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Feb 06, 2017
Insights from the Winter Fancy Food Show 2017

What's happening in the world of food?

Last week was the Winter Fancy Food Show put on by the Specialty Food Association. For us here at CBA it’s a wonderful time to see what is happening in the world of food and beverage, as well as what new product trends we should keep our eyes on. It’s one thing to check out new designs online and quite another to see hundreds of samples in the crowded Moscone Center. From the thousands of vendors and brands present, we've identified 3 most notable trends that are soon to be dominating the world of food and beverage.


Feb 02, 2017
The new limits of brand experience

Brand Boundaries

Creating brand experiences has become the mantra of marketers. Everybody wants to deliver experiences to stay relevant and build strong relationships with customers. Technology has provided us with incredible tools to communicate, measure engagement and create seamless transitions between the online and the offline worlds. It has also created more complex dynamics and made it more difficult for brands to grab the customer’s attention and to conquer their hearts. But as we aim to create strong brand experiences to find growth, we should look not at the tools but at opportunities in new risky territories. This is why knowing where the limits of your brand are is key to stretch the brand and go beyond.

Let me explain.


Jan 05, 2017
How brands can modernize to maximize e-commerce

Designing across channels

The internet, while ubiquitous in our everyday lives, is still fairly new. Many remember the days preceding its arrival, and well. The systems and rituals that went along with finding things,researching things, buying things the old fashioned way are now both shockingly archaic and comfortingly nostalgic.


Jan 04, 2017
Learnings from Fast Company's Innovation Festival (4/4)


This is the last in our series of learnings from Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. Our three principles thus far, internal valorization, diversity, and cross-industry collaboration, have given us an astute understanding of the makeup of a powerful brand. Our last take away, disruption, helps seal the deal.


Jan 02, 2017
Learnings from Fast Company's Innovation Festival (3/4)

Cross-Industry Collaboration

This is the third entry in a series of learnings from Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. The first two principles, internal valorization and diversity, lay the foundation for brands that can appeal genuinely to a consumer. This week we continue to flesh out another primary theme from the conference that can help brands further cement lasting engagement from their consumers.


Jan 01, 2017
Learnings from Fast Company's Innovation Festival (2/4)


After a relaxing holiday break, we’re back to continue our series on our learnings from Fast Company’s Innovation Festival. As a quick reminder, there were four major takeaways we found from the festival. The first principle examined was internal valorization, where businesses prioritized their own teams. As we saw, this created a strong foundation that resonated out to all aspects of a brand.


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