Consumer Republic's message begins with this single, inarguable truth: brands make corporations accountable. Expensive to create, essential to making money, and more public than anything else a corporation has or does, a brand is an enormously valuable and fragile asset to them. And we consumers have the power to make it worthless. With fascinating case examples, and a startling yet pragmatic argument, Bruce Philp dismantles the simplistic predator-prey narrative behind the anti-brand movement, confronts us with our real role in the system, and inspires us to make every dollar we spend count. To buy less, but demand better. To make meaningful choices instead of just easy ones. And then to speak up when we're happy and when we're not. Pin every one of these acts to a brand, and corporations will be forced to cooperate in making our way of life sustainable. Brands, says Philp, are the only leverage the average consumer has with which to make a company behave itself. Abandon them, and we'll surrender our marketplace to scoundrels. Take control of them, and we can save the world.
Bruce Philp spent nearly three decades in the business of advertising and branding, mediating between corporations who want to make money and consumers who hope to exchange some for a better life. Working with some of the world's most famous brands, he has been in a unique position to observe how marketers and their consumers operate as two solitudes, and the dysfunction, waste, and damage that often result. In 2008, he co-authored the bestseller The Orange Code: How ING Direct Succeeded By Being A Rebel With a Cause.
Bruce Philp speaks and writes on branding at his blog, www.brandcowboy.com, and is an occasional contributor to newspaper and marketing trade journals. He lives in Toronto.