Using Brands to Get What You Want, Make Corporations Behave, and Maybe Even Save the World
By Bruce Philp
McClelland & Stewart, Paperback, 9780771070044, 274pp.
Publication Date: February 7, 2012
In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, and for the same people who read Seth Godin and bought The Black Swan and How We Decide, this book breaks down the myth of brands and puts the power back in consumers' hands.
The foundation of Consumer Republic's message is 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. Through this book Bruce Philp will inspire you to buy less, maybe, but demand better; to make better choices; and then to speak up when you're happy and when you'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. Ultimately, if we take control of brands, we can save the world.
"Bruce Philp is a master of his subject, and he offers his readers a thoroughly gratifying peek into the inner world of branding. Consumer Republic bristles with insight and with wit."
—Stephanie Nolan, author of 28
"An utterly foundation-shaking argument that the consumerism responsible for plundering this planet is the only thing that can save it. By changing the way we buy, we can dominate the agenda of every major corporation. Maybe the most astonishing aspect of this idea is that it comes from an adman."
—Terry O'Reilly, author of The Age of Persuasion
"It is refreshing to have someone with Bruce's expertise bring clarity to an often chaotic and confusing area of practice. He not only shows us where we've been, but leads the way to the world of tomorrow."
— Rahaf Harfoush, author of Yes We Did: An Insider's Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand