Twist Your Brand – Grow Your Business. Branding with Julie Cottineau


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BrandTwist and Founder & CEO, former VP of Brand for Richard Branson’s Virgin, author of “TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands” and Westchester, NY resident is a guest on the The Business Council of Westchester‘s “Westchester Means Business”, radio program on WVOX. The Council’s Executive Vice President & COO, John Ravitz, conducted the interview. This session is full of takeaways on the fundamentals of branding for the small business owner and non-profit, how entrepreneurs can TWIST with larger brands to boost their own marketing, innovation and branding, and how working at Virgin inspired Julie’s own entrepreneurial journey.


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Finding the right TWIST can help your brand innovate and deliver. In TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands, Brand School founder Julie Cottineau provides a clear road map to build a stronger more distinctive brand – complete with examples from real life small business owners who have successfully completed our Brand School program. Pick up your copy today.

TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands

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TWIST: How Fresh Perspectives Build Breakthrough Brands by Julie Cottineau, available at The



This year my birthday was a big milestone – and it was made even bigger with the launch of my first book! I’ve FINALLY realized my childhood dream of writing a book! I felt blessed to receive so many birthday well wishes and support from friends, family, Brand School students and faculty, all of whom helped me get this far. It’s my story but it’s your story too. Thanks to so many of you who gave your consent to be featured. I am inspired by your passion, the community you have created with each other, and I feel grateful to have been able to play a part in – and TWIST with – your transformational brand journeys.



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“Brand School allowed me to get to the essence of my brand. I was able to hone and tighten up my brand. Thank you, it’s a great program.” – Jonathan Flaks, President, Jonathan Flaks Coaching Associates

Getting Back to Basics for Your Business: The ABCs of Branding


Today’s business environment, fueled by continued innovation and advances in technology – is constantly changing and evolving. But the more things change, the more the basics of branding stay the same. Whether you are just starting out on your branding journey, or have a well-established business, everyone can use a refresher to get ahead in today’s competitive markets.

At Brand School we are big believers in starting with and sticking to the basics, and once you have them down, revisiting them from time to time to keep your branding goals fresh. By following the ABCs of Branding you can build a stronger, more profitable business:


The biggest mistake that businesses make is they try to reach every body and they end up connecting with nobody. It may sound counter-intuitive, but the narrower your target – the wider your success. Zero-in on a specific type of person and delve deep to know what makes them tick, what keeps them up at night, what’s missing that your product or service can help address?


“I’m not a businessman / I’m a business, man!” – Jay-Z

Jay-Z got it right. That’s what personal branding is all about. It’s not only your commercial brand that delivers a message to the marketplace; YOU do, too!   A personal brand is how you tell your story, what makes you unique and it supports your business brand. The more memorable your personal brand is, the more memorable your business may become, too. For example: Richard Branson’s personal brand of having fun and challenging the status quo supports the Virgin promise to shake things up.


Great brands don’t just help to get things done – they help people feel differently about themselves. Your Brand Promise needs to be more than about functional benefits. You need to really connect emotionally. Starbucks isn’t selling coffee; it’s promising community. Nike is not about running; it’s about achievement. Apple isn’t selling technology; it’s letting our imaginations take flight. Small businesses and entrepreneurs in particular need strong brand promises. Don’t waste your precious dollars with “me-too” marketing. Connect deeper and create loyal fans that will become Brand Ambassadors and help you promote your brand.

In Brand School we give you easy, actionable tools that you can use from day one to boost your brand’s reach. You’ll have access to our team of experts and enjoy the ongoing support and inspiration from an exclusive community of like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs to help you stay on track and bring fresh ideas to market.  Learn more about Brand School and see if your business qualifies for our one-on-one Brand Health Check Strategy Session at





Business Cards with a TWIST


You work hard to get your business launched – now, you want it to be remembered, long after that networking event, handshake, or chance meeting at the airport…so you hand over your business card. Even in todays high tech environment the business card is still the gold standard touch point. But how can you add a TWIST to your card so it stands out in a pile?

When we designed the BrandTwist logo and business cards we wanted to stand out and reinforce the idea of the TWIST – our approach of looking at common business challenges with fresh perspectives to ensure breakthrough results. So we chose bright pink and purple colors that really stand out as well as the TWISTED “T” in the logo. We also included a graphic layout that includes TWISTING vectors with the little “notch” that bring the TWIST to life. But the real reinforcement is that the receiver of the card literally has to TWIST it to read all of the information because the layout changes from vertical to horizontal when they go from front to back.

With a little creative thinking a business card can provide a unique, entertaining or even whimsical interactive TWIST to your brand experience that will keep you at the top of the card pile in your customer’s eye.

What creative TWISTS have you seen or used in your favorite business cards?

At BrandSchool we give you the tools you need to make your touch points work harder for your business and brand. Learn more about our next session and a one-on-one Brand Health Check Strategy Session HERE.





“Brand School showed me what fun it is to actually work on my business.” – Jean Carucci, Carucci Consultants