One Brand Clapping Makes Its Exit

one brand clapping makes its exit
David Allison says farewell (for now?) to his One Brand Clapping readers.

After a stellar two-year run, Vancouver’s premier branding blog, One Brand Clapping, is closing down. Below, author David Allison blogs his valediction, and delivers an urgent exhortation to his readers.

It’s been great couple of years, hasn’t it? We’ve strolled hand in hand through the forests of marketing, examining the old growth, taking note of the saplings.

But there is a time to every purpose, and the time has come to lay to rest my weekly rumination on Vancouver branding, One Brand Clapping.

My 10 Favourite Posts

Gap Gets Bullied Out of Its New Logo
The people speak, and a big brand backs off

How Not to Name Real Estate Developments
Do you really want to live in a building named after a condiment?

Marketing for a Vancouver Future
The Vancouver of the year 2050 will be very different than the YVR of today

Douglas Coupland Reimagines Roots
A brilliant branding revitalization, by a hometown cultural icon

Air Canada Wastes Branding Opportunity
Dropped like a spurned lover, Air Canada demotes best customers without a hug

Lululemon Gets Gold for Guts
Cheeky and risky, but hugely successful, LuLu lets loose during the Olympics

Branding Is Art
A great painting and a great brand share some key characteristics

I Got Splotchy Service
No matter how bad the situation, make the customer feel comfy

This Is Rich
American Express Centurion Card for the uber-rich launches in Canada

Suckers for Imperfection
Brands would do well to loosen their neckties, and be a bit more human

Worry not: I’m stepping away from centre stage, but I still plan on strolling in from the wings, cameo-style, when an irresistible branding issue arises.

Marketing gets democratic

These two years have been a time of tumult in the marketing world. Power has shifted from the boardroom to the street. To wit: Gap, which launched a new logo, reverted to the old one after 36 hours of harsh criticism from far and wide. Or Old Spice, which spun a risky TV ad and genius social media campaign into branding gold. The world has been talking, and I’ve had a riotous good time adding One Brand Clapping’s voice to the din.

Now the next marketing innovation is on the horizon, and true to Braun/Allison form, we’re taking dead aim. It’s no longer enough to be a voice in the crowd. We need to be a voice in the right crowd, in the right way, at the right time.

The evolution from broad to fine is natural. I worked in an advertising agency after university, in the days when graphic designers first used computers. For a time, every completed ad had 100 fonts, all stretched and bolded and mucked with. Why? Because it was possible. Over time, the technology matured. 

Targeting your branding strategy

Maintaining an online voice is similar. Since Braun/Allison works almost exclusively with the real estate developers, it’s better for me to develop my following and my cachet in that specific community. Writing as a multipurpose expert is a delight – the grazing pasture is wonderfully wide – but the enjoyment can come at the cost of focus. 

This realignment harmonizes with my final exhortation to readers of One Brand Clapping: No matter your business, join the conversation. It’s taking place, with or without you. Whether a florist or restaurateur, real-estate developer or accountant, you must define your audience of interest. A narrow focus makes you a more influential voice at a smaller cocktail party.

And with that, I offer a fond farewell. I’ve left a parting gift in the sidebar at right: My all-time favourite OBC posts, a walk down memory lane. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as much as I enjoyed writing them.


David Allison
February 2, 2011


David Allison is co-principal of Braun/Allison Inc., a real estate marketing and branding firm based in Vancouver. He’s the author of two books on current methods to reach and influence real estate buyers in the new economy. He contributes to BCBusiness, his company blog, and the Real Estate News Exchange.