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Uber As Verb? Or, Guide To Smart Diversification?

Yesterday, Uber launched a completely separate app utilizing their infrastructure in a super smart way - delivering food. They had been testing a version where drivers had a pre-selected set of food items for quick delivery in limited markets. They launched a menu every day, and if you wanted any items, they were meant to [...]

Sound Strategy Can Leverage Fumbles Into Wins For Smart Companies

Too often, sports fans get upset when their opponent wins by way of a fumble recovery or one good play that enables a close victory. They exhort, "they were lucky!' Or, "it was just a lucky bounce." But the real truth is that the opposing team was just well prepared.  How many times are there [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:33:24+00:00 August 13th, 2015|Brand Experience, Core, Management, Marketing, Strategy|0 Comments

Transcending The Pitch And Becoming The Lifestyle

The delineation of Lifestyle Brands as a separate vertical is odd to me.  Its hard to think of "lifestyle brands" that don't retain a product at its core. Some examples of lifestyle brands - to me - are: Nike, Gatorade, Coca-Cola/Pepsi, and some could argue Apple or Facebook. You could arguably suggest that Livestrong at [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:34:49+00:00 May 28th, 2013|Core|0 Comments

Tragedy And The Brand Collateral Damage

Upon seeing the horrible replays of the horrible event during last week's bombing of the Boston Marathon, I couldn't help but notice the surrounding banners and logos that seared themselves into my memory.  Though neither John Hancock Financial nor Adidas had absolutely anything to do with the disastrous events, those images of banners and apparel [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:34:55+00:00 April 24th, 2013|Ruminations|0 Comments

Tesco’s American Invasion Was DOA

UK grocery company, Tesco, has decided to pull out of their American Invasion and take a $1.8 Billion write-off (with the favorable UK exchange rate - only 1.2 Billion Pounds - it still doesn't soften the blow of the astounding loss.) Tiffany Hsu's LA Times article points to Tesco's misunderstanding of what the public wants [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:35:00+00:00 April 18th, 2013|Ruminations|0 Comments

The Growing Pains Of Vision

Last week, NPR ran a piece on the challenges that JC Penney is facing while they shift the way they do business under (relatively) new CEO, Ron Johnson. While listening, it brought to mind some of the factors we often deal with when working with clients, management, and teams to institute new programs, processes and [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:35:25+00:00 March 7th, 2013|Ruminations|0 Comments

Automakers Raise The Platform Of Inspiration

Ahhh, Automakers.  I see you did get that email.  You know? The one where it is agreed that the focus in this first quarter of the year should be on inspiration in the commercials. Honda set things off right with the Civic commercial showcasing new innovations and emoting the feeling that things can always be [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:35:35+00:00 February 6th, 2013|Ruminations|0 Comments

JELL-O Takes Their Best Shot At 12.21.12

As it has become simpler (and quicker) to produce commercials and place them, we have begun to see many campaigns that are launching to coincide with specific events.  What might have once been considered a waste of money are now considered the norm - whether they are a waste of money or not.  With the [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:35:49+00:00 December 21st, 2012|Core|0 Comments

Hey Wendy’s, Where’s The Beef!?

It is now nearly two months after the Wendy's fast food chain announced that it was updating its branding and environment.  Wendy's had coverage and articles all over  though they knew they weren't changing over until March of 2013. Its understandable that changeovers cannot happen with the snap of a finger. But, did they have [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:39:01+00:00 December 6th, 2012|Ruminations|0 Comments