Since the traditional notion of brands was largely executed as a media play, any �post branding� theory that maintains a media play foundation will have one hand already tied behind its back. A stronger foundation is to link brands to value. Thus this definition:
�Brands are avenues of value innovation in a creative engagement between companies and their customers.� This moves brands beyond the era of top-down monolith, and opens them up to customer initiative and participation. How companies architect their brand avenues, deliver value innovation, and shape their creative engagements will determine which particular brands will prevail. What is certain is that the old �missionary position� of brands is now dead.
Most companies that now depend on brands will probably find it extremely difficult to change their established brand practices. Traditional brands support established corporate hierarchies. It's only when Google or Yahoo redefine the world of brands that mainstream companies will be forced to catch up.
That's very interesting. And I think it's exactly right - brands have to leverage the edge as well.
The inertia that you've pointed out is the real killer - which means there's huge amounts of foom for disruption. Interestingly, all this is about as far off the Yahoo/Google radar as you can get...which is very good or very bad depending on your perspective!!
check out irwinslater.com - my brothers branding company - they have a great chance to be the edge difference - although admittedly - they are light on tech movements.
Point is they are a pure branding agency - believe that all starts there - i agree.