Did you know that the first thermoplastic was a compound created from nitrocellulose and camphor? The two first brands being used were Parkesine and Xylonite until Celluloid was registered in 1869 in Newark, New Jersey. It was first used as a replacement for ivory. Well, that’s a long time ago and if there is one [...]
Brand vs. Company in the food and drink world
I’ve had the great advantage and pleasure to work for almost 40 years for Nestlé. During that time, I have regularly been asked to explain the difference between a brand and a company or, in other words, between a product brand and a corporation.
As any marketeer well [...]
We all know that one of several reasons why consumers often have an aversion to packages is that so many of them are difficult to open, or reclose.
That’s a pity, as many packages are in fact very good from a practical (handling), as well as from an aesthetical and informative point of view.
Why is it [...]
… and it’s in your big supermarket! One of the most visible trends in today’s fast moving consumer goods markets is no doubt the arrival of small local producers in the big supermarket chains.
How refreshing! … to now have the choice between buying from and supporting a local business or getting ‘factory-made’ products which sometimes [...]
No doubt we see today a lot of great designs in advertising, point-of-sale or packaging, designs that are simple, interesting and communicate well as for instance McDonald.
However, I also see more and more average, even mediocre designs that do not do the job for which they stand for, i.e. selling a product.
I have found that [...]
Working on the second book, I look out for good and bad examples of “selling communication” in all media where the pack may appear. Unfortunately, I found more bad examples than good ones, thus the title!
I have decided to pick some examples from the outdoor media here in Vevey where I live and see what [...]
I’ve spent all my life trying to figure out how to sell more. I have always had the ambition to try new things, using creativity, design and communication as tools. But the goal has always been, how can we sell more, longterm. Some wise professor once answered the question “How do you define marketing”? “Marketing is to create longterm survival”, he said.
One of my favourite books is by Fabrice Peltier, edited by Pyramyd and entitled “Art, échanges créatifs”. Why do I refer to this book? Because it deals precisely with the subject I wish to write about, i.e. can a pack be art? In this connection, I picked out the great French verb “emballer” which means to pack or to wrap, as well as to be carried away by enthusiasm.