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Branding

Finding common ground

In a world that feels constantly divided over politics, sports teams, and the color of a certain dress, finding commonalities is more important to consumers than ever. If a customer feels they can no longer relate to the product or service they are purchasing, or the people trying to sell it to them, they will quickly go in search of another. We have a seemingly endless number of choices, and the power to select which companies and brands we best relate to. As your customers face their many options, how can you discover and promote commonalities to attract the ideal audience for your brand? Be...
Michelle Kolenz
Posted by Michelle Kolenz
Branding

The Brand Imperative That Can Determine Success or Failure

Ever heard of the brand, Wesabe? How about Webvan? No? You’ve likely never heard of them because they were promising businesses that died in their infancy. You have heard of Mint.com and Amazon Prime Now. These massive operations are what could have been for Wesabe and Webvan, respectively. Wesabe was a personal finance website that opened in 2006 and closed a short time later in 2010. It was meant to be a site that would help consumers budget their money and make better spending decisions. At the height of its success, the company received ample venture capital financing and signed up 150,000 members. But a...
Katie Peters
Posted by Katie Peters
Howto

5 Tips on How to Get the Most out of Your Internship

This fall marks the start of a lot of great things in my life: the start of my senior year, the start of my study abroad experience to London, and the start of a new apartment lease with my best friend. It also marks the end of my internship here at Intrinzic, where I have spent three months shadowing the account team on day-to-day tasks. I’ve interned a few times before, but with this experience under my belt I’m ready to share some of the tips I’ve learned from the inimitable experience of professional practice. Note: These are my tips—right, wrong or indifferent—so please take...
Nathan Nye
Posted by Nathan Nye
Branding Design

Using Design Thinking to Understand Your Brand Essence

As humans, we all have our own unique story. Every mistake made, lesson learned and achievement gained came from a journey that has allowed us to land where we have today. Those journeys, exciting, adventurous, and, at times totally exhausting, are what build the details of our one-of-a-kind stories that can’t be replicated or edited by ourselves or anybody else. They’re our ever-growing foundation that reminds us where we came from while simultaneously influencing our direction forward. Like people, organizations experience their own unique journey that builds their foundation. Of course elements like heritage and perspective have a major role in developing a journey, but...
Courtney Morgan
Posted by Courtney Morgan
Design Thinking

Beyond the Facts: How Stories Unite

Intrinzic’s Rob Pasquinucci recently sat down with Craig Atkinson, Vice President of Communications and Strategic Services at The Walsh Group and Safety Week Committee Chair, to discuss how storytelling techniques have the power to motivate audiences across an entire industry. Rob: We just wrapped up another successful Safety Week campaign. One of the elements that has been a key part of the campaign over the last few years is a push to go beyond merely telling workers to “do safe things,” but to develop narratives that rally workers to consistently WANT to make safe choices. Why did the committee choose to do this? Craig: We...
Rob Pasquinucci
Posted by Rob Pasquinucci
Branding Public Relations

Don’t Buy This Jacket

How Patagonia Provides a Map to Brand Authenticity For those who’ve never stepped foot in an REI store or aspire to climb a rock face, Patagonia is a brand of outdoor gear that traces its roots back to the 1970s, when it started making mountain climbing gear. The company has long supported environmental activism, and created waves with a strikingly honest 2011 Black Friday ad campaign suggesting that purchasing less stuff — including Patagonia products — could benefit the environment. The ad copy goes on to spell out what resources go into making one of its bestselling jackets, including 135 liters of water and 20...
Rob Pasquinucci
Posted by Rob Pasquinucci
Branding

What’s hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end?

Is it time for your brand’s visuals to change? Change often hits us from behind. And it’s usually either inevitable or beyond our control. Change is everywhere; in our personal lives, in our professional lives, and in our brands’ lives. I’ll personally be confronting one of the biggest changes of my life this August when I prepare for my first child to enter this world, joining my husband, myself, and her or his eldest sibling: our perfect goldendoodle, Indie. No matter if you are going through a slow change, small change or life-altering change, it’s important to adjust to the new normal. Life transitions can...
Sarah Fry
Posted by Sarah Fry
Branding Design Thinking

The Time for Change? Always.

Is your brand’s story ready for a new season? Spring fever. I’m feeling it. Aren’t you? That tingle of excitement, anticipation and wanderlust started rising in late March and is in full force now that the solstice is getting near. It can’t be helped—we’re biologically incapable of resisting the warmth of rising temperatures and the energy that comes with longer, light-filled days. The lush greenness of the natural world has made itself known, and the earth has recreated herself one more time, a new and incredible variation on a beloved theme. This desire for change usually has me re-evaluating everything from the trivial to the...
Abby Otting
Posted by Abby Otting
Changes
Social Media

Turn and Face the Strange Ch-Ch-Changes:

A couple months ago, Facebook once again shook up the marketing world and announced it was changing its algorithm. This time, the goal is to make the social network more, well, social, through prioritizing posts from real people as opposed to brands and publishers. While any changes to the platform’s algorithm gets brands’ hands wringing, I believe these changes simply point out the social media best practices we’ve been talking about for quite some time now: build content that sparks a conversation, develop relationships with influencers, and leverage the power of paid media to boost your presence. Create content that sparks conversation Brands sometimes forget...
Rob Pasquinucci
Posted by Rob Pasquinucci
Social Media

Find Your Social Match:

When it comes to social media, the big question in boardrooms today isn’t whether or not to go social, but how to reach the right audience on the right platform. Approximately 2 billion internet users are using social networks and these figures are still growing as mobile device usage and mobile social apps are increasingly adopted by consumers. With a number so large and a multitude of networks spanning Facebook to Pinterest to WhatsApp to LinkedIn and more, your target audience is somewhere in the count. So how do you engage when you also need to balance employee resources, budgets and time. To help answer...
Stephanie West
Posted by Stephanie West

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