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Waking the Giant: Revitalising the Mature Brand

ISBN: 978-1-118-31956-7
240 pages
January 2012, Wrightbooks
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Brand maturity is not inevitable.

Waking the Giant challenges current thinking and practice when it comes to achieving growth with mature brands.

This book convincingly demonstrates that the challenge of revitalising a mature brand is just as exciting -- and requires just as much ingenuity and innovation -- as launching a new brand.

While major mature brands still dominate many categories, margins and growth opportunities are often less than exciting. The critical question is: milk the brand, or revitalise? And, just as important: is your organisation fully committed to, and able to deliver on, your chosen strategy?

Inside you'll discover:

  • the merits of revitalisation and milking strategies, and how to choose between them
  • how to renew positive differentiation for a mature brand
  • how to implement a revitalisation strategy and eliminate outdated work practices that could ruin your plan
  • how to align your revitalisation strategy with the consumers' and industry sector's evolutionary trends.
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Table of Contents



Part I: making the commitment.

1 Before we start, is it really worth the effort?

2 Abolish work practices that cause maturity.

3 Adopt new work practices.

4 Move from expert to intuitive strategy.

Part II: revitalisation strategies.

5 Deliver delights.

6 Throw your master brand into battle.

7 Brand vision archetypes.

8 Use symbolism.

9 Move from exposure to engagement.

10 Don’t engage in channel-neutral planning.

11 Change the rules of competition.

Part III: selecting the strategy thats right for you.

12 Is your brand revitalisation strategy aligned with the industry’s evolutionary path?

13 Is your brand revitalisation strategy aligned with the consumer’s evolution?

14 Is your brand revitalisation strategy changing the brand construct in the consumer’s mind?

Epilogue: just do it!

Recommended reading.


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Author Information

Dr Peter Steidl has lived and worked as a consultant in the UK, Germany, Austria and Australia and counts some 30 Fortune Global 500 companies among his clients. He is currently Partner, Business Planning with Mindshare Australia and serves as Adjunct Professor, Department of Computing and on the board of the Institute for Multi-Sensor Processing & Content Analysis at Curtin University of Technology.
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