Jonathan R. Copulsky
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
As the recent Tiger Woods scandal illustrates, brand reputation is more precarious than ever before. True and false information spreads like wildfire in the vast and interconnected social media landscape and even the most venerable brands can be leveled in a flash—by disgruntled customers, competing companies, even internal sources. Here, veteran marketing executive Jonathan Copulsky shows companies and individuals how to play brand defense in the twenty-first century.
Five Signs that You Need to Pay More Attention to the Possibility of Brand Sabotage:
A group of uniformed employees posts embarrassing YouTube videos, in which they display unprofessional attitudes towards their work.
One of your senior executives publicly blames a supplier for product defects, even though they predate your relationship with the supplier.
Your competitor’s ads trumpet their solution to the performance problems associated with your most recent product.
A customer unhappy with changes made to your product design launches a Facebook group, which attracts 5,000 fans.
Your outsource partner is prominently featured in numerous blogs and websites describing allegations of worker mistreatment and workplace safety hazards.
“Be afraid. Be very afraid. Brands are now so valuable that damage to them can mean millions or billions in lost profits, while threatening the very foundation of a business—its customer loyalty. Luckily, history gives us good models for defense against such threats, and Copulsky does an outstanding job of showing how brand stewards can apply these models to keep their brands safe. A must-read for everyone who cares about the future of their company.”--Marty Neumeier
“Shakespeare tells us that: ‘who steals my purse steals…nothing…But he that filches from me my good name…makes me poor indeed.’ In a world where brands are more vulnerable than ever, Copulsky does a terrific job of clearly identifying the risks to your ‘good name’ and providing a blueprint for proactively managing these risks. His insights on how to play aggressive brand defense are invaluable.”—Mark Zupan, Dean, Simon School of Business and Professor of Economics and Public Policy
“Increasingly, brand value and trust are influenced less by what companies say and more by what others say about them. Today’s social networks provide a great opportunity for companies and their customers to amplify a brand’s qualities, but not without risk. Copulsky does a great job describing how these powerful social networks can also quickly damage brands. This book is a must read for anyone involved with shaping and delivering brand strategy.”--Chris Abess, V.P. Strategic Marketing, SunPower Corporation
“The battlefield has shifted from building to protecting brands and Copulsky’s Brand Resilience is the perfect guide in this new arena”—Allen Adamson, author of BrandSimple and BrandDigital
“Because women make and break 80% of all consumer brand relationships, I never thought that I would look to a U.S. Army Field Manual for guidance on brand management. In a social media world where every mad customer has a megaphone, a strong defense is as important to brand value as a carefully constructed branding program. A brand crisis is virtually inevitable. Copulsky's thoughtful, well-researched and articulate book will give you the tools to survive the crisis and thrive in the aftermath."--Marti Barletta, author of Marketing to Women and PrimeTime Women
"Copulsky gives a vital wake-up call for all of us managing brands – old and new, large and small. His review of the risks is comprehensive; his set of solutions is highly useful. This is a must-read book for anyone building or managing a brand."--Christopher Ainsley, President and CEO, ShopperTrak RCT Corporation
“Brand Resilience could not have been released at a better time. Social media has transformed the way consumers buy and think about brands. Watching, protecting and influencing brand perceptions have never been more important for business leaders. Copulsky offers practical advice for managers engaged in building and protecting long term brand value.”--Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman Executive Board, Wolters Kluwer
“A very stimulating read that has added a new dimension to my thinking about brands and brand strategy. Copulsky’s arguments about the critical role of brand defense has stimulated a whole new set of future research ideas tied to brand value and brand risk.”-- Wayne D. Hoyer, Chairman of Marketing, The University of Texas at Austin
“Brand Resilience is a great primer on the damage that can result from unanticipated brand attacks. As an entrepreneur focused on measuring the impact of digital marketing and social media investments, it’s incredibly valuable to be reminded that brand risks need to be managed as purposefully as brand investments.”--Bharath S. Oruganti, President and COO, Encore Media Metrics
“Copulsky does an outstanding job of systematically laying out the risks that brands face in today’s world and provides practical advice for intelligently managing these risks. The book is well researched, and engaging because of the excellent examples and metaphors. Copulsky blends a marketing mindset, historical perspectives, and practical examples to produce a field manual for managing brand risk.”--Valarie A. Zeithaml, professor of business, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill