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Brand Shorthand Podcast

Mark Vandegrift and Lorraine Kessler

37 Episodes


Mark Vandegrift and Lorraine Kessler discuss advertising, public relations, sales, positioning, branding, and more in this podcast designed for those who want to do a deep dive into the world of marketing. Mark and Lorraine discuss the psychology of what makes great brands. more

Mark Vandegrift and Lorraine Kessler discuss advertising, public relations, sales, positioning, branding, and more in this podcast designed for those who want to do a deep dive into the world of marketing. Mark and Lorraine discuss the psychology of what makes great brands. They break down the details of the good moves and some really bad moves by brands big and small. It's like a play-by-play of what went right, or what went wrong. If you're in the world of marketing, learn tips and tricks that will help you develop a new brand, from finding and focusing on a position, dramatizing that position in the marketplace, and distributing through the wide, wide world of media. With a combined 80 years of marketing experience, both Mark and Lorraine provide insights on campaigns they've led or seen others lead. All gloves are off when it comes to their take on great strategic marketing moves and those that might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but later flopped. No matter what part of marketing interests you, there'll be something for everyone as we cover positioning strategy, branding, creative dramatization, media selection, sales techniques, analytics, and less discussed parts of the spectrum such as distribution and growth strategies. You can be a strategist, a copywriter, an art director, a web developer, a digital marketing specialist, a sales person, an SEO specialist, and pretty much anything else in the advertising world and you'll find something on the Brand Shorthand podcast that interests you.

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37 Episodes


Mark Vandegrift and Lorraine Kessler discuss advertising, public relations, sales, positioning, branding, and more in this podcast designed for those who want to do a deep dive into the world of marketing. Mark and Lorraine discuss the psychology of what makes great brands. more

Mark Vandegrift and Lorraine Kessler discuss advertising, public relations, sales, positioning, branding, and more in this podcast designed for those who want to do a deep dive into the world of marketing. Mark and Lorraine discuss the psychology of what makes great brands. They break down the details of the good moves and some really bad moves by brands big and small. It's like a play-by-play of what went right, or what went wrong. If you're in the world of marketing, learn tips and tricks that will help you develop a new brand, from finding and focusing on a position, dramatizing that position in the marketplace, and distributing through the wide, wide world of media. With a combined 80 years of marketing experience, both Mark and Lorraine provide insights on campaigns they've led or seen others lead. All gloves are off when it comes to their take on great strategic marketing moves and those that might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but later flopped. No matter what part of marketing interests you, there'll be something for everyone as we cover positioning strategy, branding, creative dramatization, media selection, sales techniques, analytics, and less discussed parts of the spectrum such as distribution and growth strategies. You can be a strategist, a copywriter, an art director, a web developer, a digital marketing specialist, a sales person, an SEO specialist, and pretty much anything else in the advertising world and you'll find something on the Brand Shorthand podcast that interests you.

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Brand Shorthand Podcast

Mark Vandegrift and Lorraine Kessler

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2024-04-08

In the final installment of Big Brands, Big Trouble, Mark and Lorraine discuss the last two mistakes from Jack Trout's 2001 book: the Live by the Numbers/Wall Street Mistake and the Not Attacking Yourself Mistake...

39 min


2024-04-01

This week, Mark and Lorraine continue with mistakes 3-7 from Jack Trout's Big Brands, Big Trouble: the "Truth Will Win Out" Mistake; the "Other Guy's Idea" Mistake; The "Go Opposite" directive for those who are #2 in the market; the "We're Very Successful" Mistake; and the "Everything for Everybody" Mistake...

30 min


2024-03-25

This week's episode finds a few big brands in some hot water! Mark and Lorraine revisit Jack Trout's 2001 book, Big Brands – Big Trouble, and share some more recent examples of big brands making not-so-smart moves...

33 min


2024-03-18

This week, the positioning duo wonder about the power of AI to do the irrational, emotional, creative task of ideation and creative concepting. MKHSTRY claims to reduce concepting from 6-9 months down to hours. What do our fearless positioning experts think about that claim?! Next up, Mark and Lorraine cover the rise of experiential marketing...

39 min


2024-03-11

Mark and Lorraine tackle Wendy's behaving badly with their surge pricing and how things should have been done differently. But they didn't ask us, so we gave kudos to Burger King for responding with a free offer! Well played. Then the positioning duo tackles the Rise of Branding over the past 50 years. Learn Lorraine's perspective on the shift from features to today's experiential desire to engage brands...

48 min


2024-03-04

Join us for part 2 of our interview with Dr. Scott Powell, Professor of Marketing at Grove City College. Dr. Powell discusses how outside forces and four different presidents in 14 years impacted the marketing of the college, and how he would alter things if he were in charge. Mark and Lorraine also ask about the macro trends going on with higher education and why Dr...

27 min