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ZAG : The #1 Strategy of High-Performance Brands

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"When everybody zigs, zag," says Marty Neumeier in this fresh view of brand strategy. ZAG follows the ultra-clear "whiteboard overview" style of the author's first book, THE BRAND GAP, but drills deeper into the question of how brands can harness the power of differentiation. The author argues that in an extremely cluttered marketplace, traditional differentiation is no longer enough-today companies need "radical differentiation" to create lasting value for their shareholders and customers. In an entertaining 3-hour read you'll learn:

- why me-too brands are doomed to fail
- how to "read" customer feedback on new products and messages
- the 17 steps for designing "difference" into your brand
- how to turn your brand's "onliness" into a "trueline" to drive synergy
- the secrets of naming products, services, and companies
- the four deadly dangers faced by brand portfolios
- how to "stretch" your brand without breaking it
- how to succeed at all three stages of the competition cycle

From the back cover:
In an age of me-too products and instant communications, keeping up with the competition is no longer a winning strategy. Today you have to out-position, out-maneuver, and out-design the competition. The new rule? When everybody zigs, zag. In his first book, THE BRAND GAP, Neumeier showed companies how to bridge the distance between business strategy and design. In ZAG, he illustrates the number-one strategy of high-performance brands-radical differentiation.

ZAG is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA. For a quick peek inside ZAG, go to www.zagbook.com.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 137 x 203 x 13mm | 314g
  • New Riders Publishing
  • Berkeley, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0321426770
  • 9780321426772
  • 23,101

Back cover copy

"When everybody zigs, zag," says Marty Neumeier in this fresh view of brand strategy. ZAG follows the ultra-clear "whiteboard overview" style of the author's first book, THE BRAND GAP, but drills deeper into the question of how brands can harness the power of differentiation. The author argues that in an extremely cluttered marketplace, traditional differentiation is no longer enough--today companies need "radical differentiation" to create lasting value for their shareholders and customers. In an entertaining 3-hour read you'll learn: - why me-too brands are doomed to fail
- how to "read" customer feedback on new products and messages
- the 17 steps for designing "difference" into your brand
- how to turn your brand's "onliness" into a "trueline" to drive synergy
- the secrets of naming products, services, and companies
- the four deadly dangers faced by brand portfolios
- how to "stretch" your brand without breaking it
- how to succeed at all three stages of the competition cycle From the back cover:
In an age of me-too products and instant communications, keeping up with the competition is no longer a winning strategy. Today you have to out-position, out-maneuver, and out-design the competition. The new rule? When everybody zigs, zag. In his first book, THE BRAND GAP, Neumeier showed companies how to bridge the distance between business strategy and design. In ZAG, he illustrates the number-one strategy of high-performance brands--radical differentiation. ZAG is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA. For a quick peek inside ZAG, go to www.zagbook.com.
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Table of contents

Part 1. Finding Your Zag
Hit 'Em Where They Ain't
The Dynamics of Different and Good
Look for the White Space
Uncover a Need State
Find a Parade
Part 2. Designing Your Zag
Brand As a System
Checkpoint 1: Who Are You?
Checkpoint 2: What Do You Do?
Checkpoint 3: What's Your Vision?
Checkpoint 4: What Wave Are You Riding?
Checkpoint 5: Who Shares the Brandscape?
Checkpoint 6: What Makes You the "Only"?
Checkpoint 7: What Should You Add or Subtract?
Checkpoint 8: Who Loves You?
Checkpoint 9: Who's the Enemy?
Checkpoint 10: What Do They Call You?
Checkpoint 11: How Do You Explain Yourself?
Checkpoint 12: How Do You Spread the Word?
Checkpoint 13: How Do People Engage With You?
Checkpoint 14: What Do They Experience?
Checkpoint 15: How Do You Earn Their Loyalty?
Checkpoint 16: How Do You Extend Your Success?
Checkpoint 17: How Do You Protect Your Portfolio?
Part 3. Renewing Your Zag
Scissors, Paper, Rock
The Focus of Scissors
The Momentum of Rock
The Size of Paper
How Structure Becomes Stricture
Unlocking Your Zag
When Good Shareholders Go Bad
The New Prime Directive
A Two-Stage Rocket
Zagging At the Speed of Change
The 17-Step Process
Take-Home Lessons
Recommended Reading
About Neutron
Acknowledgments
About The Author
Index
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Review quote

"Each of [Neumeier's] books is excellent, but ZAG is revolutionary."
- JACK COVERT AND TODD SATTERSTEN, FROM THE 100 BEST BUSINESS BOOKS OF ALL TIME

"You already know that this book has the best title of any marketing book in a generation. What you don't know is the details of the Intrusiveness Death Spiral and what to do about it. This little book ought to help. A lot."
- SETH GODIN, AUTHOR OF SMALL IS THE NEW BIG

"Here's a practical field guide on how to create and grow a world-class brand, so no more excuses-read it now and start zagging."
- KIP KNIGHT, MARKETING VICE PRESIDENT, EBAY

"The revolution needs passion, imagination, and a dangerous handbook. Here
it is, born in the trenches yet written with enough verve and imagination to get you out of them-fast."
- BRIAN COLLINS, EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR, OGILVY

"A big idea surrounded by 17 practical steps and presented in a delightful style. The presentation alone is worth the price of the book."
- DAVID A. AAKER, VICE CHAIRMAN, PROPHET, AUTHOR OF BRAND PORTFOLIO STRATEGY

"Awesome book-even better than THE BRAND GAP. It arrived at my desk like a familiar but new friend."
- ROD SWANSON, DIRECTOR OF BRAND INTEGRATION, ELECTRONIC ARTS

"There are two strategy choices: Do what everyone else is doing, only better, cheaper, or faster. Or do something different and truly distinctive. Marty Neumeier offers essential insights into how to do the latter."
- PROF. RON SANCHEZ, COPENHAGEN BUSINESS SCHOOL, CO-AUTHOR OF THE NEW STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT

"ZAG is the new GPS for marketers. Clear, crisp directions for building strong brands and keeping them fresh and relevant. Read it before your competition does and stay one zag ahead."
- GARY ELLIOTT, VP BRAND MARKETING, HEWLETT-PACKARD

"Never has one author jammed so many good ideas into so few pages as Marty Neumeier has."
- AL RIES, AUTHOR OF THE ORIGIN OF BRANDS

"It is part manifesto, part practical handbook, and you can read it between LaGuardia and Logan."
- BUSINESSWEEK
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About Marty Neumeier

Marty Neumeier's professional mission is to "incite business revolution by unleashing the power of design thinking." He does this by writing books, conducting workshops, and speaking internationally about the power of brand, innovation, and design. Marty serves as Director of Transformation at Liquid Agency, and divides his writing time between California and southwest France.
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