Marketing professionals have mixed opinions on the state of branding today: 58% of those surveyed say "we're in a time of revolutionary change when it comes to how powerful brands are created," whereas 42% express the opposite viewpoint, saying "the fundamentals haven't changed at all," according to a report by the Branding Forward Project.

Brand marketers are even more divided about the importance of consumer-generated content: 51% say such content is more relevant and effective than agency-generated ideas, whereas 49% question its superiority over agency content.

However, nearly all (73%) brand marketers agree the days of strong brands being characterized by consistency above all else were indeed over.

Below, additional findings from a survey from the Branding Forward Project, an ongoing collaboration between Mechanica and Fast Company focused on developments in marketing and brand management.

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