Tag Archives: branding

How to Choose a Brandable (and Available) Domain and Name

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It’s no wonder businesses today find it more and more difficult to discover a brand name and domain they can own. It’s increasingly more difficult with the proliferation of online businesses and online business presence. Being creative with your brand name likely makes it easier to find domain options that aren’t already registered…

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Why Mission and Vision Statements Can’t Be Passé (Even if You Hate Them.)

 

There’s been a lot of hating on mission statements and vision statements over the last decade. And some of it’s warranted. However, the idea that you can create a successful brand, or a successful business, without knowing some semblance of these “ugly step children” is a bit ridiculous. Trying to construct a brand while saying mission and vision statements are inconsequential is a bit like saying you’re constructing a building and have decided to ignore those out-moded laws of gravity and mass.

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Who’s Afraid of Their Target Market?

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More people than would like to admit.

In fact, after working with businesses of various sizes across very diverse industries for more than 20 years on branding initiatives, I would venture to say just about every small- to medium-sized business. The fact is, most businesses are deathly afraid of choosing a target market. Here’s why.

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Portland Business Journal Features Gist Brand’s Jason Halstead

Featured in the Executive Profile in the July 5th edition of the Portland Business Journal.

So far everyone who’s commented on the coverage says for once they had fun reading one of these. I’ve been thanked twice for the fact that my favorite quote wasn’t something typically boring and trite like, “Success is it’s own reward” or “Know thy customer.” I know exactly what they mean (but honestly, that knowing your customer stuff is really key, you know.)  —Jason

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Brand Coaching for Small Businesses: Introductory Offer

Know anyone who needs help in defining or refining their brand, but who can’t quite figure out where to start? The Gist Brands coaching workshop is a structured, but fun and engaging way to get unstuck and get going.

The Approach

The idea is to make high-level brand strategy ideas and concepts available to smaller businesses in an abbreviated and more accessible coaching format, with business owners doing some of the legwork and process themselves to make it more affordable. Instruction and coaching happens in a supportive group environment that makes the discovery process more lively, fun, and insightful, and gives you a long term network of other business owners that are in similar situations as yourself.

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