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Understanding Fame

Strategies for Building and Maintaining Brands in the Twenty-first Century

3 New Online Masterclasses with Paul Feldwick

Next Course: DATES TBC

What links Persil Automatic, Tesla, and the Kardashians? What do brands, entertainers, and celebrities have in common? The answer is Fame - though it’s not something we talk about enough in advertising and marketing.

Fame is arguably more important today in understanding brand marketing than it has ever been. It may sound simple, but of course creating Fame has never been an easy matter. And in a fast- changing world, we need to focus our attention on its underlying principles if we are to stand a chance of building it.

Paul Feldwick, Brand Planner extraordinaire and noted author, has been reflecting on Fame for some years now and recently wrote a book about it (Why Does the Pedlar Sing?, 2021).  And this autumn he will be sharing his latest thinking in an exclusive series of three online sessions for the APG.

The sessions will last about 2 hours, including lecture, examples, and hopefully plenty of discussion; especially in Session Three.

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Who is it for?

​These masterclasses will be extremely useful to anyone engaged in the building of brands and businesses through marketing and communications.  It is applicable to planners and strategists of all levels from any kind of agency or client company.

Session One: Why Fame Matters
  • Why Fame is a central concept for building brands

  • The science of Fame and ‘Mental Availability’

  • What brands can learn from celebrities – and from P.T.Barnum

  • The history of fame – and why advertising has underestimated its importance

  • What ‘creativity’ means in creating fame

Session Two: A Strategic Framework for Creating Fame
  • Four facets of fame

  • The use of mass media

  • What makes something a hit

  • Why it’s not just about ‘originality’

  • Distinctive assets, brand properties, catch phrases and furry animals.

  • Involving the audience

Session Three: Fame in the Twenty-first Century
  • What’s changed in the world of reality TV, social media, and smartphones – and what’s remained the same?

  • A close reading of some current examples of Fame.

  • What would Barnum have made of TikTok?

  • Is the TV commercial a dying format? And does it matter?

  • Celebrities, brands, and celebrity brands – are they the future?

Course Details


*APG Membership is required. Please go here for more information.



Dates TBC


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Please note, the sessions will not be recorded/filmed and we can’t offer catch-up sessions on future courses, if for any reason you can’t attend.

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If you are interested in attending a Training Course, please e-mail Alison Trotter at
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Paul Feldwick

Paul Feldwick combines over thirty years experience in effective creative communications with a Master's degree in organisational consulting and many years experience as a facilitator and trainer in creative industries. He has been head of the planning department at BMP and later a World Wide Brand Planning Director for DDB.

Paul Feldwick

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  • Training sessions will not be recorded/filmed and we can’t offer catch-up sessions on future courses, if for any reason you can’t attend.

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