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December 6, 2019

It’s TikTok Time

Scott Cooter
Scott Cooter Creative Director / Senior Copywriter

By now, you’ve probably heard of TikTok, the hot video editing and sharing channel that’s been covered in The New York Times, Business Insider and Cnet, as well as featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show (Ellen now has her own TikTok channel). Grubhub used it for a takeover to download the Grubhub app (1.4 billion downloads). This spring, Jimmy Fallon used TikTok to kick off his new Tonight Show Challenges segment with the hashtag #tumbleweedchallenge, where viewers made videos of themselves rolling around like tumbleweeds (8,000+ submissions and 10M+ engagements in under a week).
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August 28, 2019

Kiss My Sass

Scott Cooter
Scott Cooter Creative Director / Senior Copywriter

Snack-naming trends

Consumer attitudes toward snacking are changing, driven in a large part by the millennial audience. Where older generations viewed snacks as guilty pleasures, millennials’ insistence on socially aware, better-for-you food has created cross-over snacks requiring no discretion.
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July 30, 2019

Are You Not Entertaining?

Jamie Allebach
Jamie Allebach Chief Executive & Creative Officer

I see soooo many food and beverage brands just pushing out the same old content on social media…nice food pic, talk about how great my brand is, more food pics, maybe a happy kid, throw in a packaging shot or two…predictable, boring, and most importantly …UNEFFECTIVE!
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July 25, 2019

Why So Many Brands Are Flocking To Twitter and Instagram

Nathan Allebach
Nathan Allebach Social Media Manager

It’s no secret that a wave of brands have hit Twitter and Instagram in recent years to build their audiences. The big question is, why? Facebook once dominated this space. Brands joined in droves, creating pages and amassing likes. Although it’s still a corporate monolith with advertising dollars that easily outperform every other platform (besides Google), it’s lost nearly all media attention and hype. Facebook has become the rejected childhood toy of the bunch. Everyone still has one, but no one wants to play
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June 14, 2019

Is Big-Brand CPG Dominance Over?

Scott Cooter
Scott Cooter Creative Director / Senior Copywriter

The new IRI New Product Pacesetters report is out. And although their findings indicate mass market is still in decline overall, it seems that smartly targeted markets are growing. And that has more to do with how accurately the opportunity has been forecast than the size (and depth of the pockets) of the company bringing it to market. Small Companies (annual sales under $1 billion) are doing a better job of understanding how consumer wants and buying practices are evolving, targeting an opportunity, then moving quickly to deliver the right product to the right audience at the right time.
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April 29, 2019

Hello…Is Your Brand There?

Jamie Allebach
Jamie Allebach Chief Executive & Creative Officer

When consumers are looking…is your CPG food or beverage brand anywhere to be found?

In order to be found, you have to occupy space in two places: 1) in the minds of consumers, and 2) on the shelf at retail.
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April 2, 2019

6 Ways To Cut Through Inundation With Distinct Content

Nathan Allebach
Nathan Allebach Social Media Manager

Everyone is trying to do everything with their brands these days. There’s so much content competing for clicks and attention real estate every moment of every day in every category. Competition is inevitable. Inundation is everywhere. So what can we do about it? Read more…

February 27, 2019

The Death Spiral of Price Promotions

Jamie Allebach
Jamie Allebach Chief Executive & Creative Officer

Price promotions. I like to refer to them as the race to the bottom. Who can win the competition of having the lowest price and commoditizing their brand?
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Are You Listening?

Jamie Allebach
Jamie Allebach Chief Executive & Creative Officer

“Be slow to speak and quick to listen.” I’m sure you’ve heard this familiar proverb. We all need to practice being better listeners, right?
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