Ever see a new product in a store and say, wow, I wish I would have thought of that? What does it really take to create a great marketing campaign, or why do some companies just do things better than others? Sure, there are times when all the stars align to create an overnight sensation, but typically nothing takes the market by storm without research, planning, and professionals with a road map to making it all happen. So, let’s Brandstorm.

RECENT EPISODES

Episode 86: Training, Retaining & Attracting Talent to SE Wisconsin with Susan Koehn, VP, Industry & Talent Partnerships

A report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum indicates that more retirees and fewer young people could create a workforce dilemma for the state in the coming years. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce, or MMAC, has partnered with the Milwaukee 7 to help companies in the region attract, retain and train workers in jobs that offer growth potential. In this episode of Brandstorm, Susan Koehn, vice president of the Talent & Industry Partnership and point person for this initiative, tells us more about the workforce issues facing southeastern Wisconsin and what is being done to help businesses now and in the future.

read more…

Episode 85: A Corporate Gift Idea to Remember with Shahnoza Saadati

The holidays are just about here, so all of us at #Brandstorm thought it would be fun to talk about a sweet, corporate gift idea. This office gift could also be a clever way of saying, “I’m sorry,” when you really mess up. The name of the franchise is Woops! Its bakeshops and kiosks serve artisanal, French macarons, pastries and coffee all around the country. Milwaukee owner Shahnoza Saadati talks about this relatively new franchise and its delicate creations.

read more…

Episode 81: Fuel Your Business Using Testimonials with Michael Gass

Our guest says if you aren’t using testimonials, you’re missing out on a simple, but great tool for new business. Michael Gass is the founder of Fuel Lines Business Development, a firm which provides business development resources, training and consulting services to businesses like Platypus Advertising + Design. His blog, “Fuel Lines” has been rated among the top 100 marketing blogs in the world, according to Ad Age’s Power 150, and he is considered one of our country’s foremost authorities on social media.

read more…

Episode 80: Finding the Right Exhibit House with the Booth Mom

Candy Adams, aka the Booth Mom, was on our show earlier this year to talk about best practices for putting on a profitable trade show. On this episode, she is back to talk about exhibit houses and what they need from you, the exhibitor, to create and build your display the way you want it and within budget.

read more…

Episode 79: What the Secret Sauce to Chick-fil-A’s Success?

You may already know that Chick-fil-A is the third largest fast-food restaurant chain in the U. S. and that it ranks #1 in customer satisfaction. But did you know this year, the fast-food restaurant chain entered the ranks of the country’s most respected and revered companies at #51, ahead of Amazon at #54?  This according to the Reputation Institute, a reputation measurement and management services firm. Kyle Bartz is one of the newest owners of a local Chick fil-A in Pewaukee, Wis. He joins #Brandstorm to talk about this great brand story.

read more…

Episode 78: Tourism Destinations Use Podcasting for Rich, Digital Content

Today’s guests today have been podcasting with Platypus for nearly two years. Mary Motiff is the Director of Tourism for Bayfield County, which is located in Northern Wisconsin along the southern shore of Lake Superior, and Pam King is the executive director of the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce, located just 20 miles north of Milwaukee. Both destination marketers have been using podcasting to share digital content about the goings-on in their communities.

read more…

Episode 77: Uncovering, Expressing & Amplifying Your Brand’s Personality Traits with Prentice Howe


How can you get noticed when your brand is in a crowded space and you are just a small fish in a really big pond? Our guest today says you can play that to your advantage. Prentice Howe is the owner and CEO of Door Number 3, an Austin ad agency and author of the Empowered Challenger Playbook, a book that looks at how brands can change the game, steal market share and topple giants.

read more…

RECENT EPISODES

Episode 86: Training, Retaining & Attracting Talent to SE Wisconsin with Susan Koehn, VP, Industry & Talent Partnerships

Episode 86: Training, Retaining & Attracting Talent to SE Wisconsin with Susan Koehn, VP, Industry & Talent Partnerships

A report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum indicates that more retirees and fewer young people could create a workforce dilemma for the state in the coming years. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce, or MMAC, has partnered with the Milwaukee 7 to help companies in the region attract, retain and train workers in jobs that offer growth potential. In this episode of Brandstorm, Susan Koehn, vice president of the Talent & Industry Partnership and point person for this initiative, tells us more about the workforce issues facing southeastern Wisconsin and what is being done to help businesses now and in the future.

read more…

Episode 85: A Corporate Gift Idea to Remember with Shahnoza Saadati

Episode 85: A Corporate Gift Idea to Remember with Shahnoza Saadati

The holidays are just about here, so all of us at #Brandstorm thought it would be fun to talk about a sweet, corporate gift idea. This office gift could also be a clever way of saying, “I’m sorry,” when you really mess up. The name of the franchise is Woops! Its bakeshops and kiosks serve artisanal, French macarons, pastries and coffee all around the country. Milwaukee owner Shahnoza Saadati talks about this relatively new franchise and its delicate creations.

read more…

Episode 81: Fuel Your Business Using Testimonials with Michael Gass

Episode 81: Fuel Your Business Using Testimonials with Michael Gass

Our guest says if you aren’t using testimonials, you’re missing out on a simple, but great tool for new business. Michael Gass is the founder of Fuel Lines Business Development, a firm which provides business development resources, training and consulting services to businesses like Platypus Advertising + Design. His blog, “Fuel Lines” has been rated among the top 100 marketing blogs in the world, according to Ad Age’s Power 150, and he is considered one of our country’s foremost authorities on social media.

read more…

Episode 80: Finding the Right Exhibit House with the Booth Mom

Episode 80: Finding the Right Exhibit House with the Booth Mom

Candy Adams, aka the Booth Mom, was on our show earlier this year to talk about best practices for putting on a profitable trade show. On this episode, she is back to talk about exhibit houses and what they need from you, the exhibitor, to create and build your display the way you want it and within budget.

read more…

Episode 79: What the Secret Sauce to Chick-fil-A’s Success?

Episode 79: What the Secret Sauce to Chick-fil-A’s Success?

You may already know that Chick-fil-A is the third largest fast-food restaurant chain in the U. S. and that it ranks #1 in customer satisfaction. But did you know this year, the fast-food restaurant chain entered the ranks of the country’s most respected and revered companies at #51, ahead of Amazon at #54?  This according to the Reputation Institute, a reputation measurement and management services firm. Kyle Bartz is one of the newest owners of a local Chick fil-A in Pewaukee, Wis. He joins #Brandstorm to talk about this great brand story.

read more…

Episode 78: Tourism Destinations Use Podcasting for Rich, Digital Content

Episode 78: Tourism Destinations Use Podcasting for Rich, Digital Content

Today’s guests today have been podcasting with Platypus for nearly two years. Mary Motiff is the Director of Tourism for Bayfield County, which is located in Northern Wisconsin along the southern shore of Lake Superior, and Pam King is the executive director of the Grafton Area Chamber of Commerce, located just 20 miles north of Milwaukee. Both destination marketers have been using podcasting to share digital content about the goings-on in their communities.

read more…

Episode 77: Uncovering, Expressing & Amplifying Your Brand’s Personality Traits with Prentice Howe

Episode 77: Uncovering, Expressing & Amplifying Your Brand’s Personality Traits with Prentice Howe


How can you get noticed when your brand is in a crowded space and you are just a small fish in a really big pond? Our guest today says you can play that to your advantage. Prentice Howe is the owner and CEO of Door Number 3, an Austin ad agency and author of the Empowered Challenger Playbook, a book that looks at how brands can change the game, steal market share and topple giants.

read more…