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By Dick Maggiore and Mark Vandegrift

Dick Maggiore


Marketing Brand Name Value

What’s in a name? Only everything, including brand name value

From a marketing standpoint, the most important decision you can make is what to name your product or service. The right choice brings significant brand name value.

How to Reach Brand Differentiation

Brand differentiation is why we care

Positioning is the foundation to building a stronger, more valuable and sustainable product or service.

What is Brand Positioning

Getting ‘right idea’ with your brand positioning statement

Remember this rule: A brand can stand for only one idea. Readers no doubt understand when someone warns, “Don’t put the cart in front of the horse.

Four Questions for Principles of Marketing

Foundation for business success boils down to 4 basic principles of marketing questions

With more than 40 years invested in developing advertising campaigns in all sizes and dimensions, we have learned that regardless of the company or product, the foundation for the work…

Coke Authentic Positioning Lesson

An authentic positioning lesson from the soda formerly known as Coke

Labels are for cans, not people.

Pay Off of Crisis Positioning

Crisis positioning: Enhancing your image

A crisis can be the undoing of a company. Crisis positioning can also be handled professionally and soon forgotten.

Dominos Crises with Positioning Identity

Domino's is Facing a Positioning Identity Crisis. Two actually.

In 2012, Domino's dropped "pizza" from its company name and unveiled a fresh, modernized logo. If you didn't know that happened, you're not alone.

Branding Pepsi Craft Cola

Pepsi brings the "craft" to cola

The craft beer industry is booming. But rather than fighting the trend, big brewers like MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch are joining in and creating their own microbrews.

Subscription Box Positioning

What do you get the person who has everything?

I cannot open my Twitter without being reminded by Trunk Club advertising that I'm a terrible dresser. They're all over me right now and, by all reasonable fashion conventions, they're probably right. If you're unaware, Trunk Club is a subscription gift box service of men's clothes specifically curated by a stylist based on my supposed preferences. And it's not alone. What Trunk Club is for men's clothes, Birchbox is for cosmetics and BarkBox is for squeaky toys. We're living in a subscription gift box renaissance. Harry and David is soooo 2013.

CAK Airport Positioning

Airport Positioning: CAK on the Attack

Each edition of this publication, PositionistView®, highlights a noteworthy accomplishment or (more often) a stunning positioning "swing-and-a-miss" of a big brand.

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PositionistView® is an inside look into Innis Maggiore's thinking, culture and talent. They're opinon pieces through the positioning filter. No jargon. No ad-speak babble.

June 29, 2021

Advertisers have long been known for how well they accept change, pivot to new possibilities and adopt the newest technologies.

June 23, 2021

Many pundits in the world of marketing and advertising are obsessed with stuff dying. “Radio is dead in 10 years. This study proves it. ” “TV is dying.

April 7, 2021

Advertisers have long understood the potency of television (TV) as a brand-building medium for consumer products. However, business-to-business advertisers typically kept their distance, and for good reason.

April 7, 2021

The problem with mass marketing has finally been solved. The answer is programmatic advertising. Imagine two neighbors. Both watching ESPN. One sees your ad. The other doesn’t.

February 11, 2021

(Special to the Canton Repository) In this year's National Football League AFC Divisional Round playoff game, Cleveland Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski was accused of playing it safe.

Agency News

From associate promotions and new team members to awards and events, keep up with the growth and good things happening at Innis Maggiore.

November 2, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the addition of two fall interns, one in the Digital Marketing department and one in its Creative department.
October 26, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (Oct. 26, 2021) – Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced it has been awarded General Services Administration (GSA) approved certification. This certification allows the ad agency to sell to United States government agencies as well as state and local entities through the GSA.
October 12, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (October 12, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced that it earned a Healthcare Advertising Award, the oldest, largest and most widely respected advertising competition in the healthcare industry.
September 23, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (September 23, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced that Drew Dailey and Noah Whittington have joined the agency as web developers.
July 26, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (July 26, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced that four students from Kent State University at Stark have been awarded the Innis Maggiore Endowed Scholarship for Communications for 2021.