Here’s a nice little idea – not a new one, admittedly, but still it’s worth remembering once in a while.

Brought to my attention by this little article in Ad Age – where Andy Berndt explains what he’s planning with the in-house brand agency at Google.

Reminded me that there’s an inherent sense of excitement to your brand when you do that “always in Beta” thing and that you can easily reward some of your more loyal customers with new things to play with – even if they’re not always finished and polished.

At the same time, what if we really did approach communications that way? So, ideas are tested publicly rather than pre-tested. That being the same was less worthwhile than being different all the time? Not to a point of confusion, but definitely to the point where you feel something ‘fresh from the lab’ was being aired or placed or launched online…

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