Estonia uses Skype to brand itself

Back in 2009, we used Estonia and Skype as an example of how a nation brand can be strengthened through the country’s commercial brands (for a longer disquisition check out our Nation branding and national brands: Making the most of…

Lithuania launches country branding perfume

We’ve reported about Lithuania’s nation branding issues before. Some proposed the idea of changing Lithuania’s country name back in 2008, London-based Saffron Consultants were hired to develop a strategy for Lithuania’s brand in 2009, and we reported on how that…

China: Rebranding 101

Even if you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you have heard about China’s impressive economic growth and its continuing rise as an important global player. A few weeks ago, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee released an informative report…

Interview with a Nation Brands Index representative

The BrandingKorea.org website, which is an independent publication that monitors and discusses the strategies, activities and challenges related to the promotion of the Korean destination, has published a worth-reading interview with Xiaoyan Zhao, Senior Vice President and Director of the…

Redrawing Europe’s country map

This is an old story, yet an interesting one. According to the Economist, the European map is outdated and illogical. Here’s how it should look: And here’s the rationale: People who find their neighbours tiresome can move to another neighbourhood,…

What’s in a nation brand?

Countries like Canada and New Zealand would benefit from a global branding strategy, writes Daryl Copeland. Yesterday evening I was in Gore, a smallish town of about 10,000 way down near the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand….

Simon Anholt on Brand Bulgaria

As we reported last Wednesday, a Branding Bulgaria conference was held in Sofia on March 1. The day before, Simon Anholt, one of the participants at the conference, had given a half-day Masterclass to a number of government ministers and…

Brand Bulgaria conference held

Bulgaria is one of those countries that emerged to the world after the fall of the Iron Curtain, but that hasn’t made itself an identifiable image yet. The country is now thinking about what’s Bulgaria image now, how it has…