How to Keep Your Brand Fresh: Tips With a Twist


We really get a lot of valuable business-building information and content listening to Christine Monaghan’s radio program, “Entrepreneur Conversations”. Her program features interviews with very generous and helpful experts about resources designed to spark, inspire and motivate your inner strength to help you cultivate a thriving business brand.

Here is Christine’s lively chat with BrandTwist Founder & CEO, Founder of Brand School, and former VP of Brand for Virgin Julie Cottineau on business and branding and how to keep your brand fresh and more profitable.

Listen to the interview below – and then for additional inspiration head on over to Christine’s blog, “Daily Life Mastery”, and catch more takeaways in Julie’s guest blog post: “Basics in Business: ABCs of Branding” HERE.

You can listen to  another conversation with Julie and Christine on business and brand-building HERE.

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A TWIST For The Perfect Fit


With the onslaught of cheap, disposable clothing in the U.S. and busy, demanding lifestyles fewer and fewer people are investing time or money in custom tailoring their wardrobes. Finding the perfect fit seems to be a thing of the past, making it especially difficult for tailors to stay afloat.  Until now…

Take UBER, TWIST it with a tailor, and you get zTAILORS.

ZTAILORS is the first and only online platform that connects tailors with potential customers.  Like UBER, a customer uses an app to call for a tailor to visit anywhere they prefer, at home, at the office, or even a Starbucks.

zTAILORS innovated to serve the needs of both the tailor and the customer. Tailors now have the ability to better serve their local community and the flexibility to choose their own hours. From hemming skirts to tapering jackets, customers now have the easy access to get the perfect fit from a professional tailor when and where it’s convenient for them.

It’s never been easier to have that favorite gown or suit – you know the one, it’s been sitting in the back of your closet waiting to be altered – ready in time to wear at your next special event.

Brand School gives you the tools to innovate and deliver more of what your customers are looking for. See what Brand School’s team of experts can do for you and see if you qualify for a free Brand Health Check Strategy Session HERE.

What twist can you use to make it easier to deliver more of what your customer needs?

“I’ve been able to take a look at the professionalism I offer and have been able to raise my prices to a level of which I didn’t have before.” - Ned Towle, Founderer Westchester Wine School


Top 5 Freedom Brands

Independence Day in the U.S.A. is a time to salute our founding fathers and mothers and take a moment to celebrate the birth of our great country…and of course consume way too many hot dogs and too much coleslaw and beer.

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But while enjoying these important festivities, I think there is something else we should salute.


Not just Brands in general, but Brands that give us freedom. Products and services that allow us to do more, roam freely and achieve a certain level of independence and control over our lives.

Here are  my top 5 “Freedom Brands”, I’d love to hear yours.

(Cue the fireworks please)…

#1)  iPhone

#2)  Netflix

#3)  Google

#4)  Kindle

#5)  Spanx

#1)  iPhone: Like many of my BrandTwist readers, I also have a love/hate relationship with my  iPhone. However, I have to give credit where credit is due. No other brand in my life has given me such a degree of flexibility and freedom. It has completely re-defined the notion of “office” as I can be in touch, sending emails, making calls, reading, creating and exchanging documents, files and photos anytime and anywhere. The downside of this of course, is the work emails I get on a Saturday afternoon (and am expected to answer). The upside is being able to get out of my office  and keep “working” as I enjoy my son’s soccer practice or take a walk in my neighborhood.

 #2)  Netflix: Ok I admit it, I like TV (some TV that is). And I also think that people in marketing and branding should keep up with certain shows, trends and stars (both high brow and low). But who has time to be in front of the set at exactly 9:00 pm? Netflix let’s me watch on my terms. I can finish my dinner, attend my evening Hebrew classes, put my kids to bed etc without rushing through everything afraid to miss the beginning of Modern Family. It also allows me the freedom to pace how I watch a series from binge-watching to one episode a month.

#3) Google: Honestly, what did we do before Google? Did we just know less or did we spend all of our time constantly running to the encyclopedias or libraries to look things up? Google gives me the freedom and peace of mind to know that I can find the answer to anything, anytime, anywhere.  Which also means I can finish the NY Times crossword quicker (with a few select searches on the clues I just can’t get) and have the freedom to get on with the rest of my day.

#4) Kindle: I love to read, it’s one of the few things that can help me wind down and relax.  And I have an almost irrational fear about being caught with some unexpected downtime and nothing to peruse. I used to bring a separate suitcase full of only books every time I went on vacation. I was always worried that I would go through all my selections too soon and find myself with a week left of prime relaxation time with nothing to help me escape. Now with my Kindle I am literally lighter (one suitcase and about 20 pounds of novels). I can bring 100 books with me if I want and I have the freedom to buy on demand. If a friend is telling me about a “must read” historical fiction book (my genre of preference) I am free to download it right away. I also love the added advantage of being free from prying eyes on the subway since no one can see the cover of my latest Phillipa Gregory bodice-ripper…I mean historical novel on the kings and queens of England.

#5) Spanx: this is the only brand on my fab 5 that it is not driven by technology. For some unfamiliar readers out there, Spanx is a sort of super miracle fabric under-garment that is worn to help tuck in the tummy and all the other bits that tend to roam as we get older. With the risk of sharing perhaps too much…Spanx gives me freedom from worry about those 5 extra pounds that tend to come and go. It helps me feel confident when I’m wearing my best work dress and allows me to concentrate on the lecture or presentation I am giving instead of obsessing about forgetting to my sit ups the night before.

Those are my top 5 freedom brands. Looking back on this list I realize that “freedom” for me has a lot to do with control over time, increased mobility, and access to information on my terms.

That’s my point of view. What’s your twist?

What brands help you feel independent?

Happy 4th of July!

“Brand School was helped us set structure to our process, define our target and recognize our customer’s motivations. We were able to create timely taglines and better define our branding campaigns.” - Randi Curhan, Development Coordinator for Redwood High School Foundation, Non-profit



A Creative Business and Travel Twist


We hear from work-from-home business owners and solopreneurs how they often  feel isolated and how challenging it is to remain inspired and innovative when they are alone in the same space day-in and day-out.  Something as simple as a little TWIST in the routine, like working from a local coffee shop or library can be a refreshing change – for the short term. A vacation provides some needed rest and relaxation but won’t hone your business skills. What if you had the opportunity to really break free of the isolated work-a-day routine while making new connections and keeping your business thinking cap on?

Take, twist it with, and you get Jobbatical, “It’s a word made up of “job” and “sabbatical”. It means a professional career break where people use their skills and knowhow to work on an exciting project in a new team in a new environment – without dipping into your life savings.”

Jobbatical took a look at the growing temporary and part-time employment trend and created a service to bring together employer and employee in a way where each can add value to the other’s business skills and enhance one another’s creative thinking – all while providing a rejuvenating travel experience.

Where would you love to go to get paid AND see the world?

Keeping the creative ideas flowing is essential to keeping your business and brand fresh and alive in your customer’s mind. At Brand School you will connect with an exclusive community of like-minded entrepreneurs and business owners. Our team of experts share their skills and give you the tools you need to innovate and grow your business. Now enrolling HERE.

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“Working with Brand School is an invaluable experience and a really great use of resources because it opens up so many doors and affects so many areas of  your business.” - Sarah Hinawi, Executive Director, The Purple Crayon Center for Learning and Innovation

A Travel Tuck-in Twist for Kids


It’s never easy traveling with kids and as more people are living mobile lives, traveling with kids for business or for pleasure is becoming more common. Soothing a travel-weary child in a strange environment at the end of a busy day can be a real challenge. Hotels offer specialized turndown services for adults – why not do the same for children?  Many hotels now are.

What if you took a hotel and TWISTED it with a soothing brand like Mother Goose? You’d have a smiling, sleepy child – and content parents.

Hilton Waikoloa Village is TWISTING bedtime with local culture by offering flashcards with stories of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and creator of the Hawaiian Islands. Others provide in-person experiences like RiverPlace‘s special delivery from the “Bedtime Butler” who shows up with hot chocolate and stuffed animals. Still others go way out like Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida where actors complete with a real macaw, cookies and milk, and a pretend treasure chest visit the room to tell stories of the island’s buccaneer history.

Hotels are catering to the whole family, providing special amenities to make children’s stay more enjoyable and parent’s time stress-free.

Innovative touch points can have a lasting impact and make a difference in your customer’s experience of your business. What are your brand’s opportunities to surprise and delight?

Brand School’s Faculty give you the tools you need to effectively reach your customer and create strong connections. See more of what Brand School can do for your business HERE.

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“I learned an immense amount from Brand School. It was wonderful to receive lessons from an experienced teacher that directly applied to my business.” - Liz Osting, Founder Herculiz Design

New Twist on Food Delivery


Food delivery is not a new concept. Internet based delivery services such as Grubhub and Seamless have even taken food delivery a step further by offering delivery from restaurants that may not offer delivery services. However, up and coming business has TWISTED together the concepts behind Domino’s and rewards programs such Mileage Plus to create their “frequent foodie” points system.

Dashed not only guarantees delivery in 45 minutes or less in various cities in the northeastern United States, every order you make earns points towards rewards such as cash, free merchandise, or FoodlerBucks to put towards your next meal. From free deserts to discounts on orders, Dashed’s rewards program will make good food easily accessible and more affordable.

Running from 8am to 11pm, Dashed will deliver meals to your doorstep using drivers that have taken a mandated four-hour training program to ensure a high quality of service. By simply entering in your location, the accessible web interface makes it easy to find different types of restaurants offering food from various different backgrounds.

Thanks to Dashed, hungry customers can enjoy a speedy delivery from a wide variety of restaurants while earning points towards future purchases, a concept that will TWIST how you think about food delivery.

Brand School gives you the tools to innovate and deliver more of what your customers are looking for. See what Brand School’s team of experts can do for you and see if you qualify for a free Brand Health Check Strategy Session HERE.

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“Working with Brand School … opens up so many doors and affects so many areas of  your business – an invaluable experience.” - Sarah Hinawi, Executive Director, Purpl  Center for Learning and Innovation

Celebrate the Modern Dad with a TWIST


The modern dad is different than the stereotypical dad of times past. The new age father ditches the stern authority figure and involves himself in his family. From cooking meals and taking care of the children, to staying up-to-date with the latest trends and furthering his own independence, the modern dad changes the entire playing field. Here are some great Father’s Day gift ideas to show dad your appreciation with a modern TWIST.

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Dads nowadays want to involve themselves more in child raising. Ergobaby promotes different types of baby carriers that are easily adjustable to dads that often have taller and wider frames. Thanks to this brand, the new dad can bond and get a closer relationship with his newborn!



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The family oriented dad will love family outings that bring the members closer than before. With activities offered from this organization, such as kayak tours on the White Oak River, Jones Island, and Bear Island, you will be guaranteed to treat dad to a fun event that brings the family closer together.



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From goofy knick knacks – like action figures from dad’s favorite show – to electronic gadgets such as the 3-D printing pen, the hip and tech-savvy dad will definitely enjoy anything this online shop has to offer.



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These top notch kitchen supplies, for instance the nonstick burger press, will be sure to appeal to the inner chef of every modern dad and will have him in the kitchen experimenting with ways to make the best Sunday dinner ever.




Surprise dad with a new office! Hot desks offered by co-working spaces like this one in Westchester will help dad become more independent with his work and allow the modern father to work closer to home so he can be sure to make it to his kid’s afternoon soccer games.




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 About guest blogger Collin Wisniewski:

bt collinCollin Wisniewski is a BrandTwist intern and is currently a senior graduating from Dobbs Ferry High School. He plans on attending SUNY Fredonia this coming fall to study business in the music industry. For future job opportunities, Collin can be reached 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 our free Brand Health Check Strategy Session HERE.


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

A Twist That Can Save the Planet


Plastic bottle caps are washing up on ocean shores and posing environmental health and safety concerns. They are actually number 5 in a top 10 list of commonly found pieces of trash on the shores. The problem is clear, but so far no one has come up with a solution to keep these caps out of our oceans and landfills. That’s until now. Clever Caps has taken a conventional water bottle cap and TWISTED it with a Lego block – they’ve created an innovative solution for a world increasingly concerned about environmental pollution and trash build up.

With Clever Caps, users can create everything from furniture, to light fixtures, to art pieces, to children’s toys – and they interlock with similar crafting blocks already on the market.

We were so impressed by this TWIST that we donated to a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo. You can too.

Just by adding one simple out-of-category twist, Clever Caps created an all-around friendlier bottle cap that’s fun and more environmentally friendly.

Brand School Master Class gives you the tools you need to create the TWIST that will take your business further. Enrolling now HERE.

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“Brand School’s guidance and support has helped grow my business to new depths of expansion, creativity and financial worth… and keep it growing and transforming to passionately share what I love with others.” - Deborah Coulter,

A Twist on What to Wear


Busy, trend-conscious women often have no time to go out and browse the shops to keep their wardrobes current and in style. Clothing exchange site Le Tote makes it possible to get fashion delivered to your door – and you can wear, enjoy, and exchange the clothing for something new. Le Tote took the Netflix concept of a monthly subscription for DVD’s (use, return and exchange) and twisted it with fashion and accessories to give women a curated, budget-friendly, easier experience.

For less than the cost of one outfit, you can have several outfits per month sent directly to your door to try out. There are no shipping fees and no set return dates, so the outfits can be kept indefinitely or you can try out several different outfits per month.

There’s a brief  ”style profile” to fill out and based on that, your concierge fashion advisor sends you a Tote coordinated with two jewelry accessories and three garments (dresses, skirts, tanks and blouses) to try on. You can keep them as long as you like and when you return them another Tote will be sent in its place.

Le Tote has developed a unique niche within current consumer trends: subscription e-commerce, personalized curated shopper experience, and a community identity.

Brand School gives you the tools innovate new TWISTS to deliver more of what your customer is looking for. Find out if your business qualifies for a Free Brand Health Check HERE.


2-in-1 Mother’s Day TWISTS for the Busy Mom


Mothers seem to never stop… they’re always on the go juggling family schedules, running errands and managing demanding workloads. A great way to let mom know you are grateful for all she does is to give a gift with a TWIST that she can enjoy in more ways than one. Here’s our pick of 5 gifts with a 2-in-1 TWIST:




The Twisted Wine Decanter – This decanter literally TWISTS. This unique artistic twist looks lovely on your table and provides better aeration for wine. It does double-duty as a vase (Go the extra mile: add wine and flowers).





Succlent Wall Garden - A beautiful living garden that will last and last and requires very little care. It does double-duty as wall art (Go the extra mile: add a cute spritzer for watering, a picture hanging hook, and offer to install it for her).





Key Ring -  Every mom has those days:  rushing out the door, behind schedule and – no keys! Here’s a key ring that does more than just look good. It does double-duty as: a bluetooth tracking device – so mom will never have to scour the house looking for lost keys again (Go the extra mile: show her how it works and then go out for a leisurely drive to your favorite fro-yo place).




Knife & Server. This knife is handmade so no two are alike. In addition to its beauty it was designed with versatility in mind and can be used to cut pizza, chop herbs, serve cheese and more. It does double-duty as a beautiful and unique sculpture (Go the extra mile: give with a favorite cheese and a bamboo serving board).


Support mom in growing her business. Is your mother an aspiring entrepreneur, small business owner or artist? Go the extra mile: help make her dreams come true! Brand School is our highly effective, premier branding program that will give her the tools and insight she needs to grow a stronger personal or business brand. Receive more information about the next session and see if she qualifies for a free Brand Health Check HERE.


A Delightfully Cheesy Twist


A sure way to your customers’ hearts is to make it easy for them to enjoy you anywhere and any time. This creative TWIST was produced by German ad agency Kolle Rebbe for The Deli Garage, a food label that supports small manufacturers of delicacies, as a limited first edition of 500. It was sold out 2 weeks after its launch!

Take a Pencil & Sharpener, twist it with parmesan cheese and you have Parmesan Pencils, a unique product that permits cheese-lovers to have freshly-grated cheese close at hand. The Parmesan Pencil “Sharper” flakes the cheese, and you can keep your “pencils” right in a briefcase or purse. Isn’t everything better with cheese?


Helping your customers getting easier access to your brand will turn casual buyers into loyal ambassadors. What TWIST can you add to make your product or service always top of mind?

Brand School gives you the tools to develop innovative touch points with a TWIST. Find out if your business qualifies for a Free Brand Health Check HERE.


“If anyone needs to understand the PROPER professional way that WILL make a difference for branding your business, Brand School is your go to source.” – Mike Sass, Entrepreneur

A Twist That Keeps Up With Kids


Kids grow and they out grow their shoes. Efforts to keep children equipped with proper-fitting shoes is especially challenging in impoverished nations where hundreds of millions of children go shoeless and even more wear shoes that don’t fit.  Without shoes, they may suffer injuries and contract infections and parasites. This new TWIST is a new solution to an old, but potentially life and death problem.

Kids outgrowing their products and clothes is not a new thing.  Other categories have met this challenge with cribs that transform into toddler and then big kid beds, baby strollers that re-configure to fit toddlers, and even pants that have a few sizes built in with cuffs that roll down. How then to make a shoe that lasts and grows with a child?

The Shoe That Lasts does just that. It literally grows as a child grows and lasts up to five years. It was created by International Founder and Executive Director Kenton Lee when he was living in Nairobi. He spotted a little girl wearing shoes that were way to small for her feet. As he began to wonder why, he arrived at this question,  “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand – so that kids always had a pair of shoes that fit?”

And so, The Shoe That Grows project began. This is the first project of Because International, a 501©3 organization committed to practical compassion to help those living in extreme poverty.

Kenton Lee saw a gap and filled a need. There’s always room to grow. Don’t be afraid to ask “What if?”

At Brand School we help give you the tools you need to ask the right questions and innovate solutions to grow your business.  See if Brand School could help grow your business with a free Brand Health Check.

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“BrandTwist was instrumental in our rebranding strategy! Couldn’t be happier with her fresh ideas!” – Linda Rey, Rey Insurance


Transforming Dolls With a Twist


Transforming discarded hyper-sexualized dolls into something more down-to-earth started as a hobby and has become a viral sensation. After being laid off from her job, Sonia Singh began working with dolls – something she loved as a child- as a way to pass the time. The twist? She took discarded dolls and made them over – by underplaying their features for a more natural, down-to-earth style that children can really relate to.  This is an added twist to the “real beauty” trend that has been popularized by Dove.

After only a couple of weeks, the video introducing Sonia’s Tree Change Dolls has over 11 million views.

This hobby has transformed the dolls and the lives of little girls and their families as the Tree Change Dolls – offer an alternative perspective and show children that being natural can be beautiful too.

How do you know when it’s time to take a “hobby” and develop it into something more? Catch pointers in our post, “3 Alarm Bells: It’s Time To Make Your Hobby Your Business.”

What’s your passion? Maybe there’s an audience waiting to connect with it too.

Brand School is the premier program specifically designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them build their brands.  See how Brand School and our team of Advisors can help you realize your business’ potential HERE.

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“I was very impressed by the content and presentation of the Brand School course… it was clear, colorful, full of examples and learning helps… insights and fascinating takes on branding. The feedback was supportive, illuminating and helpful.” - Ned Towle, Director Westchester Wine School

A Sticky Twist Keeps Things Close at Hand


Any crafts person, artist, home cook or busy mom knows that having favorite tools close at hand is a time and frustration-saver. You want that favorite spatula right by the stove but don’t want to take up valuable counter space with a bulky canister overflowing with tools you usually don’t use. QuickStick identified a real gap in the home décor market to help their customer “Unlock your potential space”.

They took the concept of a Post-it® and TWISTED it for a re-stickable tool holder that sticks on just about any surface. No screws or glue required.  Baby Boomers are scaling down, career changers are constantly re-locating, and young adults and college students deal with cramped quarters and building restrictions.

With all the new gadgets and gizmos out there it may feel like there is no more room for innovation, but think about what’s constricting or frustrating your customer and how your product or service can help them break free.

Fresh ideas come from looking at old problems from twisted perspectives.

Brand School gives you the tools you need to unlock your business’ potential through new concepts and communications that delight and inspire your target.

See how Brand School can help you innovate to get your business noticed HERE.

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“Working with Brand School … opens up so many doors and affects so many areas of  your business – an invaluable experience.” - Sarah Hinawi, Executive Director, The Purple Crayon Center for Learning and Innovation

A Better Bottle With a Twist


Toting water on the go is a standard part of today’s healthy lifestyle. But we often have to compromise on taste when choosing an easy-to-carry solution. Reusable stainless steel bottles can leave a metallic taste and often get dented. Refillable plastic sports bottles – even BPA-free bottles - aren’t the right choice for everyone – they often retain odor and flavors, even after washings.

Real glasses and mason jars are often the preference of taste purists, however we can’t use these on the go because glass is too easily shattered and dangerous.

But… what if you took a mason jar and TWISTED it with a plastic sports bottle? You have GLASStic. A sports bottle that essentially is a glass bottle inserted within a BPA-free plastic bottle. If the glass should break, it stays contained within the plastic bottle – which means it’s safe to use in public places. You can replace the glass insert for just the cost of shipping - and it has a lockable lid for extra safety.

There’s always room for innovation even in a crowded market. Take a good look at your competition and see what’s missing. Are there still compromises that no one has solved?

In Brand School we show you to tap into market gaps and apply creative TWISTS to deliver fresh solutions. To find out what Brand School can do for you and receive a free Brand Health Check, click here.

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“I got so much out of Brand School. My business has grown leaps and bounds, and I feel like I have much more solid branding and language around what I do. :) So thank you!!” - Nathalie Lussier,

Mani-Pedi’s with a Starbucks Twist


Taking inspiration from successful businesses and twisting it with your brand to create innovative ways of reaching your ideal customer is the core of the BrandTwist philosophy. That, in particular, is what inspires the Brands That Twist Blog Series. That’s also what delighted us when we came across this Mani-Pedi TWIST:

Who would ever imagine how Starbucks Coffee could inspire a mani-pedi business? The folks behind MiniLuxe.

Taking inspiration from a completely out-of-category business, they intentionally set out to do what Starbucks did for the coffee industry. They wanted to develop a business that addresses customer’s needs, has a loyal following and is located right in their own communities. So, they incorporated the Starbucks formula: savvy design, cutting edge systems, a solid company culture, great employee care, excellent customer care, and not being afraid to have an abundant presence.

They decided on the mani-pedi business after noticing how many there are and how popular they are (not unlike Starbucks and coffee houses). Just because there are a lot of others like you out there, doesn’t mean the uniqueness of what you offer can’t shine through.

It’s all about the customer and delivering a great customer experience; as their tagline relays:  More than beauty care, Self Care; Be You. They’re all about helping you be the “you” you want to be.

At Brand School we do fun and innovative exercise where we imagine what our business would be like if we twisted it with something completely different and out-of-category. The results produce startling innovative solutions. See how Brand School can help you innovate to get your business noticed HERE.

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“I highly recommend this program to anybody, to both those who have been in business for a long time, and those just starting out because it will put your business on a different level.” - Dr. Marina Kostina, Distance Learning Specialist, CEO of wired@heart

A Travel Twist for Pets


Every pet owner who travels – and can’t bring their pet along – knows how inconvenient it can be to deal with the scheduling around boarding their pets. Most conventional pet boarders aren’t open 24/7 for drop off and pick up, which means extra boarding days for your pet, extra time off work and extra expense for you. But, what if you took a pet boarding & grooming facility put it right at the airport, kept it accessible 24/7 and offered terminal shuttle service and discount airport parking?

You’d have THE solution to every traveling pet owner’s need… and you’d have the hottest growing trend in pet boarding being offered by businesses like Now Boarding and Pet Paradise  – Airport Pet Hotels.

They conveniently place hotels for people at airports, why not for people’s pets?

“We’re running a hotel, but instead of people, we check in dogs, cats, the occasional pot-bellied pig and, once, some llamas.” says Pet Paradise Founder Fred Goldsmith.

How can you make your service or access to your business more convenient? Take a look at where you are not – and consider why you should be there.

Brand School takes a look at best practices of successful businesses and shows you how to twist and apply them to grow your brand. Learn more about what our Brand School Faculty can do for you HERE.

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“Julie gave great examples in Brand School that inspired me to think outside the box. I especially appreciate her attention to everyone’s brands and her insightful comments. Thank you!” - Jamie Lacroix, Marketing Department for a Non-profit

A One-Click Twist Delivers Beer And Surprises


Home delivery is nothing new. But Bud Light is adding a new TWIST by delivering a surprise experience to your door within minutes.  With one click of the Bud Light Button App, Anheuser-Busch will be delivering your beer plus random surprises – anything from branded gear to a DJ ready to rock your gathering.

With this twist Anheuser-Busch stays right on-brand to connect with Bud Light’s social, party-going and techno-savvy market, which is also reflected in their marketing hashtag #UpForWhatever

Look for new ways to surprise and delight your customers. A little SWAG is always appreciated – but think outside the box to offer something unexpected. Consider also using a hashtag to reaffirm your brand promise throughout your social media channels.

Knowing what really moves and inspires your ideal customer is essential to getting your brand into their life. Brand School Master Class gives you the tools you need to zero-in on your ideal customer and create the TWIST that will take your business further. Enrolling now HERE.

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“Brand School was helped us set structure to our process, define our target and recognize our customer’s motivations. We were able to create timely taglines and better define our branding campaigns.” - Randi Curhan, Development Coordinator for Redwood High School Foundation, Non-profit

Being an Entrepreneur Can Be Lonely – But It Doesn’t Have to Be

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Solopreneurs, entrepreneurs and small business owners end up spending a lot of time alone, immersed in running their business, working from home or by themselves in an office – and it can be lonely and draining. A highly effective way to break out of the solitary rut is to spend some time at the latest trend in workspace innovation – shared workspaces.

I urge you to check out venues like the Stamford Innovation Center. You’ll be able to interact, exchange ideas with others, and soak up inspiration in beautiful environments that will support you and keep you and your business in the brand-building zone.

Many of these workspace venues offer educational workshops that allow you to interact with like-minded business owners determined to take their brands to the next level. At each workshop participants share their enthusiasm, creative ideas and positive feedback.

To learn more about the effectiveness of in-person workshops, please check out this article, Twist Up Your Space – Wake Up Your Brand.

And, if you’re in the Greater New York City area, please JOIN US at one of our workshops. These interactive workshops will get you ready to launch into high gear with practical advice and tools you can start using that very day. We’ll show you how to:

▪   Create an achievable plan to grow your brand

▪   Reach your most valuable customers

▪   Generate fresh ideas – with a twist!

▪   Connect with like-minded entrepreneurs for powerful results

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