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The sound bite culture is so deeply embedded in America, that half the nation is either dozing away, or is heavily subdued with constant 'breaking news' crammed with repetitive short sound bites, that hardly leaves them any time to deal with long, complicated sentences, addressing complex issues with logical bifurcation, comparing and deliberating opposing views and reaching conclusive comments. What did you just say?
What would happen if the folksy branding machine were to label the entire Senate and Congress on this slogan or product association basis? Would it create a national debate along the likes of American Idol, the Price is Right, or Deal or No Deal? Or maybe, simply a new Trump version of "You're all Fired"?.
The conversations today, across USA, from the main streets to Wall Street, from trailer parks to Central Park, usually revolve around what to say when asked about the election, having to explain the issues by simply commenting on who looked the best and who reminded them of what, and who's "so nice" and who's not nice at all. Like mumblings after an unfinished drive-in movie during a summer night on a long weekend, the chat goes on, while the two-year marathon of the US primaries seem to have not only exhausted the candidates themselves, but the public. Does this explain why US voters show up in the smallest portions of any of the Western countries?
To convey the message of personality, the labeling range is amazing. Isn't Obama like a Superman, says one, or Robocop or Tarzan or R2D2? Sometimes, cool like Paul Newman, mumbling like Marlon Brando, feisty like Anthony Quinn or biblical like Charlton Heston. This way, people can really relate to the personality and message. Now I understand. The overly brand-mentality society further speaks. How about Dirty Harry? Dancing with Wolves? Darth Vader? Even Mr. Bean? Finally, on what will Obama say to Hilary? "Frankly, my dear I don't give a damn", or "Go ahead, make my day", or "I'll make you an offer you can't refuse"
But the more enlightened and advanced commentators go on like this: Obama, "Now that's refreshing". "My kind of clean" And speaking of Hilary, "Welcome to the world", "Life tastes good". "Because she's worth it."
Senator McCain, a warrior and the real hero of must-see movie: The Hanoi Hilton about his life as a POW, is just a Hummer with a silent engine. His experience and stature is often puts him in along the lines of "Make every day good to the last drop". "Much more than meat alone". "Good things come to those who wait".. "We're right behind you. every step of the way" "Take power to the next level".
The talks go on early hours; McCain will not keep the Eastern Promises "There Will Be Blood" on pork-barrel a "Mutiny on the Bounty" certainly at High Noon.
Of course, those talking sides for Hillary side, isn't she just like Erin Brockovich, Norma Rae, Wonder Woman, Aunt Jemima and at times simply Jane? This is where it gets back ended to Tarzan and Jane as Obama-Clinton joint ticket possibilities come to surface including other pending ideas like Samson & Delilah.
Is Obama 'generation next' while Hilary "brings good things to life"? Are they both trying to "think", "think different" all the way to "why think at all"? Or are they really smart for staying at Holiday Inn Express? Let's ask the ducky called AFLAC.
Speaking on the other complex matters and domestic economy and searching for the simple solution, some one screamed,."do it in Huggies". Folks, "Just don't do it."
These days, the know-how of Presidential branding is as important as the keys to the White House itself. The combined billion-dollar costs of campaigns to get votes is no longer a simple matter of shaking hands and soundbites. Today, all over the world, national leaders looking for breakthrough images depend on ultra sophisticated branding and image identity systems to strategize and oversee their campaigns.
On the other hand, American folks are a nice bunch and still the smartest and most innovative folks on the planet, and despite all the current ups and downs, they have the real core to come out of the doldrums, the good old American way. Just do it now.
PS. Those curious about the connection of the slogans to originating companies, please Google. "Let your fingers do the typing"
Naseem Javed, author of Naming for Power and also Domain Wars is recognized as a world authority on Name Identities and Domain Issues and he is the President of ABC Namebank ( www.abcnamebank.com ) with offices in New York & Toronto. e-Mail him your URLs or current business names for a complimentary evalution. This analysis is serious business, so please identitfy your job title and background information on your company and the use of that name. All correspondence is confidential. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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