Tag Archives: Design


February 7, 2020
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by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Business Development , CRM , Digital Marketing , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation 0 comments

Now with ’19 behind us, and ’20 here, what next…? There are many strategic opportunities for those brands willing to put forth the effort to migrate their Legacy systems, products, processes and procedures, and adopt and/or implement new ways to maximize ROI in our New Age. Those brands who are proactive vs reactive will also […]

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January 20, 2020
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Leadership…

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

Leadership is a talent many say they have, but few actually possess. There is so much that goes into a great Leader, and personality is a leading indicator of your ability to lead your Brand or Team, both are intertwined and essential to the success. I have seen many Brands where the Leadership has neither […]

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January 8, 2020
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First Mover vs Creator…

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

Being a “First Mover” is different than be a “Category Creator”, and the distinct difference is one disrupts, while the other creates something no one knew they needed. Both are innovative and are a key metric to becoming a “Visionary” brand, but to many companies have the delusion of feeling they have either disrupted, and […]

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September 13, 2019
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Disruptive Innovation…

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

Disruptive, Innovation Stages… Most brands would like to say they are a “Innovation” or “Disruptive” focused, but a reality check in sometimes needed. True, authentic disruption is difficult and very few are doing it well, but when executed properly can change the world… Take a look and see where you are…    

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August 22, 2019
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Strategic Merchandising…

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

Merchandise your product as a complete brand, reflective of the “Lifestyle”, “Look” and “Feel” your “core” consumer would like to aspire to when they exit the retailers door. Many times brands do not fully embrace the significance of ensuring that all “pieces” of the merchandising puzzle are pulled together at retail. There are significant advantages […]

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August 7, 2019
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Evolve or Evaporate…

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

Any brand must “evolve” as it grows, or become stagnant, and lose all momentum built up since its inception. This sometimes requires making a bold move to obsolete a product, even when sales would tell you to hold on longer. When moving a product out of the life cycle while still popular, creates an inherent […]

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Product Creation..
July 17, 2019
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Product Creation..

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

“Authentic” Product Creation is a process where a brand has developed such an efficient and effective system, they are able to commercialize concepts that drive or re-create product categories. This system is key to gaining their competitive advantage long term, and leaves your competition to “imitating” and not truly “innovating” in their space. By “imitating” […]

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Think Local…Act Global…
June 24, 2019
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Think Local…Act Global…

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

The ultimate compliment for a brand is when it translates globally. However, when you act global as a brand from a positioning, imagery and lifestyle perspective, you will need to be aware of the intricacies within differing regions of the world. The brand can and should be positioned with a single unified message, but when […]

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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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Vision must match Sourcing…
May 20, 2019
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Vision must match Sourcing…

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

When selecting a primary source to produce your product overseas, you must ensure that the “core” compentancies/capabilities of  the factory match the “vision” of the Design team and brand as a whole. This many times is where brands fall short, and compromise happens, whether in construction, materials or both. In falling short, you risk alienating […]

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