Category Archives: Creating Culture

Selling Experience, Buying Creativity

“Relationships drive business!”, according to the crusty sales veteran! The young sales leader rolls her eyes. The old fundamentals are true to the point that buyers acquire goods and services form sources that they like and trust. Nevertheless, in an … Continue reading

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Grinding Again, or Still?

Back to the Grind delivers out-of-the-box inspiration and great coffee in Riverside, CA. Creative people visit because the atmosphere facilitates great storytelling. Likewise, the bistro projects a brand that encourages eclectic coffee drinkers to congregate and nurture new ideas. With … Continue reading

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Self-Promotion or Referral Promotion

Businesses want attention. They want to be easy to find. Elaborate branding strategies generate marketplace awareness. Logos on skyscrapers, searchlights reflecting off clouds, key words to increase SEO, promotions featuring A-List celebrities are recognizable tactics that attract customers. When promotional … Continue reading

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Grabbing Money or Building Value

Barnum’s American Museum entertained millions of young and old customers across America throughout the mid 1800’s with brand new attractions and freakish animals. P.T. Barnum, the outlandish owner, placed signs on specific doors that said, “This Way to the Egress”. … Continue reading

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Your Brand Said What?

During an overly animated marketing presentation with a sweat-dripping speaker, an interesting branding question surfaced: “When does your brand take a break?” The presenter stopped dead in his tracks. Took a deep breath and screamed, “NEVER”, before returning to attack … Continue reading

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How Your Story Becomes Your Brand

A promising young business launches, ready to revolutionize its space! Rushing to get to market, it experienced an epic fail at firmly establishing its branding. Recognizing the priority of generating awareness, finding customers, establishing new operations, and paying bills, the … Continue reading

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You Had One Job! – Niche Development

A newborn baby enters the world, gets smacked on the bottom because it needs to start breathing immediately. New business ventures launch in an identical fashion. The newly birthed enterprise immediately demands revenue which only results from aggressive sales activity. … Continue reading

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