In 1973 Stanford Professor Mark Granovetter’s “the strength of weak ties” argued that weak links, between people with different opinions, help new and unfamiliar ideas spread.
Strong ties bind friends and families. They encourage group think and build echo chambers. They deter people from thinking broadly, or seeing other perspectives. Strong ties lock you in.
We talk to Zoe Fenn, director at Flamingo, the global insight and brand consultancy, about how brands need to adapt to stay ahead.
Q: Zoe, there’s been a lot of talk around the death of the brand, do you think this holds water?
Zoe Fenn: Not at all. Of course, some of the really big brands that have been around for a long time will fade. So will many of the new ones.
It’s always been that way. The brand graveyard always gets bigger. But that’s different to the death of the brand.