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Your Brand’s Brand

Your Brand’s Brand

Throughout history, we’ve used branding to mark everything from bread to livestock. Bakers would cut unique marks in their bread dough as a way to signal trust to their consumers. Ranchers used iron to sear their brand and track commingling cattle. Today, we...
The Case for a Beautiful Website

The Case for a Beautiful Website

Many of the expert entrepreneurs I talk to are passionately consumed with the details. The little things that go into making a beautiful website – perhaps choosing from 1000s of font and color combinations. Or obsessing over a competitor’s website. Or...
The Social Media Algorithm and Your Business

The Social Media Algorithm and Your Business

“Every day we’d be having meetings saying, ‘What was Facebook’s algorithm change today, and what can we do?’ It was always an issue,” said Jessica Rotkiewicz, who worked as a news and branded content producer at LittleThings until she was laid off last April. “At the...
Playing Politics In Business

Playing Politics In Business

DISCLAIMER: This post contains political topics. I am not going to debate the merits of the topics themselves; this post talks of a brand’s response to an issue. You can replace guns with any topic you wish and the argument stands. Thursday, the outdoors equipment...
Confusing Complexity with Capability

Confusing Complexity with Capability

Last week, I met with two different entrepreneurs, in two very different industries. Yet they had the same problem. Internal complexity masking as capability. Any consulting session with me generally starts with a discussion about where you are, and where you want to...
You’re a Media Company Now

You’re a Media Company Now

It doesn’t matter whether you sell houses, cupcakes, yoga sessions, or treadmills, you are a media company. Or, at least should be thinking you are. Let’s look at today’s consumers. Today’s consumers care about the origins of the products they...
Valentines Day for Entrepreneurs

Valentines Day for Entrepreneurs

I have long thought the made up holiday of Valentine’s Day is eye-roll worthy. A capitalistic approach to drive greeting card sales, flowers, chocolates, and jewelry. A single day with such focus highlights broken relationships, places undue pressure on one...
Your Business, 2 Years From Today

Your Business, 2 Years From Today

The savvy business leader is looking at tomorrow and beyond. She is aware of the challenges today, but focused on the challenges of what is coming up. She is looking at the horizon, around the corner, seeing the unseen. I see many entrepreneurs fail to invest in their...
Your Strategic Toolshed

Your Strategic Toolshed

In the world of ecommerce, shovels and gloves have little in common. One is categorized in Tools while one is categorized in Fashion. When it comes to digging a hole, both can help do the job, but one is far more efficient than the other. When it comes to protecting...
Where Are You Starting?

Where Are You Starting?

Directions to New York City vary greatly depending on where you’re coming from. Not only will your route vary, but so will your mode of transportation. Without knowing the starting point, is hard to give a clear explanation of how to get to your destination. The same...
2018 Is The Year of Strategy

2018 Is The Year of Strategy

Last year, the goal of my agency was to speak with 100 entrepreneurs and business owners. The industries ranged from health and fitness to specialty foods; real estate to solid waste; and wedding planning to personalized calligraphy. And two food trucks! More than 500...
How To Develop a Social Media Strategy

How To Develop a Social Media Strategy

Whether you care to accept it or not, social media is here to stay. It is becoming a powerful marketing tool for businesses all over the world to connect with their customers. The questions is no longer, “should we be doing social media?” It is now,...
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