Can You Name These Red, White and Blue Brands?

Can you name all 38 Red, White and Blue Brands in the Brand Star pictured above?

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ANSWER:

RED, WHITE AND BLUE BRAND STAR BRANDS:

RED:

CNN, Target, CVS Pharmacy, Kool-Aid, Levi’s, Colgate, Jell-o, Coca-Cola, Campbell’s, Johnnie Walker Red Label, Red Bull, ESPN, Band-Aid.

WHITE:

Dewar’s White Label, The White House, Dove, Ivory, Calvin Klein White T-Shirts, Apple, White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor fragrance, Nestle Toll House Premier White Morsels.

BLUE:

Blue Buffalo Company, IBM, WordPress, Skype, Intel, LinkedIn, jetBlue, Twitter, GE, Twitter, The Weather Channel, Facebook, AT&T, Ford, PayPal, Lowe’s, Chase.

 

Six Brand-tastic Ideas for Father’s Day

It can be challenging to come up with a gift idea that will be an exciting, original home run  for dad on Father’s Day. We’ve got you covered! Check out these brands that offer curated collections, variety and unique gifts that keep on giving.

Make some noise! With fewer and fewer record stores and an immense sea of online options it’s hard to hone in on which music to sample next. What could be a more perfect gift for a music-loving dad than a subscription to receive a weekly or monthly delivery of the newest independent music releases? Rough Trade will deliver selections from their exclusive  private collection of recordings right to your dad’s email. It doesn’t get much easier than that to stay on top of the latest grooves. Read more about what we think makes Rough Trade a successful brand in the sea of sounds here.

 

Take the high road. Even if dad loves to drive, there are times when he’d really rather not. Navigating a strange city is no easy task. Driving home after a long night out on the town is no fun. We all have experienced how difficult it can be to try to hail a cab in the rain. Give your dad the gift of an easy ride with Uber. Uber provides a reliable car service that’s available whenever your dad needs it at the touch of a cell phone. Sign yourself and Dad up and then you can give a gift certificate directly to his account. See more on what makes the Uber brand stand out from other car services and taxi’s here.

 

 Help your dad be the host with the most. There’s something special about serving and enjoying a great glass of wine. But which wine to choose? With Virgin Wines every wine is a delicious decision. They offer boutique-quality, handcrafted wine from all over the world, delivered right to dad’s doorstep (without the high price tag). You can select wine by the bottle, the case, gift collections and the “Explorers Club” where each month they send a case of 15 individual expertly selected wines. Here’s to dad, cheers!

 

What’s good for the goose… We recommended this as a gift for mom on Mother’s Day and thankfully, Birchbox has awesome selections for guys, too! It’s challenging for busy guys to get into stores to sample new products. So why not make it easier for dad and bring those samples directly to his door? Birchbox does just that. Birchbox bundles several samples of cosmetics, skin care items and lifestyle products and accessories all into a handsome Birchbox and delivers it directly to dad’s doorstep.  Read more about what we feel drives the success of the Birchbox brand here.

 

Give an experience dad won’t forget.  You’ve been hearing about “it” for years, you know that thing that dad has “always wanted to do,” like, drive a race car, pilot a plane, fly in a fighter jet, rafting the river rapids or hot air ballooning over the countryside. Cloud 9 Living has over 1,800 unique experiential gifts in 43 regions across the United States. Select “that one” dad’s been talking about or give him the option of selecting his own with an open-ended gift certificate. The world is waiting!

 

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10 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Clients this Holiday

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season and it’s a great time to start to say thank you to your clients and customers. Whether you are a life coach, marketing consultant, personal trainer or a candle maker. Your business only survives (and thrives) because there are people out there who are willing to choose your brand out of all the many options available. Why not take a minute to say thanks?

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Here’s 10 easy and effective ways to show your gratitude. They don’t have to cost a lot of money. Mostly it takes an investment in a small amount of time. But isn’t that worth it for people who have demonstrated that they are also invested in your success?

  1. Like their fan page on face book, follow their business on twitter, repin something from their Pinterest page
  2. Offer to do a testimonial (written or video) for their website
  3. Add a positive review of their product on line
  4. Introduce them to 5 of your friends or clients that could use their services
  5. Give them a free “tune up” session  (ex. free hour of coaching)
  6. Send a donation in their name to a charity they would like
  7. Do a free diagnostic of their website/marketing and suggest improvements
  8. Offer to write a guest blog post for their site
  9. Invite them as your guest to a relevant industry conference
  10. Share with them your best kept secret suppliers who do great work at low cost

I am sure there are many more. We’d love to hear from you on how you say thanks.

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Top 5 Freedom Brands

It’s Independence Day. Time to salute our founding fathers and mothers and take a moment to celebrate the birth of our great country…and of course consume way too many hot dogs and too much coleslaw and beer.

But while enjoying these important festivities, I think there is something else we should salute.

Brands!!!

Not just Brands in general, but Brands that give us freedom. Products and services that allow us to do more, roam freely and achieve a certain level of independence and control over our lives.

Here are  my top 5 “Freedom Brands”, I’d love to hear yours.

(Cue the fireworks please)…

#1 Blackberry

#2 TiVo

#3 Google

#4 Kindle

Let’s Make Money Like There is a Tomorrow

It’s Earth Day and I am speaking at Bentley Time Leadership Forum on the topic of  Accountable Leadership and the business of healing our world.

This is the first time I’ve spoken explicitly on the topic of Virgin and Accountability and it coincides nicely with the publication of Virgin Group’s Corporate Sustainability and Social Responsibility Report.

In case you are not in Waltham today, here are the highlights of my talk. I’m looking forward to some healthy debate on the topic.

Big Caveat… I am not a sustainability expert (and was not intimately involved in writing the Virgin report), so I am attacking this from more of a branding/marketing angle. If you are looking to discuss carbon footprint, greenhouse gasses and the benefits of local vs. global sourcing… you may want to move on.

If you are curious about what guides Virgin’s approach and could be applicable to other brands looking to build, beef up or benchmark their efforts in this area of “green,” please read on.