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Modern brands suffer from more than bad advertising campaigns, they also struggle with complex systemic problems that are hard to define and hard to solve. This is the methodology that we developed, to help us find, define and sovle complex brand problems.
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Theoretical platform: Systemic Thinking + Theory of Constraints
Dark.Matter.Energy. is a systemic thinking and theory of
constraints based process that we use to find and
define wicked or complex brand problems. It is a our
brand audit and problem solving tool.
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Methodology to turn
brand thinking into a
helps us to define and
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Document Road Map
This will be of
interest to you
What is this?
Why does it
What does it
Why should it
matter to you?
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This will be of interest to you when…1
# When you know you have a good brand and proposition, yet the brand is
not growing or is in decline
# You are facing undefined brand growth problems
# Brand has stopped growing or is in decline and you do not know why
# You need an objective voice in regards to why your brand has stopped
growing or performing
# Your brand proposition is not resonating with consumers and you do not
You need to consider the Dark.Matter.Energy. offering when you are facing
the following situations:
Do you have a great brand, with a great proposition and product offering - yet somehow it is
not growing? Sales have stagnated and has started to decline? It might just be that your
brand has a wicked problem.
Dark matter and energy is the invisible stuff that keeps the galaxy together and that makes it
grow. Wicked or complex problems are those hard to define and difficult to spot problems
that is destroying the magic or dark energy behind your brand. In order to help brands with
this very real problem, we developed the Dark.Matter.Energy. problem solving
What is this?2
A wicked or complex problem is a problem
that cannot be clearly defined or be solved
by conventional means and thinking.
More often than not the problem can only be
defined when the solution is found. Systemic
in nature these problems have significant
brand growth implications.
Systemic and Design Thinking methods are
exceptionally effective at pin pointing,
defining and solving wicked problems
The Why of Dark.Matter.Energy?3
More often than not modern brands face very complex hard to define problems and
constraints. Problems and constraints that can only be spotted and pin pointed by
objective, outside in audits and analysis.
Dark.Matter.Energy. is a methodology that we have developed to pin point and define
those critical complex problems that is stopping your brand system from functioning
properly. Often with brand strategy work, we easily become focused on communication,
how to enter new market segments or brand positioning work and so forth without
effectively addressing key brand constraints or concerns . In light of this, we felt that in
order to effectively help brands to grow, we needed to develop a niche and focused
methodology that could help brands to understand and solve the real problems and
constraints that are stopping brands from growing. Our process is
Objective Outside in Performance
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What does it do?4
As a systemic thinking and theory of
constraints based process it helps us to
find and define wicked or complex brand
We audit and analyse your current
brand system in order to find the critical
brand growth pivot points, meaning
platforms and resulting brand patterns.
Using our proprietary methodology we
are able to define what the key
constraints are that is critically
influencing these key brand growth
components as well as why these
constraints are taking place. Once we
have done this, we are able to better
develop systemic solutions to the
constraints at hand.Dark.Matter.Energy. 11
The modern brand is more complex and more systemic in
nature due to the speed of innovation, changing consumer
needs and new world market environment.
With more complexity, increased speed of innovation, competition and the subsequent
market pressures, comes more intricate brand problems and constraints that needs to
be addressed. A great brand can be destroyed and weakened by those small complex
problems and issues. On a journey, if you are one degree off from your final destination,
this error causes a very slight deviation over a thousand meters, but it becomes a
severe deviation over a thousand kilometres.
When it comes to brand building, small things and details matter. It might not matter to
you, but it matters to the stakeholders who are not or has stopped supporting your
brand. The longer you leave it, the bigger the implications become.
Why does Dark.Matter.Energy. matter?
Andre le Roux is a Strategist, Mentor and brand Theorist who has been working in the brand strategy industry
for more than 10 years. He is passionate about the science of strategy. He has a B.A. in Industrial Psychology
and an Higher Diploma in IMC. Andre likes to think of himself as a systemic brand thinker that is constantly
searching for new and more scientific ways to create more powerful and impactful brands that truly will add
value to the lives of all stakeholders.
Andre Le Roux
072 387 2079
Thys de Beer
082 565 5508
Thys de Beer is an admitted advocate (non-practising) the head of brand Strategy at Vega School of Brand
Leadership, as well as the head of the Honours in Brand Leadership at Vega Cape Town. He has been in the
industry for over 10 years and he has recently completed his Master’s Degree researching the role of design
thinking in brand strategy.
Thys is an intellectual that is looking to change people’s perceptions about the power of the brand.
“I am an Alchemist; I love the power of collaboration and discovering insights that help to build authentic brands”
“I am a thinker and explorer and I love to find new ways of building better brands through using systemic thinking.”
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