Joe Baladi: The Brutal Truth about Asia Branding

Joe Baladi in his book “The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding”, and also in his presentations, aims to do three things: provide a reality check; educate key decision makers; and provide the means for implementation.

Joe Baladi

Why are so few great brands coming out of Asia (Japan aside)? The brutal truth is that branding is little understood by decision makers throughout much of the region. There exists widespread misconceptions and, in many cases, outright ignorance over the value and role of brands and the process required to build them. Surveys repeatedly confirm that Asians from across the region overwhelmingly prefer great Western brands to home-grown ones: given the choice, they will drink Coke, wear Nike shoes, and drive a BMW every time. Rare is the intense emotional relationship with an Asian brand found in, say, the Apple zealot. Yet, tens of thousands of new brands emerge every week in the region, reflecting the unstoppable energy and vitality that is fueling the increasingly universal belief that this century will belong to Asia. The continued absence of genuinely great Asian brands (as opposed to merely good ones) will, at best, slow that prospect, or at worst, put it in jeopardy. Something visible and disruptive needs to happen if Asian brands are to live up to their potential during this period of unprecedented change and opportunity.

Joe Baladi in his book “The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding”, and also his presentations, aims to do three things: provide a reality check by showing the present state of branding in Asia for what it is; educate key decision makers about the role and importance of strong brands; and provide the means for brand owners to implement sound practices and strategies.

Reality check: This book exposes the practices, circumstances, policies, and management attitudes that effectively conspire to hold back Asian brands from becoming great brands. These factors range from the clearly visible to the insidiously undetectable.

Education: The vast majority of Asian managers-particularly CEOs-are confused or misinformed about the role of branding and the importance of brand-building processes in creating great brands. This book takes a deliberately provocative, disruptive approach in an attempt to educate and enlighten brand owners, and encourage action.

Implementation: Knowledge is of little value if it is not complemented by execution. In addition to fundamentally rethinking the role that the brand needs to play within the organization, Asian brand owners will also need to implement change management practices in order to create brand-centric companies.

Joseph Baladi

Extensive experience in business communications across multiple geographies: from Melbourne to Mexico City; from New York to Tokyo and for the past 10 years, in Singapore covering all of Asia.  He is the former CEO of Carlyle Brand Consultants, and has been directly responsible for shaping or repositioning major SME and MNC brands: Millennium Hotels (Hong Leong Group); Crocodile International; Eu Yan Sang; National Health Care Group; Macau Grand Prix , HTL International, SINCERE Watch and many others.

Prior to moving to Asia, Joe held senior regional and global brand responsibilities as a Senior Vice President at DMB&B and McCann-Erickson Worldwide: Procter & Gamble, MARS, Labatt beers and Coca Cola.

As the CEO of BrandAsian Joe divides his time providing one-on-one business and branding advice & counsel to CEOs of some of Asia’s largest companies. He is also a frequent speaker on the conference circuit, a regular guest on business television programs, and regularly contributes thought leadership articles to business magazines and newspapers across the region.

Joe’s book – The Brutal Truth About Asian Branding – was released worldwide in January 2011.  He is the recipient of the prestigious Ron Frank Fellowship to read the Executive MBA program at Singapore Management University  (SMU). He graduated with Honors and was named in the Dean’s List.

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