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You Don’t Have to Race to Zero

By Zach Kliger In countless industries, companies are content to compete on price. Rather than looking for unique ways to differentiate, they are simply content to undercut their competition in […]

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Decide to Disconnect: Knowing the Limits of Your Brand Story

By Hannah Landers ModCloth, Moosejaw, and Walmart; one of these things just doesn’t belong — or so it would seem initially.   ModCloth peddles well-made women’s clothing that comes in whimsical patterns and vintage silhouettes, while Moosejaw has built its […]

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Why Bad “Plot Twists” Ruin Brand Stories

By Zachary Vickers When Norman Mailer said that the novel was dead in 1955, perhaps he was also heralding the impending fate of independent bookstores. In 1995, Amazon become “Earth’s […]

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Selling a Story You’re Not Telling

Craft a Narrative Built for Indirect Customer Marketing By Lindsay Cottman A staple of camps and classrooms is the children’s game “telephone.” The kids sit in a circle, and work […]

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From Cyberspace to Retail Space: Building Brick-and-Mortar Connections in the Digital Age

By Hannah Landers Retail is dead. Bankruptcies and store closure announcements from seemingly timeless brands like Toys “R” Us, Walgreens, and Macy’s have firmly ingrained this sentiment into consumers’ minds. […]

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Your Company Isn’t the Uber or AirBNB of Anything

(And that’s okay.)   By Zach Kliger “We’re the Uber of babysitting.” “It’s like AirBNB for bikes.” “Imagine Uber for dog walking.” It’s the shorthand founders of supposedly innovative companies […]

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The One Thing Six of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies Have in Common

Each year’s Inc. 5000 list recognizes the fastest-growing private companies in America. While these high achievers come from all corners of the country and dozens of industries, six of them […]

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Fintech, Disrupted

By Lindsay Cottman Ice cream cones melting on the hood of a car. Afghan hounds in stylish surrounds. Millennial-pink Jell-O sculptures swaying in slow motion. What may sound like the […]

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Seeing is Believing: When Contemporary Aesthetics Are Valued Over Timeless Storytelling

By Zachary Vickers When the Metropolitan Museum of Art revealed its new logo in 2016, Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s classical music and architecture critic, called it a “bus crash.”

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The Authenticity Filter: What’s Genuine in the Instagram Age

By Hannah Landers McDonald’s has long been plagued by a “pink slime” problem. Following a 2011 episode of chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, audiences were up in arms about the […]

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