The Power of Licensing

On Retail’s Jagged Journey to the Future, Brand Licensing Will be Key Tool for Marketers Who Need to Engage Consumers and Retain Customers

March 13, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder, Beanstalk

As the retail ecosystem changes rapidly, many brand owners, marketers and retailers are scrambling to figure out how to adapt. It’s likely that many winners will do so by using a frequently overlooked marketing strategy and tool: brand licensing.

The Power of Licensing #9: 10 Brand Marketing Trends To Watch In 2019

January 28, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman, Beanstalk

We are living in a time of radical transformation as the retail ecosystem continues to change at an accelerated pace (that shouldn’t surprise anyone). Where, when and how consumers buy goods is changing and we all need to keep up with the trends that are already having an impact if we want to succeed. So, what macro trends already affecting brand marketing and consumer behavior should we be paying even more attention to in the new year?

Dead Or Alive? Bringing Brands Back To Life

New York, NY, January 14, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman and Co-founder, Beanstalk

We can all remember brands we loved (or not) that have disappeared. Frequently they are household name brands to which we became emotionally attached—brands to which we were loyal and for which we still have positive associations, brands we trusted. Under the right circumstances, licensing can resurrect these brands

Brand Licensing’s Rising Value In The Digital Age

New York, NY, December 20, 2018 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman, Beanstalk

Brand licensing is one of the most powerful ways to make the most out of an already strong brand because of its ability to extend brands to products outside the brand’s core business, reach new and existing consumer segments at new touch points and support and communicate brand equities

From Michael Stone, The Power of Licensing: Harnessing Brand Equity

New York, NY, November 14, 2018 | There are many new paths for delivering a brand message to consumers, engaging and connecting with them, and motivating them to make a purchase.  Brand owners are experimenting, and often struggling, to determine the best paths for their particular brand.  Brand messaging today is a stew of consumer experiences and reaching consumers where, when and how they shop has created a “shopping battlefield”.

The Power of Licensing #8: Billions of Dollars in Toy Sales Seeking a Home

November 12, 2018 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman, Beanstalk

FAO Schwarz is re-opening in mid-November.  It sure is interesting observing the toy category these days. Toy sales are robust (although slightly down from last year), an iconic retailer liquidated, retail brands are rising from the dead, new retail formats are being tested, online and offline sales are blurring, and there’s disruption everywhere in the category. It’s been a while since I had so much fun with toys!