirdness. and it is by comparing them that those become obvious, and that you can get to better understand your own, and how it impacted who you are and how you think.
capital letters? we choose soft and sweet over loud and obnoxious – any time
in this overwhelming world where everyone seems to be shouting for attention, softer and more intimate can be welcome. no need to shout if you build a message that is actually welcomed or content that actually matters…
how Disney truly understands the difference between translation and localization
there is a big difference between being available in a different language, and having a true and deep meaning for someone who happen to have a different way of expressing themselves and looking at the world.
a brand reaches higher when it stops considering itself as a brand
brands can become much more meaningful when they stop considering themselves as a brand, and start defining themselves as what they represent and stand for. not just a logo, color codes and type treatments.
the art of shapes by The Thin Gold Line
I was just browsing through my Instagram feed when I ended up on the profile of The Thin Gold Line. and if you believe, like we do, that shapes can be very powerful assets, you should definitely check them out.