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How brands like Birkenstock and Victoria's Secret stage a comeback

May 2, 2023
It takes more than trends and nostalgia to become popular a second or third time around. It can take years of hard work.
"How can we not sell, you know, mastectomy or maternity bras?" says Sarah Sylvester, executive vice president of marketing at Victoria's Secret. "Like, why would we turn any woman away for anything that she needs if we’re supposed to be the leader in bras?" Above, an underwear display from 2021.
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For this Michigan stationery company, it's time to look beyond greeting cards

Apr 20, 2022
Rebranding can be risky, but Annie Lang Hartman, owner of Compass Paper thinks it's "definitely going to be worth it."
"We are currently working on relaunching our business," said Annie Lang Hartman. "And because of that we are trying to flip our entire inventory." Above, clearance sale mugs at Compass Paper Co.
Courtesy Annie Lang Hartman

Cleveland's baseball team takes the field as "Guardians"

Apr 7, 2022
Economic pressures have played a role in the campaigns to change mascot names that many people consider racist.
The team changed its name after being pressured to drop branding that many people considered racist.
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Aunt Jemima rebrands as Pearl Milling Company

Feb 10, 2021
It's part of a reappraisal of brands long criticized for their demeaning or racist roots.
Aunt Jemima has rebranded itself as Pearl Milling Company.
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What's in a font?

Apr 17, 2019
Lately, a lot of brands are embracing a minimalist look.
Lately, a lot of brands are embracing a minimalist look.
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Silver is the new gold

Oct 26, 2018
People over 50 have most of the disposable income, but marketers mostly see them as sick and fearful.
An office interior.
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Silver is the new gold

Oct 26, 2018
People over 50 have most of the disposable income, but marketers mostly see them as sick and fearful.
An office interior.
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What's in a name change for Dunkin' Donuts?

Sep 26, 2018
Don't worry, you can still pick up a glazed donut with your morning coffee.
A sign for a Dunkin' Donuts store is viewed on August 26, 2013 in New York City.
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Coca-Cola is changing its look

Apr 20, 2016
The iconic soda brand is trying out a new design.
Image via Coca-Cola Co.

Inside an infamous company’s risky marketing strategy

Feb 4, 2016
Jägermeister wants to broaden its appeal beyond shot-drinking bros
The drink best known for drunk college bros is trying to create a new image while maintaining the Jägerbomb spirit. 
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