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Thanks, I really like how you laid out this concept of fractal brands. I think founders of the great companies have a vision "with the end thing in mind" that was so wholly clear to them that it was effortless to remain focused and be steadily resonant. The key word is wholly. Later, if that cultural DNA isn't imparted and imprinted with this vision once the originators are gone, the company often is said to have "lost touch" with the essence of the brand.

Agreed. Great brands so often are the product of a "visionary" founder -- literally, someone who can see what the brand could and should be.

A company practicing fractal growth can grow infinitely without getting "larger". James Gleick's book Chaos describes the length of a shoreline as an example of this--a stretch of beach can be a mile long as you drive it, or maybe 10 miles long if you follow every inlet. It can be 100 miles long if you look at every grain of sand. It can be infinite if you look at the varations within every grain of sand. A company that franchises every positive aspect of its business to cover processes from accounting to marketing can keep growing in this way.

Good brands are fractal. Every interaction you have reflects the interaction you'll have with every other piece of the whole, as well as the whole itself
I think you;re spot on. Even "brand awareness" is based upon some sort of 'fractal' communication - a glance, or sound half-heard. I just wish clients would pay attention to the [details of the] product or service as part of an holistic view of the brand instead of divorcing it to the role of 'marketing'. Love your blog/writing btw.

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