Six Rules for Brand Revitalization: Learn How Companies Like McDonald’s Can Re-Energize Their Brands Publisher: Wharton School Publishing; 1 edition (February 19, 2009) | 240 Pages | ISBN: 0136043313 | PDF | 12 MB
At the turn of the millennium, McDonald’s faced a host of serious problems: a decline in food quality, branding issues, indifferent employees, shoddy service and a poor bottom line. The global brand consulting company Arcature LLC was brought in to develop a global brand direction, and Light (global chief marketing officer of McDonald’s during those years)—with others—resuscitated the brand. Though the authors offer a few rushed suggestions for executives trying to recover their failing brands, or to avert the crisis in the first place, the book is essentially a hosanna to Light’s corporate messianic abilities. The titular six rules—refocus the organization, restore brand relevance, reinvent the brand experience, reinforce a results culture, rebuild brand trust and realize global alignment—are addressed, but sketchily, and without much direction for how they can be applied to companies that are not lucky enough to be the world’s most successful fast-food chain. Though the book offers small nuggets of useful advice, it suffers from its self-congratulatory tone, anecdotal filler and dry writing.