Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Consumers

Romancing the Brand: How Brands Create Strong, Intimate Relationships with Consumers

by Tim Halloran


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A young woman tells a focus group that Diet Coke is like her boyfriend. A twenty-something tattoos the logo of Turner Classic Movies onto his skin. These consumers aren’t just using these brands. They are engaging in a rich, complex, ever-changing relationship, and they’ll stay loyal, resisting marketing gimmicks from competitors and influencing others to try the brand they love.

How can marketers cultivate and grow the deep relationships that earn this kind of love and drive lasting success for their brands?

In Romancing the Brand, branding expert Tim Halloran reveals what it takes to make consumers fall in love with your brand. Step by step,he reveals how to start, grow, maintain, and troubleshoot a flourishing relationship between brand and consumer. Along the way, Halloran shares the secrets behind establishing a mutually beneficial “romance.” Drawing on exclusive, in-depth interviews with managers of some of the world’s most iconic brands, Romancing the Brand arms you with an arsenal of classic and emerging marketing tools—such as benefit laddering and word-of-mouth marketing—that make best-in-class brands so successful. The book is filled with examples, strategies, and tools from powerful brands that consumers love, including Coke, Dos Equis, smartwater, the Atlanta Falcons, Domino’s Pizza, Bounty, Turner Classic Movies, and many more.

Ultimately, Romancing the Brand provides marketers with a set of principles for making brands strong, resilient, and beloved—and the insight and confidence to use them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118611289
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 11.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

TIM HALLORAN is president of Brand Illumination. He has built, directed, and consulted with some of the world's largest brands, at top companies including Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Kraft Foods, Procter & Gamble, Delta Airlines, glacéau (vitaminwater and smartwater), Georgia Pacifi c, the NBA, and Turner Broadcasting System. His successes include the national launch of Powerade sports drink and its sponsorship of the Olympics, codevelopment of Dasani bottled water, and the development of Coke's first Internet marketing initiative. He was awarded Innovator of the Year by Coca-Cola and named Max Award Finalist for Innovation by Georgia State University. He has taught at Emory University and Mercer University, and he lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children.

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Table of Contents

1 Romance and the Brand 1

2 Know Yourself 21

3 Know Your Type 43

4 Meet Memorably 81

5 Make It Mutual 101

6 Deepen the Connection 123

7 Keep Love Alive 145

8 Making Up 173

9 Breaking Up and Moving On 197

Notes 231

Acknowledgments 239

About the Author 243

Index 245

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TheAgencyReview More than 1 year ago
You know marketing is difficult because a lot of people spend a lot of time and money trying to create systems for it. Books are written, seminars given, entire MBA programs developed around the idea that if we just refined the process more, added a little more data, a few more apps, we could eventually shove whatever we wanted into one end and out the other would come work that would get people to buy our product. It is a dream whose appeal I completely understand. It is the appeal of the quantifiable. The knowable. The repeatable. It is, if nothing else, the appeal of the chance that I might be able to push all this messy emotional stuff off my desk and actually get done some of the other 10,000 things clogging up my calendar – or, God forbid, go home before dark and see my family before they’ve all graduated college. Believe me, I get this. I just don’t think it’s possible. I realize this is not a popular position. For I have had arguments about it with friends who are smarter and more successful than I am. And with MBA students I teach, who will go on to run large brands at large companies. And with CMOs and other clients at large companies. So maybe I’m wrong. But if I am, so, it would appear, is Tim Halloran, whose book, Romancing the Brand, puts forth (to read the rest of this review, please visit
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