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I think your first point about the logo, however was a little too simple, probably in an eager attempt to keep people from thinking that a new logo means they’ve “been rebranded” – which most people need to understand. While a logo probably won’t make a sale, it needs to reflect the brand as well as your website or any other point of contact with the customers. Maybe it should read “your logo is not your brand.”
By no means am I saying that your examples are good logos. The companies you mention are brand masters, no doubt about it, and I fully agree that a logo is part of a brand. Some of them have poor logos because a redesign would be damaging, as you well know. In fact I think the logos of IBM, VW, GM and others you mention are horrible. Particularly that of Starbucks – I don’t know what they were thinking. Speaking of the Starbucks logo however, the two-tailed mermaid was used to signify a seductiveness, and there’s your emotive aspect. It might not work, but it’s there.