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Creating an “On-Brand” Community for Developers

Creating an “On-Brand” Community for Developers

The Value of an Online Community Building an online community is a great way for companies to encourage deeper relationships with customers, enthusiasts, and most especially – developers. Technology companies are particularly adept at leveraging active participation, good will, and sheer word-of-mouth power of the cloud crowd. Many sponsor technical communities for developers like teaching, customer support, and newbie coaching. People flock to well-structured, well-run forums for advice, problem-solving, and to share their work and ideas. Some communities spring up of their own accord, sparked by a lone enthusiast trying to solve a problem who attracts people with similar...
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What Is the Strength of Your Marketing and Brand and Its Impact on Your Business?

What Is the Strength of Your Marketing and Brand and Its Impact on Your Business?

Do you ever wonder about the strength of your brand? And its impact on your business? Do you monitor it and measure it? Do you evaluate it like you do for your business? If you wanted to know how it’s doing, would you even know what questions to ask? We’ve put together a quick diagnostic test to help CEOs assess when it’s time to for a strategic brand check-up. Eight Questions to Ask Yourself to Evaluate the Strength of Your Brand Does your company have a purpose that your employees live up to every day? Is it meaningfully activated in your...
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Entrepreneurs — Why You Need This Advice for Your Next VC Pitch

Entrepreneurs — Why You Need This Advice for Your Next VC Pitch

The Entrepreneur Pitch Every day, in offices up and down Sand Hill Road, founders meet with venture capitalists to make their pitch. For entrepreneurs, these aren’t mere meetings. They are defining moments, perhaps life-changing ones. Only the truly clueless would be unprepared for meetings of this magnitude. Rock-solid business plan? Check. Technology road map? Check. Go-to-market strategy? Market analyses? Financial projections? Check. Check. Check. And yet…despite all that exhaustive effort, many entrepreneurs are not truly ready for what might one of the most important meetings of their career. They aren’t prepared with an answer to the most basic question...
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Creating a New Brand Category to Address Growth

Creating a New Brand Category to Address Growth

Brand Category As A Frame Of Reference A brand’s frame of reference is the foundation of its positioning. It will determine the points of parity the brand has to meet in order to be considered a legitimate player, and highlight opportunities to differentiate. As such, your brand needs to fit into the framework of a brand category that people understand and relate to in order to really ‘get’ your brand. As UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff explains, a frame of reference is absolutely essential, get it wrong and your difference may be ignored: “Framing provides a mental structure that shapes...
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Maintaining Brand Relevance in a Fast-Paced World

Maintaining Brand Relevance in a Fast-Paced World

Brand Relevance Amidst New Expectations In a time of constant change and heightened customer expectations, the greatest danger facing most brands today is loss of brand relevance. People are ultra-connected. Markets constantly shift. New trends emerge. Competitors enter and shake things up. And customers expect more from the brands they buy from. As a result, many businesses struggle to stay relevant – trying to get ahead of competition, adapt fast enough, and maintain their position in the market. In order to survive, brands need to evolve in a way that differentiates them from their competitors, and at the same...
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Why Is Messaging for B2B Companies Today So Difficult?

Why Is Messaging for B2B Companies Today So Difficult?

Disruptive and Transformational Technologies Technology is advancing like never before. With advancements in AI, machine learning, iOT, analytics, and so much more, it’s becoming more and more difficult for businesses to keep pace. Industries are being transformed and the world we live in is changing before our eyes. As an agency, we work with many tech clients who are in the midst of this change – racing the clock to get to market before the competition.  And while many have worked tirelessly to build the best technology in their realm, they struggle with how to position and message their product...
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Discourse Analysis: A Powerful Tool That Ensures Your Strategy’s Success

Discourse Analysis: A Powerful Tool That Ensures Your Strategy’s Success

Missing a Piece of the Picture A powerful brand strategy that drives business forward requires more than an understanding of what customers say motivates them to engage with your brand or your competitors. It requires understanding the larger cultural forces at play that shape those same motivations and comparisons. That’s where discourse analysis enters the conversation. For example, in our work with a major cyber security company, analyzing the discourses at play revealed shifts in the larger security conversations happening in our culture. We discovered we were moving from conversations of protection and attention, to those of proactive prevention and...
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How to Hire the Right Branding Agency

How to Hire the Right Branding Agency

The business case for hiring a branding agency In all the years of working with tech companies, we have heard the same story time and time again about the trials and tribulations of VPs and marketing executives trying to secure a budget to invest in hiring a branding agency with limited success. On top of that, how to hire the right agency can be just as confusing. We hear about them making strong and compelling business cases to invest in the brand to leadership teams and hitting a wall. It happens at every budget cycle, management meeting, and discussion around...
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The Benefits of Purpose-Led Company Cultures

The Benefits of Purpose-Led Company Cultures

Purpose-led Company Cultures What happens when all the people in your organization feel better about the work they do? When they know they’re helping others achieve greater well-being? When they have a shared belief and feel a kindred spirit with their co-workers? For your business, the benefits are multifold. There’s more alignment, engagement, and motivation in play. Collaboration and innovation become more natural and prevalent. So everything runs more smoothly. New ideas are popping up all the time. Blank, confused, and dispirited faces are replaced by purpose-driven looks of determination and smiles of gratification. Your business thrives. If these...
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The Value of Investing in Your Corporate Narrative During Transition

The Value of Investing in Your Corporate Narrative During Transition

Transformations and Transitions Competitive pressures on businesses today are stronger than ever. And as a result, many companies are taking new directions, which are leaving CEOs to reevaluate their position, redirect employees, and build new identities and strategies that are going to fuel business forward amidst important transitions and transformations. As many businesses today shift and flex to changing market demands, it’s easy for a large transformation or transitional period to leave critical audiences and stakeholders feeling lost. Lack of alignment, disparate value propositions across the organization, mixed information, brand behavior, unclear values, or varied messages from recruiters all...
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Personalization Can Drive Meaning For Brands

Personalization Can Drive Meaning For Brands

What helps create a truly meaningful brand? A flawlessly articulated purpose? A killer logo? A leadership team that really understands the value of brand? Complete internal alignment? Oftentimes, the interplay of many different brand elements work together to create cohesive and lasting meaning. But one element that is gaining value in the world of branding is personalization. Right now, personalization is “in” with brands. Mass consumption and mass production are becoming things of the past. These days, brands that matter and resonate with people are the ones that feel like they’re authentically made and designed just for you. It’s...
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Emotive Brand Happy Hour: Kyla Discusses Her Inspiration

Emotive Brand Happy Hour: Kyla Discusses Her Inspiration

Emotive Brand Happy Hour! Today, our Studio Manager, Catrina Morbidelli, sat down with our Director of Operations, Kyla Grant​, to learn more about what drives and inspires her. If you checked out the Facebook video, read the full interview below. What is your biggest motivation to keep working in this field? The work we do at Emotive Brand is never the same. Companies of every size, from industries I never knew of, come to EB to solve their problems – and the solutions are always different. That’s what’s interesting. We are constantly learning, constantly evolving, and constantly moving at such...
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Workplace Behavior Helps Brands Compete

Workplace Behavior Helps Brands Compete

Brand strategy that is not activated meaningfully within an organization can fall flat. The best way to ensure employees know how to bring a new brand strategy to life and live its brand promise is to develop a strategy for addresing workplace behavior. When we set out to build our methodology for brand strategy, we had two bold objectives in mind: 1. Reduce the emotional distance between people and brands, to make lives more meaningful, and brands more successful. 2. Go beyond simply stating a meaningful ambition for brands, by showing the executive team, the management, and every employee...
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Embrace Agile Learning and Set Your Business Up For Success

Embrace Agile Learning and Set Your Business Up For Success

Learning as a Competitive Advantage More and more, a workforce’s capacity for learning is becoming a competitive advantage for businesses and brands today. Staying relevant, fresh, innovative, and creative hinges on a culture’s openness to new perspectives, ability to embrace of different ideas, and willingness to take risks. As businesses look for new ways to compete, stay agile, and move business forward amidst new challenges and fast-paced changes, having agile learners leading and fueling your business matters now more than ever. Without Learning, You Risk Losing Relevancy Research has proven that leaders who aren’t able to shift their assumptions...
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Autonomy and Accountability: A Balancing Act That Fuels Innovation

Autonomy and Accountability: A Balancing Act That Fuels Innovation

Higher Demands for Innovation Today Across industries today, businesses and brands are realizing the need to embrace an innovative mindset in order to compete. In today’s shifting times, agility has never had so much value. And brands who want to be positioned to thrive need to be able to move fast and smart enough to stay ahead of the competition. This hinges on having motivated, inspired, and productive people behind you. Innovative businesses today are fueled by people who believe in their purpose, are given the freedom they need to experiment, take calculated risks, and work creatively in order...
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