A Good Red is Hard to Find

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If you were expecting advice on locating a good cab or pinot noir, that’s not what this article is about (although we wouldn’t blame one for thinking that—at Crux we do love our red wine!). No, this is the story of why color consistency is so important to your brand, and how Crux found its signature red color.

Imagine showing up to a meeting with a few of your colleagues, and when you hand out your business cards the first thing the prospect does is place them side by side and comment on how the colors don’t match. Read More

Are you and your customers singing the same song?

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Music lessons to improve your messaging

Pearl Jam to Rage Against the Machine, then to Enya and – wait – is that Harry Belafonte? The transition was jarring to say the least.

I was listening to a team-compiled Spotify playlist with everyone’s submitted “pump it up” songs—those go-to tracks when you require a boost of productivity, some creative spark, or just an aural version of screaming into your pillow.

I quickly discovered just how vast the divide is between the songs that rev me up and what scratches that itch for everyone else in the office.

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The power of the case study: How to “close the deal” with a strong third-party endorsement

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Kansas City has been my home for a long time, but I’ve been fortunate to have a career that’s taken me across the country, allowing me to plant roots from Florida to Arizona. I love traveling and trying new things, becoming a true “local” at every stop along the way.

But every move has its challenges, and one of the biggest was finding a new network of trusted resources.

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Staying afloat: How outsourced marketing can serve as your life preserver

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Nothing makes these sweltering summer days more bearable than an afternoon on the lake with the wind in your hair. Whether you’re tubing or cruising on a pontoon, no boating trip is complete without a few sturdy life preservers—the one item you hope to never need but are immensely grateful for in the event of an emergency.

Similar to a life preserver, business owners need systems and strategies in place to weather changing industry landscapes. Read More

The art of perseverance: How to set your business up for success

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He’s back.

After an 11-year dry spell, Tiger Woods clinched his 15th major tournament title – and fifth Masters – last weekend. The win puts an end to a tumultuous decade rife with personal scandal and physical ailments as he rose from the ashes with a TaylorMade 8-iron in-hand.

From Rudy’s victory to Michael Jordan’s NBA return, we all love a good comeback story. Woods’ story is one of dedication and grit, and it’s a great lesson to entrepreneurs looking to be successful in business: Never give up. Read More

Roadmap for success: Effective B2B marketing tactics to grow your business

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Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved long road trips.

From soaking up the backdrop of a scenic landscape to enthusiastically singing along to Aerosmith on the radio, some of my favorite memories involve a set of wheels.

Long before cell phones and GPS, no road trip was complete without that large paper map that folded into itself more times than a Rubik’s cube. This roadmap was both a puzzle and a lifeline, guiding us along the open road to our chosen destination.

Decades later, I’ve found a similar thrill as an entrepreneur behind the wheel of a small business, navigating through the twists and turns of the industry landscape guided by a strategic roadmap for success. Read More