Can a Corporation Care?

We have to hold corporations up to a higher standard and believe in their role as members of our society.

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AlpineAire

How does design thinking move a bottom-of-the-shelf, fourth place brand to achieve a ninety percent leap in sales, jump to the lead position on shelf and continue to gain more share years into the future?

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Integrated vs. Orchestrated

We can't trust advertising, but we can trust an experience.

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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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The Omnipotent Shopper: Power to the People

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

Not long ago (70s and 80s) power rested in the hands of brands. Then, over time (80s and 90s), the power transferred to mass retail. And, in the age of the internet, we have seen a shift community having more power. The last stop on this power trip is the person, not as a shopper, consumer or guest, but as a human being.

Omnipotent: Def; Having unlimited power, able to do anything.

We live in a time when the people have the power to respond in force to a brand’s inconsistencies. Peter...

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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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The Sweet Smell of Retail Success

You don’t have to earn an MBA to know retail is suffering. In the age of Amazon Prime and big department stores closing (RIP downtown Minneapolis Macy's), it’s a new challenge to inspire shoppers to visit a brick and mortar store. But while many retailers are faced with empty stores and declining foot traffic, UK-based Lush cosmetics is still expanding their retail locations in the U.S.

How?

Simply put: you have to visit their store to get the Lush experience. 

The experience begins before you even walk in the door. Right before entering, the smell of vanilla, honey...

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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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Unlocking Creativity: FUSE Day 1

"Everything is people-centered."

The first day of Fuse is nearly wrapped up, and it's clear that everyone's focus is on one thing: creating memorable experiences for people. Not consumers - people.

Taking that to heart, below you will find easy and digestible summaries from a few of the presentations so far. Think theSkimm but with more uses of the word "innovation".

Christian Martinez: Communication In A Mobile-First World

Overarching point: Our desire to connect is what makes us human, and though the methods we use to communicate change dramatically, the desire for trust and community will always remain constant.

Key takeaways + stats: -One minute of video is...

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