The old adage “one plus one equals three,” has proven itself to be remarkably applicable in branding.
When two brands come together, not as a merger but as a joint partnership, it’s called co-branding. The brands join forces and pool their resources in order to increase brand awareness or reach higher customer value and retention. All it takes is one common factor, either a shared audience or goal, to generate a bigger presence with half the effort spent. Many marketing collaborations are developed between brands occupying similar markets.
In other cases, seemingly unrelated brands can fuse together to create something powerful. Great things can happen when brands look outside of their own locale and align themselves with unlikely but compatible partners that share similar brand promises. A cross-pollination between two radically different brands could be achieved by: