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Official Review: Rebranding Branding

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Official Review: Rebranding Branding

Post Number:#1 by gaporter
» 15 Sep 2017, 14:49

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Rebranding Branding" by Darren Taylor & Mark Schreiber.]

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Before reading Rebranding Branding by Darren Taylor and Mark Schreiber, I would have never considered a business’s “brand” as anything other than a logo and a current marketing scheme. However, Taylor and Schreiber – a brand consultant and professional novelist, respectively – make a strong case why branding is so much more than advertising, and why a company’s brand may be as important as its accountants.

Rebranding Branding is a business book that feels personal. While the book is written by both Taylor and Schreiber, I have to assume that the bulk of the content comes from Taylor, a co-founder of the branding/marketing agency Taylor & Grace. The book is written in first-person perspective, which lends to the informal, conversational tone that is conveyed. The personality of the writers is injected into the writing and their history with past clients is used as anecdotal evidence. This personal tone helps to prevent the book from ever becoming boring or tedious, which is no simple feat when discussing business tactics. I was entertained while reading, which made turning the pages quickly that much easier.

The book takes care to discuss what a brand conveys, the differences between branding and marketing, how to build a brand, and the consequences of not having a good brand. Australian tourism campaigns and the European Union are used as case studies to investigate how good or bad branding makes a difference, even beyond company sales, and there is a history lesson on the East India Trading Company. I found these case studies interesting – they really highlight how even global affairs can be dictated by brand strategy – and I enjoyed learning about the historical basis of modern corporations. Because of the far-reaching implications of branding, this book might be useful to a range of readers beyond business owners. For example, someone interested in taking control of their personal brand on the job market, or advertising a new club or group, etc.

The main criticism I have of Rebranding Branding is that at a certain point it becomes distasteful to dwell on sales figures and advertising to costumers. Our culture is already inundated with so many pervasive advertisements, do we need to encourage more? Of course, this book is primarily focused on business brands, so this is to be expected. However, I do like how the writers address this issue. They give credit to Marxist criticism of capitalist branding as manipulation. They cite the example that Chinese factory workers likely can’t afford the iPhones they build, and how branding is paid for by the overinflated price of the products. Other chapters of the book, though, build on how branding is more than advertising and selling products. Branding is the company attitude, or culture, which employees as well as customers must embrace.

I give Rebranding Branding by Darren Taylor and Mark Schreiber 4 out of 4 stars. I found no typos or grammar errors. The book as a whole had a very professional appearance, as far as editing goes. I thought that the graffiti-like graphics before each chapter were a little distracting and not relevant to the business themed subject matter, but this style does help to distinguish this book from other nonfictions business books (emphasizing the importance of creating a brand to stand out!).

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Re: Official Review: Rebranding Branding

Post Number:#2 by geoffrey ngoima
» 21 Sep 2017, 14:26

This one will be perfect for guys dealing with sales and marketing, obviously. I like the way you've put the review altogether.
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Re: Official Review: Rebranding Branding

Post Number:#3 by kandscreeley
» 21 Sep 2017, 14:33

It sounds like this has some really good information. I'm not sure it's relevant to me, but I do appreciate your review. Thanks!
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Re: Official Review: Rebranding Branding

Post Number:#4 by Elle Howard
» 22 Sep 2017, 17:42

This book sounds great for a business person or someone preparing to start a business. You review is very well written. Unfortunately, this book probably is not one I would choose. Great job summarizing it though.
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Post Number:#5 by Zelinda
» 22 Sep 2017, 23:34

This is a subject that interests me. I was especially happy to read in your review that the book is interesting and easy to read. An interesting business book? I'm sold.
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Re: Official Review: Rebranding Branding

Post Number:#6 by RegularGuy3
» 23 Sep 2017, 13:40

I've always been in the same camp as the reviewer was originally--branding seems like a lot of mumbo jumbo that just lines the pockets of consultants. I'm not sure this book would change this, as I've encountered it in my professional career. I had a 20
Minute conversation with one of these branding experts about why they felt adding italics was the key to changing a company's image. But thanks for the review!
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Post Number:#7 by Eric77
» 30 Sep 2017, 06:16

The book seems to be very informative. Guess it would be perfect for those in the world of business. Interesting though to find a business book interesting to someone who is not into that field. Great review.
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Re: Official Review: Rebranding Branding

Post Number:#8 by gali
» 30 Sep 2017, 06:20

A business book that feels personal and gives business tactics sounds like a good read for those interested in the topic. Not my cup of tea, but I am glad you enjoyed the book despite its dwelling on sales figures. Thank you for the review!
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Post Number:#9 by Christianokoye
» 30 Sep 2017, 06:25

As a 'newbie' in the business world, this book would indeed be a helpful guide. I have gone through few lines already and I can clearly say this book is informative. Kudos to the author!

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As a 'newbie' in the business world, this book would indeed be a helpful guide. I have gone through few lines already and I can clearly say this book is informative. Kudos to the author!
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Post Number:#10 by rusyalana
» 30 Sep 2017, 06:28

I'm glad that the book is not just a dull presentation of the information and that the writers gave some descriptive information about their history with clients. This will make the book more tempting to read. As for me, this book is not to my liking as I don't like non-fiction and I'm not a business person. Still thanks for the review, it is nicely written.
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Post Number:#11 by Pinkilicious
» 30 Sep 2017, 06:32

Business and Marketing are my fields, so definitely reading this. From your review, I can tell it will be really worth it to read. Thanks for the fantastic review.
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Post Number:#12 by ReviewerDiksha
» 30 Sep 2017, 06:44

Seems insightful, though not the one that would usually have my attention. I guess I will give the sample a go to find out more.
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Post Number:#13 by bookiegalke
» 30 Sep 2017, 06:50

going by what is in the review, this book presents branding in a way I've never encountered before. I will consider reading it just to get the full picture
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Post Number:#14 by Nwonye Obini
» 30 Sep 2017, 07:05

One does not need to study business or marketing to understand that branding is the soul of any business. Look at McDonald's and KFC.

Even in writing novels, a good writer soon becomes a brand; the author's name is written boldly on the book while book's title becomes secondary... Let's give Taylor and Schreiber a standing ovation.
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Post Number:#15 by Tonkayenmi
» 30 Sep 2017, 07:11

This is one best out of the numerous business books. I real enjoyed the reviewed.
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