Brands That I Would Miss: Billboard Memory Test

Brands That I Would Miss is a blog series that focuses on brands that emotionally connect with their audience and would  be missed if they were to disappear. The blog series will conclude at the end of the FUSE conference in Miami, where our co-founder and managing principal, Aaron Keller, will be speaking on what a world would be like without brands. Follow along with Aaron, Kitty, and Maddi as they explore the trouble statistic "Consumers would not care if 73% of all brands disappeared" on the FUSE in Focus blog.

I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember...

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The Twenty Seven Percent: Humanizing Brands

The idea of a brand, which represents a corporation, individual or collection of people, is a human invention. We’ve invented these vessels of trust to be extensions  of ourselves, working for us when we’re not able to be present. The employees of P&G or 3M could never be present in every retail, industrial, commercial or household situation where their products intersect with people. Brands are, in one sense, leveraged assets of our humanity.

Some brands have forgotten, or perhaps never understood, their importance in our culture. This is starting to change.

There are many ways to interpret the twenty-seven percent, one is to consider what the number was...

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Brands That I Would Miss: Target

Brands That I Would Miss is a blog series that focuses on brands that emotionally connect with their audience and would  be missed if they were to disappear. The blog series will conclude at the end of the FUSE conference in Miami, where our co-founder and managing principal, Aaron Keller, will be speaking on what a world would be like without brands. Follow along with Aaron, Kitty, and Maddi as they explore the trouble statistic "Consumers would not care if 73% of all brands disappeared" on the FUSE in Focus blog.

“Consumers would not care if 73% of all brand disappeared.”

When we were brainstorming what we...

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The Twenty Seven Percent: Memory Capsule

We sat down this year with our team to discuss what we'd write about for the FUSE conference. Typical to any ideation, it starts with a lot of jibber jabber and the chaff of what might be good ideas. Then, we all focused in on a sharp quote that pierced right through our Patagonia garments, slipped through butter like skin, glanced off a rib bone and was heading right for a beating heart.

"Most consumers wouldn't care if 73% of all brands disappeared."

Ouch.

Stages of grief start to activate.

1. [Denial] This can't be right, who did this study? Can we get our hands on the data? They must...

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It’s Ok To Fight Back

Remember when you were in school? No, not the sorority party memories. Go back further. I'm talking the days of learning how to get along on the playground. Sharing your lunch treat with the cute boy and being sure to have a Valentine for each and every kid in your classroom. We were taught to turn the other cheek if someone was picking on us. Or if a confrontation was imminent, we should "use our words" in defense. Taking a swing at the school bully was the last resort. As grown adults, I know most of us try to live by these well-taught guidelines. However, sometimes it's not so easy and desperate times call for desperate measures.<...

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Think & Link for a Living: Sarah Nichols

Sarah Nichols, founder of RSVTea, will take the Think & Link stage in February.

About Sarah Nichols Macalster '16 grad Sarah Nichols is the founder and president of RSVTea Inc, a beverage company brewing fizzy, energy teas. Sarah created RSVTea because she wanted a healthier option than energy drinks and something better than boring, flat iced tea. After incubating company concepts in the Mac Startups '16 Program, RSVTea was one of six businesses selected for the competitive gBETA Accelerator Program. This is Sarah's first startup venture, and she's on a mission to "revive the power of celebration" with fizzy vibes. RSVTea: everyone's invited.

Sarah will be speaking on the journey in starting her own...

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The Curve of a YETI Cooler

The brothers who invented YETI coolers came from a fishing guide and entrepreneurial family. With a father as a fishing guide, they spent plenty of time out on water and in the heat. If “necessity is the mother of invention,” then these are the brothers of invention. We had a chance to sit down and discuss YETI coolers with their head of marketing, Corey Maynard, and talk about how the brothers of invention and three gaps made for a new curve on coolers.

If you haven’t heard of YETI, here are their sales growth numbers just to put the brand in perspective. The YETI brand growth curve is in a word, exponential.<...

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The Importance of Being Fresh

Five years ago Capsule was invited to participate in a General Mills project to study the concept of “fresh.” The group inside was a super-secret innovation team that resembled a SEAL squad. They had the ability to drop into any situation, study it deeply, produce profound insights and then facilitate ideation sessions with brand teams.

If you’re an innovation, research or consumer behavior geek, this would have had you salivating to a degree requiring a napkin. I carried one around the entire time. We won’t get into any more detail on the findings, methods or outcomes for General Mills because I’m not willing to give up my first born.<...

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Physics of Brand: the Book Tour

Coming to a city near you: the Physics of Brand. This year, we will be visiting a select number of cities where we will be talking about the value of a brand, the importance of a designed moment and how the book came together with three authors.

Cities announced at this point:

-- Seattle, WA: Nov 14-16

-- Washington, DC: Nov 28-30

-- New York, NY: Dec 12-16

 

Additional cities being considered for 2017:

-- Boston, MA

-- Portland, OR

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Spin, Puffery and Other Lies We Believe

We make the truth interesting.

Spin is the public relations equivalent to puffery in advertising. You know it when your PR firm passes along the sage advice of “tell the truth but manage the message.” Know the origin of the advisor before listening to the advice. Some in our field of marketing use the word “storytelling” loosely to describe their efforts to help brands. The idea here is simple, people struggle to remember facts and figures, but they remember stories. That’s true, but it isn’t the entire story.

People remember how you made them feel: through the use of stories, artifacts and the people surrounding your brand....

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