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  • Most US consumers say it is important for businesses to take a stand on social/political issues, but most also say corporate activism should happen only around certain causes and on certain channels, according to research from Sprout Social.

  • To pick a side or not to pick a side? That is the question plaguing many brands in today's politically polarized environment. Pick a side, and you risk potentially losing a wide customer base that holds opposing views. Don't pick a side, and you may be viewed as inauthentic.

  • When you're considering a typeface for your brand or project, knowing the right terminology can help you work with graphic designers to select the right font. This infographic explains shoulders, swashes, and spurs, among other typographical terms.

  • Many of us in marketing recognize that Taylor Swift is a cunning, calculated positioning savant, and the new, edgy, and angry Taylor is nothing but a brand refresh. Here are three takeaways for your own company or brand.

  • Content marketers tend to focus on external communication channels, such as social media, video channels, and blogs, but it would be a mistake to neglect other important touchpoints. These three effective tactics can extending your content marketing reach.

  • Selecting brand colors can be daunting: Should you go for an eye-catching red or a trustworthy blue? Today's graphic provides insights into how different colors make us feel and which colors are dominant in which industries.

  • There are many elements of a logo to consider: colors, fonts, simplicity, timelessness, uniqueness, and—perhaps most important—the emotions it evokes. Check out this infographic for tips on creating just the right logo for your brand.

  • How have iconic logos evolved over time? Do logo changes tend to correspond to periods of revenue growth for brands?

  • Imagine "McDonald's" with a formal, seriffed "M" or "Coca-Cola" in typewriter text. A brand's font speaks to a brand's qualities, and picking the right font is vital to your branding efforts.

  • When corporations mess up, the online outrage and media recrimination seem devastating. But, these days, the result is often increased brand awareness. What does a business have to do to really fail?

  • Procter & Gamble is the company that spent the most on advertising in the United States during the first quarter of 2017, according to recent research from Kantar Media.

  • Branding and merchandising expert Andrea Syverson explains how brands can become merchandising rock stars, how B2B and B2C brands alike can use merchandising to address customer pain points, and how "verbifying" your brand can help you to focus your marketing message.

  • A customer's first impression of your brand depends significantly on the colors associated with it. Learn how different colors elicit different emotions and how you can use the psychology of color to your advantage.

  • Consumers in the United States say Apple and Disney are the two brands they feel most intimately connected with, according to recent research from MBLM.

  • Best-selling author and marketing expert David Meerman Scott and musician Juanito Pascual, co-founders of sonic branding studio Signature Tones, discuss how a "sonic logo" and custom music can help you connect with your audience.

  • Consumers in the United States rate Wegmans, Publix, and Amazon.com as the most socially responsible companies, according to recent research from The Harris Poll.

  • When a brand story is crafted correctly, consumers will be proud to associate with and represent your brand, and they will market it of their own volition via word-of-mouth.

  • Branding is vital in today's crowded marketplace of companies, ideas, and products. And though most of us understand visual branding with images, colors, logos, etc., few understand that sounds and music can align perfectly with brand attributes—and set your brand apart.

  • The "geographic entanglement" of your company is one aspect of its brand that you have little control over, but it can have a big influence on your buyers. See this infographic for more on the role of geography in branding.

  • Brand tracking—collecting data from a static group of consumers on a regular basis—can assess and scrutinize shifts in KPIs and consumer attitudes and behaviors. You can track and benchmark everything from brand awareness to customer satisfaction to the effectiveness of an ad campaign.