SHANGHAI, CHINA--(Marketwired - Sep 22, 2014) -  David Aaker, who is considered the "father of modern branding" and is vice chairman of Prophet, a new breed of strategic brand and marketing consultancy, visited Shanghai today and met with key decision makers and marketing professionals at AmCham Shanghai and then later at CEIBS to discuss the most important concepts to shape brands and grow businesses.

"A strong brand sits at the heart of any successful global business," said Aaker. "Marketers today should strive to build strategic brand assets that drive business success."

Aaker was also in Shanghai to launch the Chinese version of his two books - "BRAND RELEVANCE: Making competitors irrelevant" and his newest book "AAKER ON BRANDING: 20 Principles That Drive Success." This book tackles today's branding challenges head-on, covering how strong brands are created, implemented, nurtured, defended, strengthened and ultimately leveraged to support business strategy. It combines practical brand lessons with illustrative real-world examples to deliver a useful refresher for seasoned marketers and a primer for brand novices looking to get up to speed quickly. 

"David Aaker's books and talks today are an example of Prophet bringing our knowledge of building global brands to help Chinese companies grow and win on the international stage," said John Holton, Partner at Prophet.

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David Aaker shared insights from his latest books on brand building, portfolios and strategy for business, marketing and brand strategists in Shanghai on 22 September 2014.

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David Aaker is the vice chairman of Prophet, a strategic brand and marketing consultancy. He is the creator of the Aaker Model™ and has published more than 100 articles and 16 books that have sold well over one million copies. Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, he received a Ph.D. and M.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Follow his thoughts on brand and marketing issues at

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Prophet is a new breed of strategic brand and marketing consultancy marrying analytical rigor and original creative thinking with 9 offices around the world, including Atlanta, Berlin, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, Richmond, San Francisco, and Zurich. The firm helps companies win by delivering inspired and actionable ideas. Prophet has worked with leading brands such as Cathay Pacific, AIA, Samsung, Huawei, GE, and UBS on a broad scope of projects in its areas of expertise: brand, marketing, innovation, design, digital and analytics.

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