Keds brand has just appointed Kirshenbaum Bond Senecal + Partners to bring the brand into its second century. The brand spends just $5 million in advertising a year, propelled instead through the decades with a strongly focused brand image that was relevant when the sneaker category was invented through 1950s sock hops to 1990s cheerleader squads.
Iconic Brand Shape: You Know It When You See It
Keds is one of the few brands to have established a branded shape. You know it when you see it, no need for colors, graphics or logos.
Beyond the Logo and Name
Consider enriching your brand communication tool box with an iconic brand shape. It could be a fast way to differentiate and earn a premium from customers. Consider what Method did by packaging soap in gorgeous shapes or what EOS did with lip balm.
The founders of Keds didn’t get the name they really wanted. Their first choice was “Peds,” which was already trademarked. Fate did them a favor, by not getting a descriptive name, they ended up with s name that is stood out in the marketplace and still stands out today.