Rebranding Brandless Hillary


On April 12, 2015, Hillary Clinton announced her 2016 presidential bid. Since then, she has relaunched twice: on June 13th and within the past few days.

Three branding attempts in five months. Something is wrong. Something is very wrong.

Simply put, Hillary has no brand. She is a papier-mâché candidate: hollow on the inside. That’s why she’s had few hard-hitting press interviews. Nothing to say. She’s counting on those who believe that a woman should be president, regardless of qualifications.

Accordingly, Hillary often speaks about a war on women. Yet, a record 56M women are out of the workforce — because of the Big Government policies she espouses.

Riddle me this, Hillary: Is totally avoidable massive unemployment not a war on women?

High taxes and burdensome regulations stifle business — the creator of jobs. But, Hillary, on October 24, 2014, uttered this gem:

“Don’t let anybody, don’t let anybody tell you that, ah, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs. You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”

Charging publicly funded colleges high speaking fees, however, doesn’t seem to conflict with Hillary’s stance on trickle-down economics.

Last month, Quinnipiac University conducted a nationwide poll of 1,563 registered voters, including 666 Republicans and 647 Dems. The top-three words the respondents associated with Hillary: liar, dishonest, and untrustworthy. Remember: No trust, no brand.
An Evaporating Gig

A brand is a customer-validated value proposition. It must mean something. It must contain tangible substance, not just comprise an empty tagline.

What value is Hillary promising? What will she, can she, deliver? More unemployment, empty rhetoric, and lying, I suppose. Are you getting why Hillary’s popularity is plummeting?

Her latest “humor and heart” theme is a desperate attempt to cling to an evaporating gig. She shed crocodile tears to ABC’s David Muir over illegal use of an email server. Even David Axelrod, who successfully ran Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and was a senior advisor in his 2012 campaign, disparaged Hillary’s fake sincerity.

Had Hillary hired me to rebrand her failing, falling, insincere campaign — an impossible task, mind you — here’s the logo I would have designed:

Parting Advice to CEOs

Branding is not a superficial exercise of spouting trivial words. Words matter. That is why your #1 priority is branding; if it isn’t, make it so.

Congruity counts: You must be able to back up your words with actions and substance that your target audience values.

Hillary has proven that insincerity fails: Everybody with a brain will detect and reject it. Only the brandless attempt to BS their customers and constituents.

One cannot brand the brandless. Don’t emulate Hillary.


POSTSCRIPT #1: MSNBC’s Morning Joe Panel Incredulous Over Hillary’s Phony Campaign

POSTSCRIPT #2: WaPo/ABC Poll: Female Support for Hillary Imploding (09.14.15)

POSTSCRIPT #3: Hillary Can’t Name One Accomplishment for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

POSTSCRIPT #4: Russians Tried to Hack Hillary’s Server Five Times

POSTSCRIPT #5: After Six Months, Hillary Still in Search of a Brand

POSTSCRIPT #6: Rolling Stone: There Is No Real Hillary

POSTSCRIPT #7: Hillary’s Support Nosedives 10 Points in One Week (10.09.15)

POSTSCRIPT #8: Hillary Told Anderson Cooper How She Differs From Obama: Gender

POSTSCRIPT #9: Ron Fournier: Hillary’s Debate Performance Equally Good and Dishonest

POSTSCRIPT #10: DNC Has Chosen Hillary. Primary Elections Unnecessary

POSTSCRIPT #11: CNN: Democrat Debate Gave No Boost to Hillary

POSTSCRIPT #12: Hillary Tries to Censor Comedians at Laugh Factory

POSTSCRIPT #13: Obama Administration Confirms Hillary Exposed Top Secrets

POSTSCRIPT #14: Obama Administration Confirms Hillary Exposed CIA Spies

POSTSCRIPT #15: Hillary Caught Lying About Hating Wall Street

POSTSCRIPT #16: New Hampshire Women Turned Their Backs on Hollow Hillary

POSTSCRIPT #17: Hillary Sports Yet Another Slogan: Stronger Together (05.23.16)

POSTSCRIPT #18: Bill’s Former Secret Service Agent Calls Hillary Erratic, Uncontrollable, and Occasionally Violent (06.05.16)

POSTSCRIPT #19: Fortune Magazine Lists Hillary’s Email Lies (07.06.16)

POSTSCRIPT #20: WashPost: Hillary’s Continuing Political Decline (07.18.16)

POSTSCRIPT #21: Sales of Hillary’s New Book Top 300K (09.20.17)

POSTSCRIPT #22: Hillary Blames Loss on White Women (03.12.18)

POSTSCRIPT #23: Hillary Blames Loss on Middle America (03.13.18)

POSTSCRIPT #24: Some Democrats Want Hillary to Go Away (03.15.18)

POSTSCRIPT #25: Hillary Calls Democrats Sexist in Nonstop Tirade (04.01.18)


About the Author

Marc Rudov is a branding advisor to CEOs,
producer of MarcRudovTV, and author of two books:
Brand Is Destiny: The Ultimate Bottom Line
Be Unique or Be Ignored: The CEO’s Guide to Branding.


© 2015 Marc H. Rudov. All Rights Reserved.


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