365: Who Is Our Customer?

March 9th, 2011

We can’t seem to get a handle on just who our customer is to create a customer profile. We aren’t sure how to determine who our customer is without revealing that we don’t have a clue. Does it matter if sales are consistent? One of my favorite magazines, UTNE Reader […]

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365: Do you ever get over whelmed by finding ways or trying to be inventive and original?

March 30th, 2011

There are so many companies with so many brands that it is hard to believe there is much “new” out there. Do you ever get over whelmed by finding ways or trying to be inventive and original? Finding ways to help relevant, authentic brands tell a unique story is rarely […]

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This Beer’s For You… and This Survey, Too

May 19th, 2011

Only 7% of the US beer market is comprised of craft beer devotees. Yet, this savvy market is hopping at an ambitious rate of 11% annually as the commercial beer market shrinks 2% year after year. We want to know more about craft beer imbibers to build a kick ass […]

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Owning your piece of the “pinch”, explicitly

August 25th, 2011

The hardest thing about Brand Development isn’t the time intensive research…. It isn’t being consistent yet flexible… innovative yet timeless. The hardest thing about Brand Development isn’t creativity, charisma, social media, new marketing, old ideologies, fierce competition, or even too many cooks in the kitchen (although that is a much […]

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The Better You Are, The Better You Look

October 28th, 2011

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world… it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead It took me 30 minutes this morning to buy wheat pita bread at the grocery store. Not because the lines were long or the aisles congested, but […]

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Solving Your Upstart Brand Woes

December 15th, 2011

Everything you need to know to get your brand new brand up and running… from writing your business plan to choosing your brand name, creating differentiators, identifying your customer….

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Simple Questions For 2012

January 3rd, 2012

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Shortcuts Won’t Ever Get You There

September 6th, 2012

Routinely we talk with unhappy heads’ of companies disappointed with their current brand development effort.  They say things like “the brand house don’t seem to get us”, or “they seem pretty rigid in their process”.   And the truly terrifying “they didn’t ask many questions, but now I have a new […]

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The Website is Dead, Long Live the Website

October 9th, 2012

When it became clear that it was time to retire the “flashy” BlackDog website, we did what we always do around here. We started looking around, asking questions, and reading the facts and findings of the guru’s that write the research. What we gathered was informative, most of it was […]

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