While it’s easy to explain how Coca-Cola has become a brand after 100 years of marketing, it’s inexplicable how brands like Starbucks or Google have become brands in a fraction of that time, even without advertising. Why? And, why do we care about some products and services, but not about others? Patrick Hanlon, international branding expert and founder of strategic brand innovation firm Thinktopia®, explains how brands are belief systems that attract others who share your beliefs. Those who believe, belong and feel they are members of a grand (and often global) community. Primal Branding was published 2006 and anticipated social communities. It is listed as one of Top 10 books on branding. The construct is not only descriptive, it is prescriptive and outlines how you can create a community—whether they are consumers, co-workers, citizens, advocates, or just your best customers—that prefers you above all others. This unique and revelatory method (it's been heralded as "not the same old branding B.S.") has been used by Fortune 100 companies all over the world, to create communities of consumer zealots as well as a method for designing mission-driven organizational culture. Enjoy.