A Twist on a Traditional Car Rental

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You finally arrive at your destination airport. You’ve been up since 4:00 am to make the 8-hour flight. Tired, stressed and disoriented, you’re not looking forward to waiting for the shuttle to take you to the car rental lot, standing in line to complete paperwork, haggling over which car model and price, and then lugging your suitcase to the far end of the car lot to hunt for your car.

The good news: the folks at SILVERCAR hear you, loud and clear.

With the tagline, “Car Rental the Way it Should be. No Hassle. No Lines. No paperwork.” SILVERCAR is just the ticket for the harried traveler.

To help travelers have a more stress-free, seamless way to reach their rental car, SILVERCAR took the latest mobile and tech trends (Think UBER app) – and TWISTED it with a luxury car experience (Audi) to come up with a solution that streamlines the car rental experience:

You download the SILVERCAR app on your mobile device and contact SILVERCAR when you arrive at the airport. A “concierge” picks you up and delivers you to the SILVERCAR lot – populated by only silver Audi A4′s – which means you know what car you’re going to get every time. Use your mobile device to unlock your car and away you go – with free onboard wi-fi, GPS, satellite radio, and no transponder fees at tolls, to boot. Now available at 10 major cities and airports across the U.S.

Take a look at the latest tech and experience trends outside of your category and think how you could apply them to help your customer have a more positive and seamless experience.  What uncertainty and hassles can you eliminate that would deliver something better?

Brand School gives you the tools to deliver fresh TWISTS and 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.

Brand School gives you the tools to deliver fresh TWISTS and 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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“Brand School allowed me to get to the essence of my brand. I was able to hone and tighten up my brand. Thank you, it’s a great program.” - Jonathan Flaks, President, Jonathan Flaks Coaching Associates

A Fashionable TWIST on Granny Glasses

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I am always on the look out for that really great fashion statement piece, so I was quick to notice my BFF wearing a beautiful pendant necklace. That’s when she really impressed me by flipping her necklace open to reveal that it multi-tasked as a pair of chic reading glasses. This struck me as a brilliant TWIST. For the woman who is embarrassed to pull a pair of readers out of her designer handbag just to read a the menu in a hip restaurant –  Blinks are a great solution. Their tagline is “We make needing reading glasses a fashion statement.” No granny glasses here!

Blinks co-founders, sisters Stephannie Keller and Heidi Valenti, really understand a key pain point of their target customer, the fashion conscious middle-aged woman. They fittingly named their company Girl Powered Inc. Blinks really scores a home run with this stylish solution and was even featured in the 2012 Academy Awards swag gift bag.

As a Brand School graduate, I really love Brand School’s A+++ practice of TWISTING.  To successfully leverage lessons from brands that you admire you need to: 1) Become Aware of innovative brands, 2) Analyze what’s working and catching your attention and 3) Apply this to your own brand challenges.

This got me thinking about how I could incorporate a similar TWIST into my own brand, MissionBoost consulting. Everyone knows that social media is necessary tool to give your business a leg up. However, some of my clients are insecure about posting on social channels, as they do not want to come off as Granny with her first-time Facebook post. By incorporating my client’s individual voice and sense of style and using tools like Canva and Pablo, I help her create posts that are formatted with great fonts and beautiful images to make her and her businesses shine.

How can you use your favorite brand TWIST to inspire innovations that connect to your core customer and grow your business?

Brand School gives you the tools to innovate and deliver more of what your ideal customers really crave. 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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“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

About the author:

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Randi Curhan is founder of MissionBoostConsulting.com, specializing in helping you figure out what you really need to do to bring your business to the next level, get projects off the plate, and get it done. Randi grew up 3rd of four kids, sandwiched between two gifted, mathlete brothers. Randi realized at a young age (when her preschooler brother shouted out the answers to her homework problems before she finished reading them) that she had to work a little harder to get where she wanted to be. That did not intimidate this girl who thrived on the challenge. It’s how she got into an ivy league school where she excelled among the Wharton pocket protector set, nailed the dream job at Goldman and got a spot in an amazing MBA program. Randi’s love of figuring sh** out and getting it done has always made her a valuable part of teams throughout her academic and professional life. Even while taking time “off” to raise her children, Randi was the one to set up fundraising systems, databases, email invitations and graphics for events. Consistently boosting and supporting people around her, always excited to learn the latest trends and tools and to put them into action, has earned Randi her status as “Legend” in ability to help others the job done.

You can reach Randi via MissionBoostConsulting.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

Interested in guest blogging for BrandTwist? Contact jamie@brandtwist.com.

An Older Twist For a New Brand

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“Everyone talks about building a relationship with your customer. I think you build one with your employees first.” Senior vice president of retail and online stores at Apple Inc. and former CEO of Burberry Angela Ahrendts knew that employees are the cornerstones of building a business.

So does Sarah Oliver Handbags founder Sarah Oliver.

Oliver started designing handbags as gifts for friends and family and when stores began to inquiring to sell her pocketbooks she realized she could grow her business. She wanted to keep production in the U.S. but did not have the human resources to do the hand knitting required. Reflecting on dear memories of knitting with her mother and grandmother the idea came to her: why not see if the seniors at the nearby Redwoods Senior Retirement Community would want to sign on as knitters for her handbag company? And right away, an enthusiastic team of senior knitters stepped forward.

Calling themselves The Purlettes, they are the foundation of the business and put a little of themselves into every one of the hand-knit bags they produce for the company. Says Sarah, “When I think of the potential we have to scale and create opportunity for seniors across the country, I just get so excited imagining the possibilities… Every one of our bags tells a story worth telling!”

These hand-crafted bags are more than a stylish accessory, they empower and re-engage seniors in the American economy. By valuing and tapping into an under-utilized and under-appreciated population, Sarah Oliver is building an iconic American brand while delivering a new sense of purpose in senior’s lives.

Your employees are your first brand ambassadors – and a valuable asset. Listen to them; they’re on the front lines and their perspectives can provide invaluable feedback on customer’s experience of your brand. Consider how their unique talents can be an inspiration to innovate fresh ideas for your business.

Brand School gives you easy, actionable tools that you can use right away to boost your brand’s impact. Get access to our team of experts and enjoy support and inspiration from an exclusive community of like-minded business owners, non-profits and entrepreneurs.  Learn more about Brand School and see if your business qualifies for our free Brand Health Check Strategy Session at BrandSchoolOnline.com.

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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

The Pocket Dial: An iPhone and Fashion Twist

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Love your phone, but don’t know where to put it when you’re dressed for a nice evening out? Women can stash their phones in stylish handbags, but what do men in suits do? Cell phones weight down pants pockets and look bulky. Enter The Pocket Dial, invented by The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. Fallon TWISTED debonair fashion with a basic cell phone case to create a new solution to a common problem. The Pocket Dial is an iPhone case that has an interchangeable pocket square – so a gentleman can put his cell phone into his suit pocket and be stylish and unencumbered.

Fallon and his assistant literally hot glued a pocket square to an iPhone case creating the first prototype and marched into J.Crew CEO Mickey Drexler’s office to pitch the idea, and they loved it. Proceeds go to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust so you not only look good, you feel good too.

Look at old problems from new angles and TWIST your way to new solutions. Consider a homemade prototype to make the idea more real and get others on board. What could you do with a glue gun and a bit of imagination?

Brand School gives you the tools to innovate and deliver more of what your ideal customers really crave. See 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, The Purple Crayon Center for Learning and Innovation

A Twist on Personal Security

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Arriving safely at your destination is always the top priority whether traveling a long distance or walking around the block. But along the way you might encounter a sketchy situation, feel uneasy or even be confronted with an emergency.

Wouldn’t it be comforting to have your own, personal, security shield? Well, now you can.  Welcome Companion, the peer-to- peer personal safety app that is like a TWIST between home security systems such as ADT and social media like Facebook.

With the Companion app installed on your phone, friends, family or your public safety department can keep an eye on you as you travel.  You launch the app, plug in your destination, select a friend to be your “companion” to “watch” you as you progress along your route, and with just one tap you can send a message stating you are nervous or requesting immediate help.

Companion created a fresh, simple solution for a very real and pressing problem for travellers. It also harnesses the power of peer-to-peer communication which is already prevalent among its target market.

What keeps your ideal customer awake at night? Put yourself in their shoes to develop a solution that will change their lives.

Brand School gives you the tools to innovate and deliver more of what your ideal customers really crave. 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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“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

Twist Your Clutter Into Cash

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, or maybe in this case – a thousand dollars?  Founded by Agustin Gomez in 2013, Wallapop is revitalizing the idea that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure by creating a 24-hour, 7-day a week garage sale without the hassle of putting up signs in the rain or sacrificing your entire weekend.

With Wallapop, a free new app, Instagram meets Ebay in a TWIST to create an ideal “What you see, is what you get” experience.  Wallop is primarily an image-based, streamline virtual flea market which removes the vague guess-work that usually accompanies online second-hand purchasing.

Wallapop users play the role of either “Wallashoppers” or Wallasellers” and unlike other online classifieds it enables you to instantly chat with the person you are buying from or selling to in order to ask questions or make requests.  Items are listed based on location with the radius expanding the further you scroll, all you have to do is just snap a picture of what you want to sell, give it a fair price and wait as all your clutter turns to cash!

 

The world is moving more visual. What visual TWIST could your brand take advantage of to stand out and simplify your customer’s experience?

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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, deborahcoulterartflow.com

About the Author: Courtney Elaine Glynn

Courtney is a senior in college studying psychology with a background in international relations and diplomacy. Blazing her own trail in the suburbs of New York, she is a self proclaimed renaissance woman of sorts; spending her time as an intern, personal assistant, small business manager, cooking instructor and aspiring writer.

Want to now more ? You can contact her at: courtneyelaine12@gmail.com

Interested in guest blogging for BrandTwist? Contact jamie@brandtwist.com.

 

Luxury Style With a Twist

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JJ and Shannon Wilson saw a gap in the luxury apparel industry. They wanted sophisticated and luxurious clothing but also desired the practicality and control of stretchy performance wear. So, unable to find what they were looking for, they decided to create it themselves. They took the comfort and ease of the stretchy casual workout clothes they loved – think LuluLemon – and TWISTED it with the indulgent experience they craved – think Mercedes-Benz – and voila! Kit and Ace, designs that “look good and feel amazing.”

To create what they knew their customers would love, (ease combined with plush style) they developed revolutionary fabrics, like Technical Cashmere tm, a cashmere blend that is machine washable.

Shannon and JJ Wilson identified a marketplace void and created a unique, new product line that establishes a new niche in the fashion industry.

There’s always room for innovation. Take a look at what’s missing in your category. Look to other brands for inspiration and apply a creative TWIST that will set your brand apart.

What brand could you TWIST with to create something new and needed?

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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A Tracking Twist to Keep Tabs on Luggage

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Lost or stolen luggage is a common problem that plagues thousands of travelers all over the world. Finally, Smart-Unit has TWISTED ordinary luggage with GPS tracking (think WAZE) to create the first anti-theft luggage tracker in the world.

The makers of Smart-Unit knew what kept their target market up at night – worrying about their missing personal belongings. They saw a gap and filled a need.

Fresh ideas come from taking a look at old problems and applying new TWISTs to your product or service to make your customers lives better. It often involves applying technology from one category and leveraging it in unexpected ways in another.

What brand or technology innovation from another category can your business TWIST with to deliver a better experience?

Brand School gives you the tools to deliver fresh TWISTS and 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

 

The THINX Revolutionary Twist on Women’s Underwear

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Miki Agrawal not only wants to change how the world thinks about women’s periods, but she wants to liberate women from the constraints of that “time of month”– and she’s doing it one panty at a time.

Ms. Agrawal is CEO and co-founder of THINX, women’s underwear that also doubles as feminine pads.

THINX panties took the practical need for protection (Stayfree pads) and TWISTED it with the sensual way every woman loves to feel (Victoria’s Secret) and created THINX – stylish, comfortable underwear that offers an added layer of protection so women can do more, worry less and feel better about themselves.

One simple TWIST can make a big impact. For every panty sold, one is donated to a women in developing countries to help her live a more productive life without the stigma and encumbrance of lack of supplies.

And by taking something that is a universal need but has traditionally been taboo and addressing it in the open, THINX has become more than a practical product – they symbolize female empowerment and freedom.

What are your customers thinking about – but no one is addressing head on? Let them know you understand and want to help. Your customers will show their appreciationby becoming strong brand advocates.

Brand School is the premier program specifically designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them build their brands.  See how Brand School Faculty can help you realize your business’ potential 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 Sweet Twist That Delivers Results

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Many non-profits rely on volunteers – but some actions, like giving blood, require a temporarily unpleasant experience to contribute to long term benefits.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service TWISTED with some out-of-category top celebrity chefs and Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster to promote the message that donating blood, beyond doing a good deed, is a fun, approachable and friendly experience. They focus on the biscuit (cookie) given after donating as a delicious, desirable – even sensuous – reward.

“Giving blood feels good.” “Enjoy the best biscuit after saving three lives.”

A spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down worked for Mary Poppins. What “sugar” can you deliver to your clients and customers to make it easier to say “Yes” to your service or product?

Brand School gives you easy, actionable tools that you can use right away to boost your brand’s impact. Get access to our team of experts and enjoy support and inspiration from an exclusive community of like-minded business owners, non-profits and entrepreneurs.  Learn more about Brand School and see if your business qualifies for our free Brand Health Check Strategy Session at BrandSchoolOnline.com

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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

Entice Your Customers with a Color Twist

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In a fast-paced, fast-food world, finding that one little TWIST to make your product stand out is pivotal to gaining attention and building brand interest.

Take a Cartier box, who’s brand signature red color immediately gains your attention and signifies there is something wonderful to be found inside – twist it with a burger – and you get Burger King’s Red Whopper. In a sea of endless beige and brown burgers, Burger King Japan, with a limited budget and a R&D and marketing team of only five people, came up with a little twist that packed a big punch – color. Four years ago they successfully launched a “Black Burger”.

This year, they wanted to shake things up a bit, and launched a limited edition Red Burger – which was a red version of the “Angry Whopper”.  Says Burger King Japan’s general manager of business management Masanori Tatsuiwa, “We’re not using any creative agencies for these products. And this way we don’t need any big money to expand our awareness in the market.” “We thought making it red would make people curious and express the hot taste.” (AdAge)

And right they were. Before the product even launched, more than 150 headlines in English alone appeared in a Google search right out of the gate.

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You don’t need a big budget or need to reinvent the wheel. It only takes the willingness to give a little twist a try. Just like Burger King did, your business can introduce a simple twist to stay fresh and current.

We know we’d make our burgers purple or pink… what color would your brand twist with?

In Brand School we give you easy, actionable tools that you can use from day one to boost your brand’s reach. You’ll have access to our team of experts and enjoy the ongoing support and inspiration from an exclusive community of like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs to help you stay on track and bring fresh ideas to market.  Learn more about Brand School and see if your business qualifies for our free Brand Health Check Strategy Session at BrandSchoolOnline.com

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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

How to Keep Your Brand Fresh: Tips With a Twist

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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

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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.

Brands!!!

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

 

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A Creative Business and Travel Twist

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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 Match.com, twist it with Travelocity.com, 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

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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

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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 Dashed.com 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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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.

 

 

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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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Got a dad who is an entrepreneur? Gift him the gift of pursuing his dreams – encourage him to sign up for a free Brand Health Check at BrandSchoolOnline.com

 

 

 

 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 collin.wisniewski@gmail.com.

Business Cards with a TWIST

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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.

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A Twist That Can Save the Planet

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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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