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The pandemic has made people’s lives more complex, according to research in the ninth edition of Siegel+Gale’s World’s Simplest Brands study. The global survey also revealed that consumers are more willing to pay a premium for simpler experiences. World’s Simplest Brands ranks the leading brands on simplicity, asking more than 15,000 people across nine countries which brands and industries provide the simplest experiences, ultimately reducing stress and improving the lives of consumers everywhere.

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As the pandemic makes life more complex, people crave simpler brands

The pandemic has made people’s lives more complex, according to research in the ninth edition of Siegel+Gale’s World’s Simplest Brands study. The global survey also revealed that consumers are more willing to pay a premium for simpler experiences. World’s Simplest Brands ranks the leading brands on simplicity, asking more than 15,000 people across nine countries which brands and industries provide the simplest experiences, ultimately reducing stress and improving the lives of consumers everywhere.

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Simplicity is the baseline for the modern consumer experience, and the last two years have thrown that fact into sharp relief. Given the complexity of this current era many people feel that the path forward is increasingly unclear. Furthermore, they appear to have lost trust in political institutions and the media. In response, people have placed their trust in brands, particularly brands that are easy to understand; transparent and honest; caring for and meeting their needs; innovative and fresh; and useful. In short, brands that are simple.

Brian Rafferty

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From premium products to premium experiences, consumers want radical simplicity

Simplicity is the baseline for the modern consumer experience, and the last two years have thrown that fact into sharp relief. Given the complexity of this current era many people feel that the path forward is increasingly unclear. Furthermore, they appear to have lost trust in political institutions and the media. In response, people have placed their trust in brands, particularly brands that are easy to understand; transparent and honest; caring for and meeting their needs; innovative and fresh; and useful. In short, brands that are simple.

Brian Rafferty

Leaders can come in all shapes and sizes - including bright and colorful creative ones. The born-and-raised Londoner, Sophie Lutman, has forged a career out of creativity that spans over 25 years. In various creative director roles, Lutman has worked with the likes of BBC, Telefonica, Capgemini, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, and EY, to bring their ideas to life. Months before the pandemic swept the UK and changed our working lives for good, she joined Siegel+Gale to head up its EMEA creative division. Like most leaders, her latest challenge has been guiding her team through the new challenges that working from home brings, including its limitations to collaborating on client briefs and stifling creativity.

Sophie Lutman

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Five minutes with: Sophie Lutman on removing complexity

Leaders can come in all shapes and sizes - including bright and colorful creative ones. The born-and-raised Londoner, Sophie Lutman, has forged a career out of creativity that spans over 25 years. In various creative director roles, Lutman has worked with the likes of BBC, Telefonica, Capgemini, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, and EY, to bring their ideas to life. Months before the pandemic swept the UK and changed our working lives for good, she joined Siegel+Gale to head up its EMEA creative division. Like most leaders, her latest challenge has been guiding her team through the new challenges that working from home brings, including its limitations to collaborating on client briefs and stifling creativity.

Sophie Lutman

DEI needs to be woven into the fabric of your communications every day. The question, then, is how to make that happen? It requires returning to the language of your core business strategy and reading again … very, very closely.

Derrick Mead

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What to keep in mind when revamping DEI strategies

DEI needs to be woven into the fabric of your communications every day. The question, then, is how to make that happen? It requires returning to the language of your core business strategy and reading again … very, very closely.

Derrick Mead

Balancing authenticity and action is difficult. One action often outweighs the other, resulting in a disparity that negatively affects people and brand purpose. I offer three imperatives that marketers and other business leaders can implement to authentically and actionably appeal to Hispanic consumers.

Margaret Molloy

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The power and importance of inclusive storytelling

Balancing authenticity and action is difficult. One action often outweighs the other, resulting in a disparity that negatively affects people and brand purpose. I offer three imperatives that marketers and other business leaders can implement to authentically and actionably appeal to Hispanic consumers.

Margaret Molloy

ith most major cities now awash with the same multinational brand names, the local feel of many urban thoroughfares has all but disappeared. Still, the sense of familiarity that comes along with the classic Italian restaurant, or well-known Irish pub, does provide customers with enough predictability to make comfortable choices and reduce risk of a disappointing purchase. While predictability offers some clear positives for customers, there are downsides as well.

Liz Olsen

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How to localize your global brand

ith most major cities now awash with the same multinational brand names, the local feel of many urban thoroughfares has all but disappeared. Still, the sense of familiarity that comes along with the classic Italian restaurant, or well-known Irish pub, does provide customers with enough predictability to make comfortable choices and reduce risk of a disappointing purchase. While predictability offers some clear positives for customers, there are downsides as well.

Liz Olsen

Our EMEA president Philip Davies caught up with Rajashree R, CMO of Tata Consultancy Services, to reflect on TCS’s recent rebrand.

Philip Davies

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When it comes to branding, you simply can’t fake it

Our EMEA president Philip Davies caught up with Rajashree R, CMO of Tata Consultancy Services, to reflect on TCS’s recent rebrand.

Philip Davies

In March 2021, digital artist Beeple sold his piece “The First 5,000 days” as an NFT at a Christie’s auction for $69 million. In February, Grimes sold an NFT for $6 million, and in May “Disaster Girl” sold the meme that made her name for $500k to clear off her student debts. At this point you’re possibly wondering, WTF is an NFT?

Liz Olsen

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Art, authenticity and non-fungible tokens

In March 2021, digital artist Beeple sold his piece “The First 5,000 days” as an NFT at a Christie’s auction for $69 million. In February, Grimes sold an NFT for $6 million, and in May “Disaster Girl” sold the meme that made her name for $500k to clear off her student debts. At this point you’re possibly wondering, WTF is an NFT?

Liz Olsen

As retailers search for new methods to win customers’ hearts and minds, a brand’s physical space of commerce will not play the same transactional role as it once did. With so much accelerated change in the external forces, the bigger opportunity is to have a fluid mindset for their retail experience. Retailers must think of their spaces as living, breathing and ever-changing organisms—called organic retail—that operate more like code or software than a static footprint. 

Jared Fink

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Organic Retail: Reimagining the role of retail through experience

As retailers search for new methods to win customers’ hearts and minds, a brand’s physical space of commerce will not play the same transactional role as it once did. With so much accelerated change in the external forces, the bigger opportunity is to have a fluid mindset for their retail experience. Retailers must think of their spaces as living, breathing and ever-changing organisms—called organic retail—that operate more like code or software than a static footprint. 

Jared Fink

Living out of a hotel used to be something only seen in movies. But in the age of digital nomads and remote working, hotels are making it simple for consumers to stay long-term. From InterContinental to Marriott, brands are taking a page out of Netflix’s handbook and offering subscription models.

Katie Conway

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Hotels can use subscription models to capitalize on new travel culture

Living out of a hotel used to be something only seen in movies. But in the age of digital nomads and remote working, hotels are making it simple for consumers to stay long-term. From InterContinental to Marriott, brands are taking a page out of Netflix’s handbook and offering subscription models.

Katie Conway

In episode 16 of The JUST Branding Podcast, our Creative Director Scott Buschkuhl discusses designing for humans, simplicity as an approach to brand strategy, presentation techniques and much more.

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Simplicity in branding with Scott Buschkuhl

In episode 16 of The JUST Branding Podcast, our Creative Director Scott Buschkuhl discusses designing for humans, simplicity as an approach to brand strategy, presentation techniques and much more.

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