Prof. Dr. Oliver Errichiello
“Brands are the communities
of the modern world. Sadly and gladly.”
Brands, advertising and consumption … There are few things that influence modern life as profoundly as logos, commercials and digital banner advertising. While many people condemn “brand name wars” and the almost occult ability of certain brands to psychologically seduce us, we also define ourselves—and, crucially, how we want to be seen—through brands by opting for certain brands while explicitly rejecting others. This is because people instinctively understand the message behind well-executed brands (sometimes the world over) within fractions of a second. Brands exist both across time and cross-culturally. Brands are a cultural phenomenon and a psychological means of self-definition. Yet their far-reaching assertiveness only becomes apparent when we consider the enduring needs, desires and hopes of consumers.
Advertising and Brand Sociologist
// Philosopher of Consumption
“To have is to be.”
In my role as “The Brand Professor” and a “Philosopher of Consumption”, I have appeared in multiple well-known consumer magazines in Germany as well as on many German TV programs. I am also a regular guest on various nationally broadcasted radio shows.
I studied socioeconomics and brand sociology at the University of Hamburg and psychology at the University of Lyon. After completing my studies, I worked for many years at the Institut für Markentechnik in Geneva, where I specialized in brand management and brand strategy for global companies. This was followed by a short period working as a consultant to the German Parliament in Berlin. Still fascinated by the power of brands and their socioeconomic dynamism—largely unheard of in Europe at that time—I was eventually drawn back into the business world.
I have worked for advertising agencies and corporations as a strategist and marketing manager. In 2006, I founded the research and consulting company Büro für Markenentwicklung (“Brand Development Bureau”) in Hamburg. I currently also manage the Innovation Laboratory set up by the Deutsche Seereederei Group.
In 2018, I was appointed to the world’s first professorship for brand sociology by the Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. I also teach at the University of Hamburg, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and the European Media and Business Academy (EMBA) in Hamburg. Guest lectures I was invited to give have taken me to England, Austria, Italy, Singapore and Indonesia.
In recent years, I have written books on brand management, brand sociology and consumer philosophy. All in all, I have written 17 books to date — many of them together with Dr. Arnd Zschiesche.
My work is published regularly in newspapers, magazines and blogs ranging from left-wing to conservative, including columns as well as comments that critically—at times furiously—reflect on contemporary forms of consumption and corporate management and encourage people to think deeply and to think ahead.
Brand Consultant and Speaker
As a brand consultant over the past 20 years, I have supported more than 200 companies in 12 industries in questions of brand and advertising strategy as well as positioning.
In this capacity, I provide companies with radical strategies—based on clear and comprehensible ethical principles as well as scientific methods and findings—to ensure that the added value of their brand is sustained in the long term.
As a speaker, I have played an active role for the last 15 years in the “brand-related affairs” of companies, churches and political organizations at conferences, seminars and conventions.
Ernsting`s Family – Nivea – Otto – Keramag – Roman-Catholic Church Hamburg – Roman-Catholic Church Essen – ADAC – Evangelisches Kinder- und Jugendwerk Mecklenburg – A-Rosa – aja – Ministry of Defence Switzerland – Stiftung Liebenau – SOS Kinderdörfer – Intersport – Peek&Cloppenburg – Varian – Floragard – A-Rosa – aja – Northern Business School – Lünebest – WestSpiel – Bremen Ports – Intersport – raumplus – QI Asian Innovation Conference – Marketingtage Schweiz
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