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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

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Honest, true, and pure content

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I have been listening for a few months now and I love this podcast

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233 Ratings
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197
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10
5
8

QUALITY

By stripset - Mar 16 2019
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Honest, true, and pure content

I love it

By JacobElijahR - Feb 25 2019
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I have been listening for a few months now and I love this podcast

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

If you think small, you will stay small

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Your mindset makes all the difference.  It will either open up a world of possibilities or keep you exactly where you are.  Most of us start small.  Even a well funded startup launches from a relatively small space.  In spite of how we start, we don't have to stay small.  

Mindset precedes growth. Growth doesn't create the mindset, the mindset creates the growth.  My early days at Starbucks taught me to always develop, look to level up, and never, ever stay stagnate.  Not only does this apply to our personal life, I truly believe that this mindset can be applied to any type of business or creative act.

If we want to grow our business and develop to the next level we must:

Think Large Build Large Lead Large

Are you ready to chart a course forward? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

a Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

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Sep 26 2019

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Jeremy Miller-The Importance of Naming and the Future of Branding

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Naming can be so difficult but the impact is significant. With over 500k new businesses being started every month we're facing a shortage of names.  Today's guest, bestselling author Jeremy Miller, not only shares why names are so important but also shares his amazing naming process.

Whether you're actively naming a company or product or not, this podcast is full of amazing insight.  Jeremy's approach to naming not only creates a great name but equally as important, leads to a release of creativity among the team.

We also talk about the future of branding and the importance of alignment between operations, sales and marketing.  Whether you're just getting started or are well on your way this holistic approach to brand building is where the magic is.  This is what customers love!

To find out more about Jeremy Miller, visit here.

To order his new book Brand New Name, click here.

Are you ready to chart a course forward? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

a Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

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Sep 13 2019

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Turning Failure into Momentum

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Failure!  It will happen to all of us!  The question isn't "will I fail?"  the question is "What do I do when I fail?"

The issue with failure is that it can rob us of what we ultimately want: to feel respected, valued and appreciated.  When we fail at something or one of our ideas fails it can sting deeply and if not dealt with correctly can actually derail us.  

Here are five ways to get through the failures:

1.  Know yourself.  Do I have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset?

2. Map out what went wrong.  What contributed to the failure?

3. Reflect and pivot.  How adjustments can I make going forward?

4. Fill in the gaps.  What skills or knowledge do I need to acquire?

5. Get back up and go again.

Are you ready to make your failure work for you?  Let's talk!  Sign up here for a free consultation. 

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

Onward Creatives

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Mar 26 2019

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OC096: The cost and benefit of self awareness

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Self awareness is key for both the individual and the company.  Being truly self aware is the difference between the shadow of success and true success.  There are costs and benefits to achieve self awareness. It requires:

1. Time/energy 2. Courage 3. Action

It provides you with:

1. Confidence 2. Courage 3. Framework

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. We're Valentina and Jack Fussell, creative entrepreneurs. This podcast is for the creative dreamers and doers. Each week we bring insights, resources, and support to help you take your business to the next level. The journey onward starts here.

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

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Apr 12 2018

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OC031: How to Start Beyond your Experience with Laura Bento of Good Grit Magazine

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Do you have an idea that is great but you don't have the experience for?  This is a common problem among entrepreneurs and often times keeps us from pursuing our dreams.  

A few weeks ago I met Laura Bento, founder of Good Grit Magazine, and was shocked by one of her first statements.  I expected to her say that she had worked for publications for years and after proving herself had decided to start her own magazine.  Instead she told me "Prior to starting Good Grit I had never actually subscribed to a magazine before."  After a few more questions I discovered that when she conceived the idea for Good Grit she had ZERO publication experience.

Prior to launching her magazine she ran a consulting company and found herself needing to learn new skills consistently.  She was able to utilize multiple opportunities to build her skill set through curiosity and the simple art of asking questions. Laura is the ultimate learner and has leverages this skill set to build Good Grit.

In this Episode you will learn:

  • You are not limited by your experience.
  • Drama and low points make for a great life story.
  • Fear is different than being scared. Fear prevents you from pursuing your ideas whereas being scared is something you feel WHILE pursuing your ideas.

Follow Good Grit here: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  This is the place for anyone who is dreaming of making a change in their lives, taking a leap into a new adventure, or wondering if their idea is worth pursuing.

We are creative entrepreneurs, Valentina and Jack Fussell and in Season Two, we continue to share from the midst of a total life relaunch.  After 12 years living in Africa and Europe we are relaunching our life in the US.

Each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. The journey onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

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Aug 18 2016

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OC039: Three ways to rethink work / life balance

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There are few subjects as divisive as work/life balance.  We definitely live in a world of polarizing opinions on what this means and what is the proper balance.  On one side of the equation is the group idealizing working from the beach, living life to it's fullest all the time.  On the other side is the "I hustle and work while you sleep and play."  Both sides are loud mouthed, opinionated and mostly motivate through guilt.  You deserve better than this!

It's time to rethink the whole work/life debate (which includes redefining these stupid words).

1. There's not just one definition of work/life balance.  It's not the fewest amount or the most amount of hours which wins, because each of us is different.  It's time that we let go of the guilt and the manipulation and realize that proper balance varies from person to person.

2. Stop seeing work and life as opposing factors.  The fact is that life is everything.  Life is family, work, play and us as individuals.  Hotwire president Henrik Kjellberg has reframed the discussion around work and leisure.  He works in order to enjoy leisure and his leisure refreshes him for his work.  There's no separation between the two and they're not always opposing factors.

3. Succeed with a purpose.  Jim Bird thinks of this as achievement and enjoyment.  You work for a purpose which is where you find enjoyment.  This step is probably where most of us struggle because we've never taken the time to define what we really want, or we're afraid to admit it to others.  Until we define our purpose and what we actually want we'll always struggle with the time we invest in our work.

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest life story. 

We're Jack and Valentina Fussell, creative entrepreneurs just like you, and each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. 

Your journey Onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

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Sep 15 2016

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OC108: Seven Steps to a Side Hustle

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1. Create it in alignment with your identity

2. Define what type it is

3. Set goals

4. Schedule specific hours

5. Automate as much as possible

6. Don't undermine the FT gig

7. Know when to continue, grow or walk away

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podcast for the creative dreamers and doers.  Whether you’re just getting started on your creative journey or your well on your way this is the place for you.

Each week I help you discover your identity and develop a life and career in alignment with who you are.  The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 7:30 pm EST.

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

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Jul 26 2018

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OC083: Anxiety: let's starve it, replace it and kill it

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Does it wake you up?  Is everything fine and then suddenly....it's not? Do you find your mind racing ahead through possible scenarios most of which end with you crashing and burning into utter destruction?

Maybe I'm the only one....but I doubt that I am.  Anxiety sucks and we as creatives are especially vulnerable to this "companion" who over stays his welcome.

To be honest, I'm done with it....so here are the three things that I'm doing to kill it so I can go onward.

1. Starve it----remove the things that feed it

2. Replace it ---- find other "wolves" to run with

3. Kill it-----rewire the mind and the way you face difficulties.

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. I'm Jack Fussell, business consultant, and brand strategist. This podcast is for the creative dreamers and doers. Each week I bring insights, resources, and support to help you take your business to the next level. The journey onward starts here.

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

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If so, listen to our other podcast Human Centric is the New Black

Dec 06 2017

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OC053: How to Develop Blue Ocean Strategy

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Cirque De Soleil, Waze, Starbucks, Curves, iTunes....these are all game changers and they've all used blue ocean strategy to get where they are.

Blue Ocean Strategy is a radical change from the traditional way of thinking about business.  Most industries still focus on the same customer base, in the same overall way.   That traditional approach is red ocean thinking.  Like sharks, everyone is trying to live off the same prey (customers.)  Blue ocean turns away from the crowded space and looks for new opportunities.

If you're tired of doing business like everyone else, here's how to develop Blue Ocean Strategy.

  • Look beyond your current customers
  • Look to other industries/models
  • Look for the gaps in your industry
  • Look to the future

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest life story. 

We're Jack and Valentina Fussell, creative entrepreneurs just like you, and each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. 

Your journey Onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

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Nov 03 2016

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OC065: Building around your personality, strengths and preferences

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You are definitely your best asset but the reality is that none of us are complete.  We each have unique personalities and giftings but none of us are great at everything.  Regardless of whether we're self-employed or working within an existing company or organization we're guaranteed to be more successful if we build around who we are.  There are three ways to build around who we are:

1. Build around your personality.  We use the Meyers Briggs test to dive into who we are.  Not only is the helpful to better understand what you do naturally it also helps to understand the roles that will drain you.  It's great to have someone close to you fill in these gaps with their personality.

2. Build around your strengths.  The Strength Finders Assessment is a great way to assess your top 5 strengths.  If you're like me when you see your results you'll have an "a-ha" moment and some things that you thought were quirky turn out to be your greatest strengths.  With 34 strengths out there it's vital to know your own and then bring in others to help build a complete skill set.

3.  Build around your preferences.  In addition to our personalities and strengths we also have preferences.  We shouldn't discount these when it comes to building a team.  For every task I prefer not to do there's someone who loves to do it.  So I say, let them do it!  It helps them fulfill their role and it leaves time on your plate for the things that come more naturally. 

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest life story. 

We're Jack and Valentina Fussell, creative entrepreneurs just like you, and each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. 

Your journey Onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

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Feb 21 2017

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OC043: How to succeed with purpose

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Until we define our purpose and what we actually want we'll always struggle with the time we invest in our work.  Many of us are frustrated with work/life balance because we don't see the reason why.  Why do we work?  What's the purpose behind the traffic, the long hours, the hard work?  

Viktor Frankl said "Life is never made unbearable by circumstances but only by lack of meaning and purpose."

So if we want to discover how to succeed with purpose we need to ask three key questions.

1. What do you want?

2. What do you want to be known for?

3. What do you want the ending to look like?

"Those who have a "why" to live can bear with almost any "how." -- Viktor Frankl

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest life story. 

We're Jack and Valentina Fussell, creative entrepreneurs just like you, and each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. 

Your journey Onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

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You can Follow Jack at:

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Sep 29 2016

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OC057: How to sell your idea to others

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We all have ideas to sell.  For some of us we need to sell our idea within our company to a boss, team or group of key stakeholders.  For others we need individuals, friends and family to buy into our idea.  Regardless of the context the process is the same and it requires us to know how to sell.  

Robert Louis Stevenson said "Everyone lives by selling something."

There are three key steps to selling our ideas.

1. Develop the idea

2. Determine who needs to know

3. Share the plan and involve others

Join our Private Facebook Group and gain access to exclusive content!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest life story. 

We're Jack and Valentina Fussell, creative entrepreneurs just like you, and each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. 

Your journey Onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

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Nov 17 2016

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OC066: How to Find Your Unique Path

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Join our Private Facebook Group!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest life story. 

We're Jack and Valentina Fussell, creative entrepreneurs just like you, and each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. 

Your journey Onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

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Mar 16 2017

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OC012: The top 3 things we learned from pursuing our dreams (so far)

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Changing your life and pursuing your dreams is a crazy process.  During this first season we're chronicled our own journey from Copenhagen, Denmark back to the US.  Along the way we've shared our insights, struggles and victories to provide a rare view into the actual process of pursuing a dream.

In this episode we each share the top three things that we've learned along the way.  This is an exciting podcast that marks the end of one phase of the journey and leads to the next beginning with season 2.

We want to hear from you and answer any questions you may have in an upcoming Q&A show.  Visit http://www.onwardcreatives.com/onward-creatives-podcast/ and at the bottom of the page you can leave a comment or question.

Join creative entrepreneurs Valentina and Jack Fussell each week as they equip anyone who is dreaming a change in their lives, taking a leap into a new adventure or wondering if their idea is worth pursuing.

In Season One, Valentina and Jack share from the midst of a total life relaunch moving their family of five from Copenhagen to the US.  Each week they share their own journey and the insight they're gaining along the way.  Join them as they launch on their biggest adventure yet.

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

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May 26 2016

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OC114: The message that every person needs to hear

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Here's the message that every person needs to hear: The world isn't conspiring against you, it's actually conspiring for you.

Ready to start the business plan.

Click on this link, give us your email and download the plan.  This episode of the podcast walks you through exactly what you need to know for each part of the plan.  If you take the time to work this through you will build a strong foundation for your creative business.

Download it here!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podcast for the creative dreamers and doers.  Whether you’re just getting started on your creative journey or your well on your way this is the place for you.

Each week I help you discover your identity and develop a life and career in alignment with who you are.  The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 7:30 pm EST.

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

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Sep 27 2018

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Your Reputation Matters!

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Money isn't the goal, trust is!  Trust is the actual currency of business and reputation is one of the key tools you have to earn this trust.

Everyone talks about marketing, do a search on YouTube, iTunes or Google and you'll be flooded with articles on how to market.  Don't get me wrong it does matter what you do if people don't know you exist. But your reputation is WHY they buy from you.

How do you build a reputation like Disney, Nike or Chick-fil-a?

1. Define your desired reputation

2. Align EVERYTHING with this reputation

3. Listen and Pivot

Are you ready to earn trust? I can help.    Sign up here for a free consultation. 

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

Onward Creatives

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Apr 17 2019

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OC051: Seven Steps to Making Better Decisions

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Seven Steps to Making Better Decisions

1.Know where you're going

2. Know the first problem

3. Know Yourself

4. Get the input of trusted others

5. Ask which solution aligns with your goal/purpose

6. Act, go for it!

7. Don't expect perfection

Remember:

Good decisions come from experience, and experiences come from bad decisions.

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  A space to develop and grow your creative potential. Each week we provide inspiration and resources to you, the creative entrepreneur so that you can live out your greatest life story. 

We're Jack and Valentina Fussell, creative entrepreneurs just like you, and each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. 

Your journey Onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

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You can follow Valentina at:

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You can Follow Jack at:

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Oct 27 2016

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OC105: The battle for people's attention

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The battle for people's attention is fierce, but it's the key battle.  Since the beginning of time businesses have fought for attention....the weapons have changed but the battle is still the same.  Here are four things we have to understand about attention.

1. The battle is intense

2. We have unprecedented access to a global audience

3. If you don't understand social media and marketing, then learn it

4. Don't interrupt....add value

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast.  A weekly podcast for the creative dreamers and doers.  Whether you’re just getting started on your creative journey or your well on your way this is the place for you.

Each week I help you discover your identity and develop a life and career in alignment with who you are.  The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 7:30 pm EST.

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

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Jun 21 2018

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OC095: What is real identity?

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If success is Identity + Alignment = Success then we have to ask....

What is identity?

How does it differ from what we do?  What is true identity and what does it bring us?

Join our Private Facebook Group!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. We're Valentina and Jack Fussell, creative entrepreneurs. This podcast is for the creative dreamers and doers. Each week we bring insights, resources, and support to help you take your business to the next level. The journey onward starts here.

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

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You can Follow Jack at:

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Mar 29 2018

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OC023: 5 things to do when the doing gets difficult

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Life change is easy!  Ok, no one ever said that.  In fact, when you decide to change something in your life you'll quickly find that it can be more difficult than you've ever imagined (which is the very reason so few people do it).  Here are 5 things that you can do when the doing gets difficult.

1.Realize it's always difficult

2.Remember why you're doing this

3. Pick one thing to work on today

4. Find community (such as our Facebook group )

5. If necessary, pivot a bit

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives Podcast.  This is the place for anyone who is dreaming of making a change in their lives, taking a leap into a new adventure, or wondering if their idea is worth pursuing.

We are creative entrepreneurs, Valentina and Jack Fussell and in Season Two, we continue to share from the midst of a total life relaunch.  After 12 years living in Africa and Europe we are relaunching our life in the US.

Each week we share insights from our personal journey and the inspiring people we meet along the way. The journey onward starts here!

For more inspiration and resources for your life visit us at:

Onward Creatives

Facebook

You can follow Valentina at:

House of Valentina Instagram Twitter Facebook

You can Follow Jack at:

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Jul 21 2016

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4 Questions to ask at the end of 2019

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These four questions will help you honestly assess your year.

1. Where did I succeed?

2. Where did I flop?

3. What gaps do I see?

4. What surprises did I experience?

Are you ready to 2.0 yourself and your business? Let's Talk!

Join Valentina for her 25 Days of Christmas series on Youtube.

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

Onward Creatives

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Dec 13 2019

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How to be driven without being miserable

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Chances are if you're listening to this podcast you are driven.  This isn't the type of podcast that complacent people listen to.  Being driven is awesome and necessary if you want to succeed, but it can also have a dark side.  If all we see is the gap between what is and what can be, it's easy to be miserable.

Gratitude is the best way to balance this out make it all make sense.  Drive is what gets you up in the morning, gratitude gives you a reason to smile when you do.  Adding gratitude to your life allows you to keep the drive in place but enjoy the journey.  

This episode is a must for everyone wanting to grow and evolve to the next level.

Are you ready to 2.0 yourself and your business? Let's Talk!

Join Valentina for her 25 Days of Christmas series on Youtube.

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

Onward Creatives

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Nov 27 2019

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If you want to STAND out, own your DIFFERENCES

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Knowing an owning your differences is the key to success in life and business.  You owe it to yourself, your business and your customers to discover and build around your differences.   It will feel strange at first because we've been programmed to be just like every one else but no one ever stands out by being the same.

Are you ready to go big and own the differences? Let's Talk!

Join Valentina for her 25 Days of Christmas series on Youtube.

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

Onward Creatives

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Nov 22 2019

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How to Discover Your Identity ; The Key to Everything!

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You're an amazing individual, uniquely skilled, amazing at certain things....and so much more than a job or role.  Every person has an identity or magic to them.  It doesn't live on the surface like a job or hobby but is hidden deep inside.  If we want to live a successful and meaningful life we have to discover our identity, it's the key to everything.

How do we do it?

  1. Get to know you
    1. Personality Test
    2. Strength Finders Test
    3. Enneagram
  2. Look at your history
    1. What have you enjoyed in each job?
    2. What haven't you enjoyed?
    3. What comes naturally, with minimal effort?
  3. Own the rebellious
    1. What have you gotten in trouble for over the years?
    2. Are there any trends?

Ready to discover your identity? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

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Nov 15 2019

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The World's Worst Entrepreneur

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Helicopters, Ferraris, non-stop content creation and endless energy. This is what the entrepreneur life is all about. My reality is a beat up iPhone 7, forgetting to post on IG and bags under my eyes so large they wouldn’t even fit in the overhead compartment. I am the world’s worst entrepreneur. My IG feed is full of amazing quotes pushing me onward, pics of entrepreneurs in the most exotic locations and countless rags to riches stories. It sounds awesome and some days I feel like I come close to touching this ideal but many days (and late nights) I feel like this life is a million miles from my reality.

To be honest, I'm fairly certain that I'm the world's worst entrepreneur.  I don't have a helicopter, I don't always exhibit the "Top Ten Entrepreneurial Habits", and I probably work way too much. To be honest I drink too much coffee, don't sleep enough, buy more books than I read, and sometimes I simply want to chill out with a Moscow Mule and watch a few episodes of the Office.

So I'm either the worst....or I'm simply normal.  

The reality is that life rarely looks like we see in media....it's way more human.  So if you're struggling to get it all done, you're normal.  If you're struggling to make the right choices daily, you're normal.  If you're working way too much and are daily tempted to throw in the towel, you're normal.

So if you're like me what can you do?

1. Do what you can do. Make priorities and stick with them.  You're not Superman, you can't do everything.  

2. Keep at it.  You will be tired, you will work too much, you will be underpaid.  BUT if you keep at it you can have a life like no other.

3. Find community.  You may feel like you're alone, but you're not.  Find others that are on the same journey and travel together.  Feel free to download the Marco Polo App and let's have a conversation.

Ready to finish 2019 with a bang? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

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Oct 31 2019

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Reinventing yourself is painful, which is why you should do it

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You can't be the same and expect different results.  If you truly want different results from life, business, relationships, health you must reinvent yourself.

The truth is, every hero is made by the process of reinvention. If you're ready for your ideal life, this is a journey you need to take.

Are you ready to reinvent yourself? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

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Oct 18 2019

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If you think small, you will stay small

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Your mindset makes all the difference.  It will either open up a world of possibilities or keep you exactly where you are.  Most of us start small.  Even a well funded startup launches from a relatively small space.  In spite of how we start, we don't have to stay small.  

Mindset precedes growth. Growth doesn't create the mindset, the mindset creates the growth.  My early days at Starbucks taught me to always develop, look to level up, and never, ever stay stagnate.  Not only does this apply to our personal life, I truly believe that this mindset can be applied to any type of business or creative act.

If we want to grow our business and develop to the next level we must:

Think Large Build Large Lead Large

Are you ready to chart a course forward? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

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Sep 26 2019

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Jeremy Miller-The Importance of Naming and the Future of Branding

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Naming can be so difficult but the impact is significant. With over 500k new businesses being started every month we're facing a shortage of names.  Today's guest, bestselling author Jeremy Miller, not only shares why names are so important but also shares his amazing naming process.

Whether you're actively naming a company or product or not, this podcast is full of amazing insight.  Jeremy's approach to naming not only creates a great name but equally as important, leads to a release of creativity among the team.

We also talk about the future of branding and the importance of alignment between operations, sales and marketing.  Whether you're just getting started or are well on your way this holistic approach to brand building is where the magic is.  This is what customers love!

To find out more about Jeremy Miller, visit here.

To order his new book Brand New Name, click here.

Are you ready to chart a course forward? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast that helps you find clarity and take action so you can build and grow your brand.

Each week we go beyond all the hype and the noise and we help chart a course to build a business your customer will love. 

a Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Sep 13 2019

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We've got it all wrong : The Customer Narrative is key!

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We're in the midst of another marketing revolution.  Everything is about the customer!  You can no longer stand out simply by offering digital, or having a consistent visual identity or a great backstory....everyone has those.  How do you stand out?  You make everything about the customer.  

The brands who focus on customers win in three big ways: they see greater retention, higher satisfaction and more word of mouth referrals.  Does this sound like something your business/brand needs?Of course it does....we all need it.

The big question is how do we get it?  You start with the customer and go beyond demographics....that's only the beginning.  You understand they're spoken and unspoken needs and you build a process to meet all of their needs.  The customer journey is at the heart of creating this customer narrative and the key is thoughtfulness.  The brands that we love have been thoughtful about every touchpoint along the customer journey.

The best news is that size and budget have nothing to do with the ability to create a great customer narrative.  Anyone can compete in this space and stand out.  If you want to succeed in the new revolution....focus on the customer narrative!

Do you want more repeat customers and referrals? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

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Aug 30 2019

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The Five Books that Changed My Life

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There are a few books that have changed my life forever.  They've not only changed the way that I live, but they've changed the way that I view and build business.

Here are the five: (if you buy from here you can help support the podcast)

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

The War of Art

Tribes

The Brand Flip

The Icarus Deception

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Aug 22 2019

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How to standout and why it matters to your business

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You have to stand out!  If you look and sound just like everyone else why should someone choose you?  Competition is intense and now it's global.  The key is standing out!

How do you stand out?

1. Focus on the customer.  They are the ones who will choose you over the others.  It's important what they want in both the spoken and unspoken space.

2. Define what makes you different.  The key to this is that it has to matter to the customer.  This isn't middle school anymore....different is good!

3. Look and sound different.  Pull up their sites and their IG accounts....do you all look the same?  Create an identity that connects with your customer and sets you apart at the same time.

4. Focus on the experience.  Your competition is the best customer experience they've had.  So become a little marketer and study what the best do in customer experience and bring it into your space.

Are you ready to stand out? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Aug 15 2019

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6 Things We Wish We Knew Five Years Ago

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Starting a business or making big pivots can be difficult.  We made a huge move a few years ago where we not only changed zip codes but we changed country codes. It's often difficult in the middle of big moves and risks to see beyond the work to evaluate how you're processing it all.  But what if we could time travel?

Imagine if we could hop in a Delorean and travel back to five years ago, what important lessons or insights would we share with ourselves?  Listen in as we share our top six things we wish that we knew five years ago.

Ready for some help with your idea or business? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Aug 09 2019

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Is it time to take your business to the next level?

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Growth is something we all long for and yet at times it seems to elude us.  Growth in business can be focused on so many different things: sales, profit, influence, brand alignment.  Regardless of how we measure growth we have to acknowledge the gap where frustration lives.  This is gap exists between where we are and where we want to be.

When we find ourselves in this space it's important to assess the cause.  Is it a foundational issue or an idea or product issue?  The better we assess the root cause of the gap the greater insight we gather to find solutions.

The most important thing is to keep going, and not to settle for the current state.  So many businesses and individuals plateau and make their home in the gap....remember, you were never meant to live in the gap.  So don't give up, don't settle, take the time to assess and then do everything you can to level up.

Ready for some help? Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

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Aug 01 2019

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Macy Mcneely on Persusasion, Growth Mindset and Selling on Instagram

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There's so much to learn from this amazing conversation with Macy Mcneely.  At the heart of everything Macy does is persuasion.  To persuade is to move someone towards a course of action.  Macy has a natural gift to cast a vision and then actively gathers people around her to move towards this vision.  

In this podcast we talk about her movement "Good is cool" and the powerful way that it helps people make the best decisions.  We also talk about initial failure in sales which resulted in an amazing partnership with her dad called "Clearly Confident" a three day sales training held multiple times per year.

She also shares three tips for selling on Instagram.  

1. Tell others stories, a more subtle way to establish authority.

2. Be enthusiastic.  You must believe in what you're selling.

3.Learn proper communications skills.  Remember that everything is a personal connection.

Be sure to follow Macy on Instagram @macymcneely

Clearly Confident and Daily Deposit

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Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Jul 25 2019

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The New Approach to Instagram

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Winning at Instagram isn't about numbers, it's about engagement.  Enough with obsessing over the daily gain and loss of followers, enough with the gimmicks and hype, it's time to change the conversation.

Connections over following, this is where the magic is.  Winning at Instagram is actually quite simple and old-school.  It's about making connections.  Whether you have an audience of 100 or 100,000 connect with your audience.  

There are three ways to win at Instagram:

1. Facilitate online conversations.  You have tools such as comments, likes and direct messages....use them.

2. Take the online...offline.  Business is still human, so make the connections human.  Grab a coffee, beer or even gather a handful from the IG in real time.

3. Give, give, give.  Use your connections and influence to help others succeed.  Make the introductions and watch as this human ecosystem begins to take shape.

Ready to build your Instagram Strategy Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

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Jul 18 2019

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The Rise of the New Influencer

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Word of mouth has always been the preferred way of doing business. The struggle has always been the absence of a way to scale word of mouth.  Nano and micro influencers are the answer because they literally personify word of mouth marketing.

Social media is more than a variety of apps aimed at entertaining us.  Social media has created an influencer marketing space worth over $10 billion dollars.  This landscape has mostly been dominated by the mega influencers, but the tide is changing. Not only are the mega influencers seeing engagements rate decrease they're seeing trust decrease.  People want more than a spokesperson.  They want a human connection.

We're seeing the rise of the new influencer both the micro (5-25k followers) and the nano (1-5k followers.)  This group is amazing because they more abundant, easier to connect with and most importantly they still have connections to their followers.

Regardless of the size of your business or the marketing budget you have it's vital to have a way to connect with nano and micro influencers.

Here's what I'm doing:

1.  Connecting with nano/micro influencers in my local cities.

2.  Setting up personal connects.  Literally seeing the digital realized in real life.

3.  Creating connections between this group in real life gatherings.

Are you ready for the new influencer?  How will you connect with them?

Ready to connect with the new influencers?  Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Jul 11 2019

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The heart of selling: The Customer Experience

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At the heart of selling is the customer experience.  An ad may capture your attention, content may create interest but the customer experience is where the magic happens.  This is the space where win or lose, this is the epicenter of the entire process.

How do we create an engaging customer experience? We have to think of every detail of the process from the customer's perspective. Here are a few questions to ask:

1. What is my brand's digital/physical curb appeal? 2. What does my website/store/point of sale look, smell, sound and feel like? 3. How do I make the experience as human as possible? 4. How easy is it to find what they want? 5. How easy is it to purchase/buy/donate/exchange? 6. How do I care for people post-sale?

These guys are doing it well

Hioscar.com

Amazon.com

Apple

Trader Joes

Dollar Shave Club

Ready to create the customer experience?   Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Ready to earn your customer's trust?   Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

Don't do it alone!  Join the community!

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Jun 27 2019

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Earning Trust: It's All about the Experience

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It's not enough to grab people's attention, a lot of brands do that.  Trust is the currency of business, and earning it is vital to the customer journey.  Customers care less about perception and more about experience.  Every day well "branded" companies go out of business while "hole in the wall" places flourish....what's the difference?  Consistency of experience.  

Customers engage brands that they trust and this trust is earned when THEIR understanding of the brand matches THEIR experience.  In the old world the brand proclaimed the greatness and established the trust.  In this new world the customer proclaims the greatness and socializes the experience.  

Money is always preceded by trust.  When brands earn our trust, they earn our money.  When they lose our trust, they lose our money.  The key to trust is consistency in every part of the experience.  Brands earn our trust when they create a consistent experience from start to finish.

Three brands that consistently earn our trust:

1. Apple: Helps people be inspired, confident and feel better about themselves.

2. Target: Combines creativity, low prices and unique design offerings in spaces that feel warm and human.

3. Lush: Believes that beauty can be human, happy and naturally indulgent.

Ready to earn your customer's trust?   Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Jun 20 2019

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Glasses, brows and shirts: how great brands are getting our attention

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Regardless of size, we all face the same battle...the one for attention.  Whether you're a brand of one or a brand of many attention is the first step in nudging customers on their journey.  No matter what you make, if they don't know you exist they can't buy from you.

You probably feel the pain on a daily basis: you design the site, you publish the video, you open the store and the silence is deafening.  There are great brands like Glossier, Everlane and Warby Parker that have captured our attention and turned us into fans.  How did they do it?  Here are the four things these brands have in common:

1. They know and understand their audience 2. They're defined the problem(s) their customers have 3. They know how they uniquely solve the problem 4. They actively communicate in unique and consistent ways

Ready to get your customer's attention?   Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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Jun 13 2019

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Creating content for the customer journey

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The Customer Journey is at the heart of an effective marketing strategy.  Whether you're a company of one or one thousand your chances of success greatly improve when you understand the customer journey.  Once you have this journey mapped out then it's time to overlay content.

The goal of the content is to move people through the four steps of the customer journey: awareness, reputation, exchange and advocacy.

Here are the key steps to developing this content strategy:

1.  Identify your customers.  Who are the key 2-3 people who will ultimately make an exchange with you?

2. Define their problem.  You're selling more than a product, you're selling a solution.  Dig into your customers worldview to discover their key problem.

3. Create content/strategy for each step of the journey.  

  • Where do you communicate?
  • What do you communicate?
  • How do you communicate?

Download the Customer Journey Worksheet here!

Ready to create content for the customer journey?   Let's Talk!

Welcome to the Onward Creatives podcast. A weekly podcast bridging the gap between creativity and business.

This podcast is for the creative entrepreneur, the one's who dare, dream and do.

Each week I help you find clarity and take action so you can make a living doing what you love. The journey onward starts here.

 Join us for Monday Night Live on FB and IG Live 8:30 pm EST.

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May 17 2019

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