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Refilling the Well of Inspiration

Confession time: my inspirational well has been in a bit of a drought situation over the past couple weeks. We have had a lot going on in the office (a very good thing) and I have had a lot going on home (also a very good thing.) The result? A lot less time spent wandering and roaming — …

Three simple ways to love the women who love you.

Photo from Libby Williams. Just because it’s Spring! According to word of mouth researchers Keller Fay, women have about 10% more brand conversations per week than men. Perhaps what’s most interesting from this is same study on Women and Word of Mouth is that men and women alike agree that women give better advice than men. Hmmm. …

Friday Fotos | Free the Flag Edition

Old floor boards = new conference table. Pinebox Daddy, you are amazing.   Airing out ye olde flag.   Moe’s desk is a land of magic and mystery.   Let it go.   Have passion, will travel.   DinsDay gets a little strange around our office.   The new Innovate mural is complete. (And we’re loving it.)   …

10 Tidbits of Wisdom for Building a Better Brand

I work with words. I love words. So it comes as no surprise that I enjoy perusing the collective quoted wisdom on Pinterest. In doing so, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon. If you search for business quotes, Pinterest tends to spit back an uninspired mix of jargon. The business quotes suggest that all you need to build …

Act as if you just began.

Photo from the talented Libby Williams. I hate when people ask us how long we’ve been in business. Just hate it. Brains on Fire has been a company since 1999 (over 16 years) and before that a company called Greg and Greg was alive and well and so was a company called Phillips and Goot. …

Worthy Watch: Minute Maid Parents

When most people think of advertising, it conjures up visions of product placement and catchy jingles in their head. Minute Maid’s latest spot is a shining example of marketing through a bigger and better story. While you won’t find any close-up shots of orange juice slowly filling a glass, what you will find is a brand stepping aside …

Change or DIE.

What if we could live our lives with a sureness that things often fall apart in order to make way for something even more remarkable? Above: One of my favorite photos of Ramsey, Cordell, Mike and yours truly taken during one of Mike’s visits a couple of year ago.  In 2004, Mike Goot, my business partner …

How do you stay inspired everyday?

Another inspiring photo from my friend Libby Williams‘ collection of beautiful things.  A couple of months ago, I got asked a simple and amazing question during Q+A time at a speaking engagement. “How do you stay inspired every day?” I stopped for a moment and said, “ME PERSONALLY?” “YES”, she said. I shared how personal stories …

Friday Fotos | Flying Planes Edition

Our new neighbors at Oobe are busily beautifying the Innovate Building inside and out. Cant wait to see the finished product!   When an insight trip feels more like playtime…

Why Brands Should Focus on Creating Experiences, Not Selling Stuff

I read an interesting article on Fast Company yesterday. Long story short, researchers have found that experiences — not things — bring us the most happiness in the long run. It’s counterintuitive that something like a physical object that you can keep for a long time doesn’t keep you as happy as long as a once-and-done …

It’s not where you take things from, it’s where you take them to

I recently read a quote from film director Jim Jarmusch that challenged me: “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things …

Design is a secret language.

I love this slide Greg Ramsey quickly did for one of my presentations. I love being able to feel the person behind design. This week I presented at a conference in Vermont and I got asked the most wonderful and unexpected question during Q+A time. “You have the most beautiful slides. Do you believe design …

Announcing “Good Time”

A few fun facts:  20 percent of companies offer Employee Volunteer Programs (EVPs) and that figure has been steadily rising over the past decade. (Source) EVPs have been shown to improve employee morale, productivity, loyalty and recruitment efforts. (Source) 61 percent of millennials report that an employer’s commitment to its community would play a role in their decision to accept …

Friday Fotos | Remodel Edition

New map for our old office space.    New conference table…coming soonish.   A cool way to think about what drives us.   Cleaning day!       Wishing you a purrrrfect weekend.

I hope you get pneumonia.

If I move again, it will be to a really tiny house like this one. About four years ago, I got pneumonia. Trust me. Coughing up blood makes you listen hard to a doctor’s advice to stay in bed. So I canceled my fancy plans to meet with a client on the west coast. And …

Friday Fotos | La-La Land Edition

Pie for Pi Day.   Our ancient floorboards are becoming our new conference table — and we can’t wait to see the final result.   Greenville goes to (BOF)LA.   Beau doing a little nasal proofing of our handiwork.   Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was good and green.

How to Be Good: It’s So Obvious That It’s Not

For some reason, whenever I go grocery shopping, I find myself drawn to a random row of product in the baking aisle. The “weird flours,” if you will. I always wonder about the people who are purchasing those little bags of coconut flour and hazelnut meal. “What are you doing with all that chia seed,” I find myself wondering. It’s …

What’s your moonshot?

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a Rapid Ingenuity Blitz in NYC. Greg Galle from Future Partners shared Google’s criteria for moonshot idea during the Blitz. 1. Must be an idea that will affect a million people.  2. People will say you are nuts.  3. Yet you still believe it’s possible.  Don’t you just love …

Friday Fotos | Wood Edition

Our old floorboards are becoming our new conference table. (With a little help from @PineBoxDaddy) Sometimes we get paid to burn things. They don’t call us Brains on Fire for nothing. Not awkward at all.

Surprise + Delight: Land Rover

When it comes to marketing, surprise and delight might be my favorite thing of all. There’s something really magical about getting to help your client become a remarkable brand by doing something remarkable. And while there are all kinds of theories about the ins and outs of surprise and delight, it’s the one part of marketing I find …