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The Pursuit of Innovation: Breakthrough vs. Incremental

Every aspect of a business, brand or organization can be optimized through innovation – customer relationships, process, human resources – all in pursuit of a meaningful experience. What’s more is that this application opens up the culture of innovation to all, not solely the ‘creatives’. With an incredibly competitive market and a demanding customer base, creative agencies require an innovation culture to stay relevant. Many employ one of two types of innovation, even without knowing it. More often, unaware of it’s process, a company innovates through an incremental process. Incremental innovation is considerably the more conservative method and exists on small, gradual improvements to a product or service. This may not even be seen as innovation during implementation, but in retrospecting a product’s synthesis over time, one can obviously see the benefit and upgrades to it’s user – thus solving their problems through innovation. Incremental innovation responds to it’s users needs, making their lives better, becoming more useful and earning…

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4 years, 8 months ago
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5 Startup Strategies for Dodging Setbacks

1. Strengthen Your Vision First and foremost, a brand must be its own biggest fan – having a clear vision and holding on to it, ensuring that focus remains strong, is the most important driver for success. Losing sight of the inspiration can be common, depending on the stage of the process that the startup is currently immersed in. It’s a normal occurrence (as humans, we need to diversify our outlook often), and must be nipped in the bud as soon as it rears its doubting head. Know what you want to achieve through your business and its objectives. 2. Clearly Plan and Set Benchmarks Begin your brand strategy with a plan, and especially clarify financial goals and plans. A passion is important, indubitably – but a brand must remain practical in regard to what it can accomplish based on the selected or available budget. Establish realistic goals and targets…

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4 years, 9 months ago
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Pitch Perfect: The Secret to a Flawless Pitch Deck

As brands begin to find their new pace in the new year, startups are perking up their ears, trying to pick up any tips and tricks to improve their image and business. While many options exist to assist them in their optimization, one of the easiest and more fun methods include creating pitch decks. Raising money from investors isn’t easy in the best times, and for startups it can be especially challenging (without the experience that other brands have collected over the years). To perfect a pitch, a brand will need to follow specific points, achieving the ideal presentation framework. Clean It Up Investors are not interested in a cluttered and over-detailed presentation; a way to ensure that you begin on a strong note is to think about your “elevator pitch.” A common exercise in the business world, this condenses your message into a 60 to 90 second speech that…

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4 years, 9 months ago
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Lifecycle of a Startup

Every startup has to go through a process that takes them through the creative outpouring that accompanies the new idea. Structuring this influx, this waterfall of enthusiasm and drive is crucial to stay on track, focused on the next milestone in order to achieve your success! Concept A fantastic idea has been developed that will accomplish X, Y, Z. But at this stage, the focus is on the idea, conception and inspiration rather than facts and research. Determining if there is a market for the product or service is the next logical step for an organization, along with electing how the offered solution will increase revenue or reduce any costs for the consumer. Seed Here is where the product development is finalized and the preparations for market introduction begin. Gathering an increased amount of feedback from testing assists in perfecting the product abilities. This is the optimal time to focus…

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4 years, 10 months ago
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Startup Branding – What Factors Can Help You Win in a Crowded Marketplace?

Getting noticed in a marketplace as a startup can be challenging. On top of having to be innovative, you have to compete with established leaders that can quickly snuff you out before you get going. So when it comes to making your big debut and sustaining the buzz you’ve created, the proper startup branding strategy is essential. It can be the one factor that can make or break a company’s momentum. There are multiple aspects of branding that you need to think about before developing your plan of attack. You have to first become aware of what competing brands exist in the marketplace and how they have positioned themselves. This will allow you to see how you stand out in the marketplace and how to position your uniqueness to generate buzz and build momentum. For example, one company may have centered their brand on premium prices for premium products. Another…

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5 years, 2 months ago
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Web Design for Startups: What Are Smart Startups Doing With Their Websites?

It’s becoming difficult for startups to ignore web design. To many startups, website design may seem like a way to present their company in a meaningful way. However, it is far more than an aesthetic function. Design is about creating something in a way that is meant to be used. It gets people to delve into your content, evaluate your products, and take part in a unique experience (if that’s your goal). If that’s the case, what should startups take notice of when it comes to design? Here are some great examples of what some startups are doing. 1. Being as direct as possible – Many startups are cutting to the chase and simply stating directly what a new visitor will get out of using their website or what they are offering. The goal is to quickly state the benefit out of using the website in a few sentences and…

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5 years, 2 months ago