Strategic Insights


Brand colors IRL: the Coca-Cola case

After having seen how my color memory messed up with a package of Kellogg’s, I thought that it happened again when the cans of Coca-Cola seemed much lighter and a bit more yellowish than usual. So, I thought I had another nice example of how my color memory failed. Until…



Brand Colors IRL: The Kellogg’s Case (II)

When I went shopping some time ago, I noticed that a box of Kellogg’s Special K Fruits looked very different to me. The red in the logo looked much lighter than usual. So – contrary to what the average consumer would do according to some people – I would certainly…


Printing Industry Profitability: update

These are my favorite statistics: the financial ratios derived from the annual accounts that companies are required to file. The most recent figures were published earlier this week, time for an update. And this time, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. CONTENTS: Net operating margin printing industry | All…


Brand colors IRL: the Kelloggs’ case (I)

Kellogg’s is launching new packaging for several of its products. Well, at least in my country. With both old and new types of packaging next to each other on the shelves, it’s an interesting topic for a new episode of ‘brand colors in real life’. And the redesign is also…





Brand colors in real life: the Milka case

The publication of the groundbreaking color study did generate some attention. Especially my plea for a more realistic, less fanatic approach to color tolerances in real life seemed provocative to some. I e.g. got a mail from somebody who is quite familiar with Milka, stating they would never tolerate a…



Real-life factors influencing color appearance in marketing

Right after I had published the article about real-life factors influencing color appearance in packaging, I opened my mailbox and found another very nice example. This one with a number of factors influencing color appearance in marketing. It is so nice that I have to share it with you.  CONTENTS:…


Sleep quality matters: time to wake up (with Dreem)

At first sight, it might look off topic for a business-oriented blog: testing a sleep analysis and sleep improvement device. But consider this: one out of three or four has sleeping problems. Which results in fatigue, concentration problems, errors. And that’s bad for business. And that’s the reason why every…


Opening an envelope feels like opening a present

Checking your (physical) mailbox and collecting, opening the mail pieces is packed with emotions, positive emotions. A recent study in France proves this, with the help of new technologies. And this emotion-packed experience is something brands and marketers should be aware of: it can benefit your marketing. CONTENTS: The setup…


Blockchain and Printing, Publishing, Packaging

Blockchain, it’s probably going to be the most used buzzword in boardrooms this year. According to Gartner’s Hype Cycle, it has just passed the ‘peak of inflated expectations’. And that’s what we see: everyone is talking about it, many are saying it’s going to dramatically change the way we do…