The 5ives: If At First You Don’t Succeed…

In Loren’s article this month, “What is Design Thinking?” he defines what design thinking is, why it is important and how you can implement it. Simply put, design thinking is when a person goes beyond making something “look good” and moves into a new mindset that is guided by human-centric solutions that anticipate what the … Read More

Strategy: Content Planning Tweak Makes Room for Innovation

I’ve been noticing a “Content-First” trend with our 2015 campaigns. In its simplest form, here’s the traditional disciplined approach to marketing campaign planning: Step #1:  Research Your Audience Step #2:  Pick Your Channels to Reach That Audience, Allocate Investment Step #3:  Develop Your Content to Fit the Channels During a few of our 2015 collaborations … Read More

Going Against Green

As a marketing gimmick, “Going Green” must be destroyed. People throw around buzzwords like they’re a good thing. Living in Minnesota, where mosquitoes could be the state bird, the term buzz doesn’t conjure up images of trendy hype. To me, buzzwords evoke fury caused by the thought of my three snow-free months being interrupted by … Read More

The Forecast for Brainstorms is Partly Cloudy

Companies have used brainstorming sessions as a tool to create “original” marketing ideas for decades. To be original, you must be first. Originality is the mark of an innovative company and is the wind in a successful marketing campaign. However, workplace habits and trends are eroding the benefits of true brainstorming. The forecast for original … Read More