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The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It

John Gerzema

How to use brands to gain and sustain competitive advantage Companies today face a dilemma in marketing. The tried-and-true formulas to create sales and market share behind brands are becoming irrelevant and losing traction with consumers.

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Publisher: Jossey-Bass
Publish Date: 09/30/2008
Pages: 252
ISBN-13: 9780470183878
ISBN-10: 047018387X
Language: English

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June 24, 2009

We were big fans of last year's The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It, by John Gerzema and Ed Lebar—so much so that it took home the 800-CEO-READ Business Book Award in the Advertising & Marketing category. We also published a manifesto from Mr. Gerzema over at ChangeThis about How Business Speculation in the Consumer Marketplace Threatens Our Economy. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

March 03, 2010

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November 25, 2009

The strategy + business annual books list is always one of the finest and most anticipated of the year. They get really smart and talented people who know how to pick 'em, and have them write (always highly intelligent and insightful) essays on their category—and, of course, the books in it. I've listed the picks below, but it really is worth heading over to strategy + business for the essays. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 20, 2009

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December 12, 2008

The books on our 2008 shortlist for the Advertising & Marketing Category are: The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It by John Gerzema and Ed Lebar (Jossey-Bass, October 2008) Companies put a lot of effort and money into their brands, which can sometimes be higher than the value they place on their customers. As this occurs, the number of quality performing brands decreases. According to Gerzema and Lebar, this is the brand bubble, and the result could have a serious blow to the economy. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 02, 2008

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February 02, 2009

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November 05, 2008

Amazon's Best of 2008

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Amazon has posted its editors' picks for 2008. In the Business & Investing category, they chose: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder, Bantam A Sense of Urgency by John P. Kotter, Harvard Business School Press (Jack Covert Selects) The Brand Bubble: The Looming Crisis in Brand Value and How to Avoid It by John Gerzema, Jossey-Bass The Momentum Effect: How to Ignite Exceptional Growth by J. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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How to use brands to gain and sustain competitive advantage

Companies today face a dilemma in marketing. The tried-and-true formulas to create sales and market share behind brands are becoming irrelevant and losing traction with consumers. In this book, Gerzema and LeBar offer credible evidence--drawn from a detailed analysis of a decade's worth of brand and financial data using Y&R's Brand Asset Valuator (BAV), the largest database of brands in the world--that business is riding on yet another bubble that is ready to burst--a brand bubble. While most managers still see metrics like trust and awareness as the backbone of how brands are built, Gerzema asserts they're dead wrong--these metrics do not add to increased asset value. In fact, by following them, they actually hasten the declining value of their brands.

Using a five-stage model, The Brand Bubble reveals how today's successful brands--and tomorrow's--have an insatiable appetite for creativity and change. These brands offer consumers a palpable sense of movement and direction thanks to a powerful "energized differentiation." Gerzema reveals how brands with energized differentiation achieve better financial performance than traditional brands have. Plus, Gerzema helps readers develop energized differentiation in their own brands, creating consumer-centric and sustainable organizations.

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