Archive for August, 2013

What really matters

August 29, 2013

I saw this post from Bob Beaudine recently about the importance of relationships in life…..

Bob Beaudine
“Are You in it for the Deal or the Relationship?” People can tell! Top relationship people understand the principle of sowing/reaping. If you sow genuine care/attentive service/true friendship-you’ll reap a bountiful harvest! Start today investing in and nourishing your WHO Network. “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care!”

…..and he is right. In the end, it is ALL about relationships….business, personal and family.

I know from my own experience that it is easy to get wrapped up in the details of business – products, services, reports, etc. – and we forget the people side of the equation. Don’t think I am ignoring the importance of brands and branding – the consumer is part of this discussion too. Just remember, in the end, it is all about relationships. It is what really great leaders do well!

Go Pirates

August 13, 2013

In our business, we root for the upstarts….brands that shake up the industry….that make the ‘old world players’ pay attention. We call these brands ‘the new rule makers’…..they change the status quo. Along that line, for the past 2 years I have told you to watch out for the Pittsburgh Pirates….they have turned it around and have been a winning team after years of losing. They have fallen short the last two years. Well, they are at it again this year with the second best record in baseball as of today. Maybe this is the year that they can break through.

The message is that nothing is forever…the world is turning upside down constantly. There is nothing to stop a good idea from being successful. If you have an idea or a dream….get going on it now. It won’t be easy, the road is long, but, it won’t happen unless you try!

New Team Members

August 13, 2013

We are pleased to announce 2 new members to our Smash! Brands team – John Olds and Dave Siebold. Both will be deeply involved with our Bolthouse Farms commercialization project. They will be helping us create traction for Shakedowns. Welcome aboard!

Business Valuations

August 6, 2013

I just saw this announcement earlier today.  Post Cereal has purchased Premier Protein for $180 million.  Besides the Premier Protein brand, the company also owned Joint Juice.  The story estimates sales at around $140 million (I think)  At just over 1x revenues, it makes me wonder if business valuations are dropping.  Now, a lot goes into determining values – both on the balance sheet as well as market perceptions, competitive needs, etc.  It is something to think about.

Celsius is on a roll

August 1, 2013

Celsius just published their 2nd quarter results and they continue their momentum. They have a brand that is connecting with consumers and a laser-focused commercialization strategy