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Create the Wave…and Ride it !
June 20, 2019
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Create the Wave…and Ride it !

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

As I have previously discussed, brands can either “ride out” their success, or they can create a “new wave”. Most prefer to ride their wave out, or catch someone else’s. It is the fearless brand that takes chances, and some may hit the rocks occasionly, but when they “catch” a wave it is usually a […]

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Product Pipeline…
June 19, 2019
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Product Pipeline…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

A “Product Innovation Pipeline” is built from foundational brand positioning principles, and driven by a defined process execution. As I have mentioned previously, it is much easier to “imitate” than it is to “innovate” in your market space. However, if you have a defined process for ensuring “Innovation” is always part of your overall brand […]

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June 4, 2019
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Blending Function & Design…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

As simple as it sounds, building functionality into a beautiful design is not always easy. At times you will need to sacrifice design aesthetics to achieve the need in functionality. The ultimate goal of any product team is to achieve the “hybrid” formula of “simple” sophistication with a “functional” design. Great brands have established a […]

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May 28, 2019
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Disruptive or Disrupting…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

Brands that classify themselves as “Disruptive” have a clearly defined a market opportunity, drive towards bringing this “vision” to reality and understand the risk that comes with this “Creation” process. Brands that “think” they are “Disruptive”, are just “Disrupting” while they figure out what they are trying to accomplish, take “incremental” steps towards design/product progression […]

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Brand Bloodlines…
May 10, 2019
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Brand Bloodlines…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

Brand Bloodlines should always run “deep” in all that is generated by the machine. With product, marketing  and merchandising being the veins all should be “True” , “Authentic” and “Bled” from the brand’s founding principles of what you stand for… This will always be expected by your customer, and should always be engrained in your […]

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April 22, 2019
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Impactful Life…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

Great post from Seth on “Being Remarkable”, everyones measure of this is different, but he gives a straightforward outline of what it takes to have an IMPACT. I mention IMPACT, as this measure is everlasting and sincere, one that comes naturally for those looking to make Impact on others. You may feel Impactful, but if […]

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Brand Influencers…
April 8, 2019
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Brand Influencers…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

Brands that engage with Social Media Influencers must understand the relationship, and expectations. You must take the good with the bad, relative to how you are engaging, and how proactive you are with defining your overall intent and strategy to build brand awareness, and drive “authentic” traffic to your site. Having worked with global brands […]

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Master Product Life Cycle Planning…
March 11, 2019
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Master Product Life Cycle Planning…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing , Uncategorized 0 comments

A key formula to assuring you are able to realize your goal of being an “Innovation” driven brand, is to assure the innovation hits the market at the right time, in the right markets with the right consumer. This is all achieved by ensuring you have a cohesive Product Life Cycle Planning system in place. […]

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Out-Innovate yourself First…
January 7, 2019
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Out-Innovate yourself First…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media , Sports Marketing 0 comments

The ability to out-innovate yourself is a managed skillset carefully crafted into the mindset of truly “product driven” companies. This is neither a want or need, but a “must have” if you are to be an “authentic” leader within your product category.   Many companies find this mindset difficult, if not impossible to follow through […]

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Make a Difference…
October 22, 2018
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Make a Difference…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Social Media 0 comments

Many people say when the timing is right I will serve. However, if you wait for the right time you may never serve for a greater purpose. Recently I had the privilege and honor of learning I will serve on the Board of Directors for the “Make A Wish” foundation (www.wish.org).  This is an organization […]

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