Will Bunnett

Politics • Branding • Psychology

February 4, 2014
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The State of the President’s Brand

Last Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address. But what is the state of the president? How is his brand holding up? On the surface, not well. According to Pew’s latest poll, the president was … Continue reading

December 31, 2013
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To Fight Poverty, Fight the Ultimate Attribution Error

Republicans in Congress forced the expiration of unemployment benefits for millions of Americans this weekend — an unprecedented move when long-term unemployment rates are this high. How could they be so cruel? Fighting poverty isn’t just a matter of making … Continue reading

December 3, 2013
by Will Bunnett
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Pulling the Scooby Doo Mask off Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan is the foremost expert among elected Republicans when it comes to whitewashing unpopular positions, so if he is now attempting to brand himself as a social justice fighter, could that mean an incipient trend for the Republican Party? … Continue reading

November 12, 2013
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The Conservative News Bubble Is Psychological

Charlie Cook rightly points out that the conservative news bubble isn’t just differences of opinion or predictions gone a little wrong: What we’ve seen are “astonishing miscalculations on hugely consequential matters.” For my part, I’ve already explained why I think … Continue reading

October 21, 2013
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From Digiday…

Will Bunnett, a senior strategist at Trilogy Interactive, and a former producer at Obama for America, said that in spite of these problems, Republicans have a successful niche brand at the moment — the base isn’t going anywhere. So they need to find a way to convince new voters that the Republican brand is relevant to them. That’s going to be hard to do without a strong, visible leader.

“It’s very similar to the branding problem Apple had in the early ’90s, when it had a small, devoted following, but its brand didn’t seem relevant to most PC users,” Bunnett said. “Apple fixed its brand problem with innovative products and design. But without a Steve Jobs-like leader, Republicans will have a hard time innovating.”

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October 14, 2013
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Republicans’ Brand Loses Them the Shutdown Fight

When the Republicans shut down the government in the 1990’s, Rep. Newt Gingrich thought the president would take the blame — but Rep. Dick Armey knew that was the wrong answer to the wrong question. The question would be one … Continue reading

Sad Mitt Romney didn't want to write a concession speech.

October 9, 2013
by Will Bunnett
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The Conservative News Bubble Is the Most Destructive Force in the Country

Somewhere along the way, that right-wing echo chamber that used to just help conservatives swiftboat John Kerry and so forth stopped being a tool for cynical manipulation and actually took over the right-wing worldview, elites and all. It’s now caused … Continue reading

September 26, 2013
by Will Bunnett
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Top Five Branding Principles for Email Advocacy

MoveOn was the original, the big dog and role model — until it laid off a bunch of its staff and changed direction late last year. Proving that the pressures on MoveOn weren’t a fluke, DFA also made big changes … Continue reading