"GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!" VS. "HOW CAN WE HELP?"
With big companies and big non-profits, we often see checks being written for sponsorship rights. This often buys the right to use the non-profits logo on the companies’ products and collateral marketing materials. While many non-profits are reliant on these...read more
FAMOUS TO INFAMOUS IS JUST ONE NEWS STORY AWAY
When the Exxon Valdez spilled crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound in 1989, years of building their name recognition instantly worked against them. Their high profile brand was a household word and the incident became a daily topic of conversation. Even...read more
5 POTHOLES TO AVOID ON THE ROAD TO A LOGO THAT WORKS
Do you ever notice that some logos are easy to understand but others are confusing? You wonder what they are selling or why you should buy it. You can’t quite read the words for the curlicues, or the image just doesn’t make sense. Somebody tried to get cute, clever...read more
GIVE YOUR CUSTOMERS A SOCIAL REASON TO BUY YOUR PRODUCT
In 1986, when we started the Barefoot Cellars brand, we were faced with the same problem that vexes most consumer product companies: How to get the word out with limited funds. A commercial advertising campaign was simply out of the question. As a new company, we did...read more
THAT’S MY BRAND, AND I’M STICKIN’ TO IT
Over the life of your business, either you will build an ever-increasing loyal following, or your business will end. There’s no treading water when it comes to building customer loyalty. If you are not constantly growing your customer base, you are losing it....read more
STAND UP, STAND OUT and STAND FOR SOMETHING
Your retail packaging must play by the established rules for labeling, dimensions, weight, units-per-pack, packs-per-box and so on. Your product must make it through the entire distribution system without getting crushed, marred, broken, misplaced, or misidentified....read more
I’LL BE BAAACK! – OR – HASTA LA VISTA, BABY!
We’ve all heard about the contractor who says “It looks fine from my house,” but the homeowner who has to live with it will never hire that contractor again. Sometimes bridges burn so quietly, you may not realize you are losing customers, especially when you are new...read more