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Virgin. Apple. Red Balloon. IKEA. The Body Shop. The strongest brands in the world all share one thing in common.They were pioneered by one person's vision and are a direct reflection of that person's strengths and values. In other words, they are AUTHENTIC. We have...

IKEA's founder, Ingvar Kamprad, died in January 2018, aged 91. After starting from the humble Swedish beginnings, his entrepreneurial flare led to a multibillion-dollar global empire. Did you know the name Kamprad is a variant of Comrade? His passing marks a good time to review the strategy of IKEA. How radically it differed from other furniture businesses at the time of its conception makes for a good strategic case study.

Since early mankind, people have used symbols to distinguish their individuality, their clan, their territory, and strength - from cave paintings to flags, to the marks on a beast, to the label on your clothing. They arouse emotion and trigger recall. They are both a mark of trust and a promise. That's why it's worth investing in a solid brandmark.