Strategy Sparks Joy and So Much More

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Sometimes I get so laser-focused on the “day-to-day” that I forget the joy in what I do. Outside graphic design, outside web development and maintenance, outside content writing, outside video, outside all of the “tasks,” I love (pronounced “luuuuuuuv”) strategy. As Marie Kondo says, “It sparks Joy.”

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Time Has Shrunk. Has Attention to Quality as Well?

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We made a couple text edits and sent the client a new proof of the mailer. Through the beauty of technology, we watched as they opened the email, clicked on the proof, glanced over the last round of edit requests, and snap – off to press! But something was bothering me. It was negligible, almost like a shadow that I could see out of the corner of my eye but never quite catch. Deadlines. Because of deadlines, I sent the approved art off to press anyway. That was Friday. Today, only a few days later, we’re re-ordering the print run.

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7 Ways to Stay Top-Of-Mind and Make Marketing Connections

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What is your brand doing to maintain relevance to its audience? If your / your company’s brand is dependent on continued exposure in a specific market, what are the steps you’re taking to maintain that contact and staying “top-of-mind?” Back in “the day” it was a combination

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Business Vampires… or “Fresh AB-Negative – FREE for the Taking?”

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In a recent feature I saw on LinkedIn, the author talked about purging your life from those that make it miserable. “Buzzkills” she called them. Well, in the business world, I call them “Vampires.”  I wrote this feature about 12 years ago when I was pretty new at this blogging and social media thing, so I thought “What the hell, let’s see if I actually knew what I was talking about.”  Surprisingly, “Vampires” are always relevant. I hope you enjoy. 😉  (This post was originally published at TheBrandChef.com.) *** This morning, while still sound asleep (where I do my best

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Strategy Sparks Joy and So Much More

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Sometimes I get so laser-focused on the “day-to-day” that I forget the joy in what I do. Outside graphic design, outside web development and maintenance, outside content writing, outside video, outside all of the “tasks,” I love (pronounced “luuuuuuuv”) strategy. As Marie Kondo says, “It sparks Joy.” I love the why. I especially love the how. There’s little more exciting to me than a blank slate laid out in front of me with a goal on one end and a deadline on the other. So, Andy, how do we make the two connect? Today I set aside the “day-to-day” and

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TRUE Branding and Building a Stronger Association

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We had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with the members of the Iowa Society of Association Executives (ISAE) this week, discussing branding and building a stronger association community through our TRUE Branding process. The afternoon breakout session covered the concepts of brand and branding as it

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Can 40-year Old Music Brands Stand The Test of Time?

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I’m not sure if I’m getting old or if branding has become such an integral part of my existence that I can’t simply enjoy a new song anymore. Two of my music idols released tracks from their upcoming albums today. David Gilmour released the title track to

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Our Problem With Success

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We’re not failures, it’s just that a do-nothing, no-talent celebrity, pouring wine on her ass, is suddenly more significant than our success. There’s an odd relationship between our culture and success. It seems, especially in these days of immediate information and constant distraction, success has become infinitely

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The Irrationality of Robin Williams’ Death

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There’s something irrational about feeling the pain we feel from Robin Williams’ death. Who are we to mourn the death of someone we’ve never met? Who are we to assume his family needs our condolences or worse, reminding of the tragedy that has destroyed their lives? We

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Steroid Scandal KILLS Another Saint’s Brand?

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This post was originally published in a personal rant on Facebook. After thinking about it, I decided to pull this post over to TheBrandChef.com to push it to a point. This is a PERSONAL BRANDING issue if there ever was one.  Alex Rodriguez (“A-Rod”) and his doping

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