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Startup Branding Agencies: What They Do and How To Pick The Best One

Do you want the secret to startup success? It’s not funding or product-market fit. Everything comes down to getting the right people on your team. Talent selection is the most underrated skill in business.  Your staff, partners, and vendors will dictate whether you end up with a learning experience (aka failure) or a full bank …

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How To Create A Brand Positioning Strategy

You can’t copy a market leader’s strategy and expect to win. Copying what the industry heavyweights are doing is a recipe for getting your ass handed to you. The secret to success as a small company is finding holes in the big players’ strategies. That’s where brand positioning comes into play.  Think of it like …

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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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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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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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3 Steps To A Ridiculously Persuasive Brand Story

I work with brands daily to help them tell their story. There are a few message killers that pop up repeatedly. If you’re struggling to win buyers, I’d bet one of these issues is to blame… You’re trying to be an option for everyone.  It’s not clear how giving you money will deliver the result …

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How To Light Your Company’s Growth Strategy On Fire

VF Corp bought Supreme for $2.1 billion last week. Nerdy Nuts has gone from $4k to $500k per month in sales. The new PlayStation 5 keeps shutting down the Walmart site and is going for over $1k on eBay. What do all of these success stories have in common? They’ve connected product, brand, marketing, and …

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