Tag Archives: Footwear Sourcing


“Brand Positioning… Open Water…”
October 29, 2015
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“Brand Positioning… Open Water…”

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Sports Marketing 0 comments

When building a Brand Strategy, you must define yourself through a “unique” proposition to your target demo. Fail to make a clear positioning, and you risk entering a world that is Shark infested, and you will quickly get eaten alive. In order to avoid such a death, make sure you build a solid foundational, first […]

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“Product Evolution or Extinction…”
October 26, 2015
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“Product Evolution or Extinction…”

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Sports Marketing 0 comments

Become a Leader or become Extinct, your choice. Evolve or DIE ! These are tough choices as you move along in the development of your brand. The willingness to take “risks” becomes more and more of a challenge, as it is to easy to continuing eating from the low hanging fruit. What brands do not […]

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September 23, 2015
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Creating a Masterpiece…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Sports Marketing 0 comments

When striving to build great products, you must always remember the “Beauty is in the Details”. Most brands look to compromise at some point when commercializing their products. This can be in form of areas not seen (internal), or items discarded (packaging). The most sophisitcated and longest lasting brands are ones who “find” a way […]

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December 12, 2014
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Disruptive Innovation…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Marketing , Merchandising , Product Innovation , Sports Marketing 0 comments

  In order to set a course where you are considered the market leader, and one by which all standards within a respective market are measured, you must at times be “Disruptive“. In its purest sense, a “Disruptive” innovator is one who sets off on their own course, not always knowing where it will lead, […]

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June 20, 2011
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Product Sourcing must match Vision…

by bryansmeltzer in Branding , Product Innovation 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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