Best Buy: Turn it Around or Turn it Upside Down?

Please note: this post originally appeared on the Omnishopper blog.

If you’ve been in business in the last two decades, you’ve likely heard of turnaround situations or perhaps spent some time in the middle of one. Turnaround, often called a “company doctor” situation in the UK, has become an industry in itself. The metaphor of visiting a doctor works nicely as the company doctor can push, probe and prod us to find where it hurts and diagnose ailments.

Now, put yourself inside Best Buy just five years ago and consider what you’re facing. Retail is getting more competitive...

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Walk the Walk & Talk the Talk

Please note: this post originally appeared on the Omnishopper blog.

Day one, keynote speaker number one, and we’re starting with a talk that includes “Trump” in the title? A political discussion at 9:00am? Hard. In today’s ultra-divisive political environment? Oh no. This can’t possible go well, can it? What was the speaker, Peter Horst, thinking?

My immediate gut reaction was tempered fairly quickly (phew!) when Peter insisted that his talk would not be driven by political leanings, but would instead focus on this “new world” in which we live. A new world that isn’t...

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Skyways & Dayton’s

Is Eric Dayton the sober councilor proposing we stop using the drug we all know as the hamster trails of Minneapolis?

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Chasing the Dragon

First impressions are important. This is made painfully evident in high-pressure situations like a first date or job interview, and everyone does their best to design the best possible first impression. Do you fully consider this when managing a brand? The importance is profound, yet often has the easiest win in the arena of experience design.

“Chasing the dragon” is a drug reference. The idea is this: the first time you take any particular drug, the feeling is so dramatic it is seldom replicated on subsequent experiences. Part of the addiction is a desire to get back to that first moment or, using 1950s ad language, that first impression. This same idea applies to discovering...

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W.A.A.B.F.B?

Why are acronyms bad for brands?

The first rule of naming, don’t describe your product, company or service in your name. Why? Not only does your product, service, and company change, but it reduces your chances of trademark ownership and does not help memorability. Three strikes and your desire to describe is sitting on the bench instead of playing ball.

But what if you’ve been building some brand value in your descriptive name? And you’ve found a lack of receptivity from the USPTO.gov for ownership of your trademark? The answer in the past was go acronym or bust. This is why...

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You’re stressed out? Buy this phone case.

Two weeks ago, I finally set out to accomplish a task that has been on my to-do list for the last year: trade in my phone.

It was a beautiful Saturday filled with unexpectedly warm weather and a sense of accomplishment. I was knocking off all of my errands one-by-one and feeling like a champion. I walked into the Verizon store, told the salesman that I needed to trade in my phone, and began the longest two hours of my life.

The salesman who was helping me was clearly new, but he seemed very kind and genuine so I didn’t mind the process taking a little longer. His associate, however, seemed well-trained but...

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The Twenty-Seven Percent: Living Up to It

The idea that people can live without seventy-three percent of the brands in their lives makes you wonder if those brands don’t really care? What in their business model, practices or culture makes for a situation where people don’t care if they exist? We could blame the people in the study, perhaps they polled a generally uncaring gaggle of individuals?

Well, the best explanation is modeled in your best relationships. Is there mutual interest in the relationship? This sounds rational and worthy of measurement. But, if we push this into the realm of emotion, the question of love comes up. Is there a mutual bond, emotional or social, between the person and the...

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Ring Lesson #1: Identifying and Designing Your Moment in Space and Time

Wait a minute. Give me a minute. A New York minute. Minute by minute. Yep, we focus a lot on minutes, or lack thereof. Time is precious and one of our most valuable assets. Therefore, many barriers exist in earning a slice of people’s time. With this daily battle in mind, how often do you think about your brand’s secret weapon – the designed moment - that moment when you have an opportunity to make an impression, to make a friend for life?

We all know the importance of focusing on what makes us different. The goal though is to identify and capitalize on what makes us distinct; the components of our brand...

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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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2017 BOLD Awards

We're beginning 2017 the only way we know how: by being bold.

This year, Capsule is up for a BOLD Award from the Minnesota chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). The awards recognize Twin Cities companies and individuals who are pursuing innovative and bold intiatives. We strive to execute audacious branding centered around design thinking, and we have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people and companies in the last year. 

Thank you to Brilliant Reflective, Otso Cycles, Experience More