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A skate shop, perhaps the most successful skate shop in the history of the world, owned by a man who doesn’t skate and doesn’t care much for the sport. A brand that doesn’t classify anything as limited, but only releases short runs and never re-releases product. A fashion icon that swears it’s not a fashion brand. Supreme is an intriguing, tangled web of contradictions. Maybe that’s why the brand was able to rise to such cultural significance: in…

Let’s start with the obvious: human behavior is more than a little mystifying. It would be great if we all made completely rational decisions; unfortunately, that’s not the case. There’s a reason why there are entire fields of study dedicated to understanding the choices that people make — humans are complicated creatures. Whether you call it consumer psychology or behavioral economics, there’s no denying that predicting human behavior is difficult. Even more challenging is making…

From witches and black cats to costumes and candy, Halloween is here, and it’s the spookiest time of the year. When the clock strikes tonight’s witching hour and All Hallow’s Eve lays to rest, November will come creeping out from under the bed. Soon, a madness will take hold of shoppers everywhere as they begin their hunt for the best Cyber Monday deals.  Last year, the Monday after Thanksgiving raked in $7.9 billion in online…

John F. Kennedy famously said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” To the digital marketer, change is not only the law of life but the law of success. It isn’t without a keen eye on the future, and the thoughtful application of forward-thinking strategies that a marketer can address the rapidly-changing needs of the digitally connected customer and stay…

In the book “Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World,” David Epstein writes about how in the most complex and unpredictable fields (marketing, anyone?), generalists are more prone to thrive than specialists. His extensive research shows that exploring topics outside of someone’s main area of focus can create a more well-rounded skill set and be vital for career development and growth. Soccer great, Abby Wambach, agrees. In a podcast interview, she spoke openly on how playing…

Setting up an e-commerce store? Simple. Running a thriving business through said e-commerce store? That’s where it gets trickier. As any good business owner will tell you, the key to making informed decisions is through data. Cue the e-commerce metrics dashboard, a valuable tool for visualizing and interpreting data in real-time. There’s no one-stop formula for what works. One company’s dashboard will look very different than that of another’s, depending on a variety of factors,…

Convincing people to buy stuff from you is hard, but fierce competition in the e-commerce industry and the quickly shifting foundations for promotion and direct selling only make success more difficult. Product promotion and business growth best practices change continuously as internet browsing habits shift, advertising channels mature, and new platforms emerge. While all of this could be overwhelming, keep in mind these five tried-and-true e-commerce advertising methods and give yourself a great head start.…

When The Terminator debuted in 1984, it presented the world with a very tactile and very simple vision for the coming battle between humanity and the machines. For those not well-versed in ‘80s sci-fi thrillers, the film series focuses on military AI that gains self-awareness and sets out to exterminate humanity using all sorts of robots, cyborgs, and automated drones. Here in 2019, 22 years after Skynet gained self-awareness in the fictional universe, humanity seems…

When you think of popular brands, the first ones that come to mind are probably “Coke,” “Apple,” and “Nike.” While their branding is world-renowned, these companies didn’t get to where they are today without heavy promotion and brand awareness efforts. In order to maintain a competitive edge in a saturated market, it’s important to build a strong brand marketing strategy. Brand vs. Brand Marketing Let’s begin by distinguishing “brand” from “brand marketing.” While they may…

What do Burning Man, Outdoor Voices, and Culture Amp have in common besides their exponential growth and popularity? If you don’t think much of anything, I can see why. People who gather in the middle of the desert, athletic apparel made for #doingthings, and a platform that enables businesses to manage their people data appear to have little to nothing in common. Yet, they all grew their brand exponentially with one common customer-centric growth strategy:…