From Living In A Tent To 8-Figure Company

My father was my idol. He built a chain of twenty-seven women’s clothing stores from scratch. And when I say from scratch, I mean from nothing. This is the true tale of how one entrepreneur went from living in a tent to running an eight-figure company.  The story starts out West. My mom and dad…

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Marketing Lessons From A Public Bathroom

When was the last time you sh*t your pants?  It was 2007 and I was on the way to the mall with my dad. 11-year-old me had just eaten a colossal sandwich from our local sub spot and I was ready to go shopping for my first day of school outfit. 15 minutes into our…

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How To Beat Content Marketer’s (Writer’s) Block

June was a terrible month for my writing, but it’s not my fault. I’ve got valid excuses for my lack of production. We’re swamped with work, I’m in the middle of a massive renovation on my house, and I’m trying to launch my brand accelerator program in August.  As legitimate as they may be, those…

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Why You Should Start Rewarding Your Zits With Gold Stars

Picture this… It’s Friday morning and 14-year-old you just woke up to a small volcano erupting off the front of your forehead.  Its red edges and noticeable pressure tells you that this is not just another dormant face volcano, but rather the Vesuvius of pimples ready to explode. I’ll spare you the dirty details (see…

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How To Start A Successful Business In 2021

I’ve helped build more than one hundred brands over the last fifteen years. I can boil all of that experience down into one tip for starting a successful business… Only play games you can win.  Don’t compete against a market leader in their favorite game. They’ll crush you. Tilt the odds in your favor.  I’m…

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Don’t Start With Why, Do This Instead

“People don’t buy your why, they buy what you can do for them.” I’ve never bought a product because a company told me their why. Have you? I don’t care about the company’s why. I care about my why.  Understanding that people buy things to solve problems is at the heart of owning a business…

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This 30 Minute Marketing Plan Works For Any Business

Sakichi Toyoda, the founder of Toyota, invented a technique called the 5 Whys to quickly get to the root of a problem. He came up with this brilliantly simple framework back in the ’30s, but it exploded onto the scene in the ’70s. Thousands of businesses around the world, including Toyota, still use the 5…

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The Secret to Content Marketing for Startups

I put out a minimum of one article per week. I share posts on LinkedIn each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The Recipe (my weekly email) hits inboxes every Friday morning. With the exception of our clients and the companies I mentor, those articles, posts, and emails are what form the perception of Special Sauce (aka…

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3 Company Rebranding Examples You Need To Study

Customers evolve, competition grows, and industries change. It’s easy to find yourself holding onto an antiquated brand that doesn’t stand for what you want or resonate with buyers. If that’s you, make a change. A successful company rebrand can ignite growth and carve out a better future for your company.  Your brand is not your…

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