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Social media won't save your brand if you have nothing to connect with. This was the core message in my Fast Company blog entitled, "Without the Right Message, Twitter is No Better Than Your Fax Machine." The message resonated with branding professionals, journalists and business owners alike getting retweeted over 1,300 times and getting onto LinkedIn Today's coveted front page addressing the most overlooked error businesses make when jumping on the social media bandwagon....MORE>>>

What Helped This Napa Valley Rebel Break Tradition (and Triple Sales)?

Marketing Rebel Branding: Botanical Bakery Package Design

To adhere to convention or to boldly go against tradition? That was the question facing this Napa Valley startup. Since their rebrand two years ago, Botanical Bakery has seen sales triple each year. That’s 3Xing of sales the first year after the rebrand and 3Xing that again the second year. Whoa. That killer sales trend is MORE>>>

You’re Killing Me With Cliches [Music Video]

Cliche-Tattoo_by David Brier

Improvised and sung from the heart, this video will change how you see the world and how it sees you. I’d seen one too many people I care about victimized by mind-numbing cliches, tired taglines and empty pitches. After all, how many had to be hurt before anyone did something? Too many. It Wasn’t the MORE>>>

9 Simple Ideas to Dramatically Transform Your Brand

Brand Transformation on LinkedIn and Slideshare

Steve Jobs said, “A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.” The same is true of ideas: “A few A+ ideas can run circles around a giant team of B and C ideas.” How many B and C ideas are promoted daily? Per one report, MORE>>>

Coffee Buzz and Chocolate Gone Wild (and Why Real Men Don’t Drink Decaf)

It’s been said, “There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, really dark chocolate, and chocolate truffles.” Gulping Down the Entire History of the World? New York Times’ bestselling author Sarah Vowell wrote, “Just the other day, I was in my neighborhood Starbucks, waiting for the post office to open. I was enjoying MORE>>>

How a New Logo Reintroduced a Co-op to its 66,000 Members

Rebranding a Co-op

“In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. It’s interior decorating. It’s the fabric of the curtains and the sofa. But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design.” Steve Jobs This co-op is one of the largest consumer co-ops in the United States and based in Western Wisconsin. And the last thing MORE>>>

The One Product Apple Won’t Unveil at This Week’s WWDC

Apple-WWDC-2014

It’s Apple’s annual World Wide Developers Conference. So when I heard a new language was being introduced, I had high hopes. I figured it was divine intervention. But those hopes were short-lived. It seems this year’s focus is on software, not hardware. Did This Apple Fall That Far from the Tree? Adam and Eve aside, MORE>>>

Hello, My Name is… (You Really Won’t Believe What I Texted at 4:17am)

Naming and Branding in the early morning

Seth Godin on naming: “Innovation involves making something that hasn’t been made before, and one way to signal that you’re doing something new is to give it a new name. But often, the new name gets in the way of people experiencing what you have to offer.” The other night, a friend (a fellow music MORE>>>