The Bull who withstood the Monster

In the CEO Afterlife

In my blog of last week, entitled A Monster of an Idea , I gave kudos to the Monster Beverage Corporation for becoming a ridiculously -profitable, high-growth $2 billion dollar enterprise despite ignoring the Holy Grail of marketing commandments. Monster entered the market after Red Bull, discounted their product, proliferated the hell out of the brand, and committed a boatload of sins that would give marketing pundits Al Reis and Jack Trout migraine headaches.

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A Monster of an Idea

In the CEO Afterlife

My original premise for this blog was to share a variety of leadership and branding principles with the current generation of business leaders. Even though I am far removed from the energy drink target market, I’m a little embarrassed to admit my ignorance of the category and what makes it tick. The result is a brand that has achieved cult status by actually positioning itself as the anti-cult to the market leader, Red Bull.

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