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4 Tips to Innovate and Grow – BIG

4 Tips to Innovate and Grow – BIG

“You’re three times more likely to make an NFL roster than to go from zero to a billion in value,” Chris Elmore, AvidXchange & startup evangelist, noted at Dog Eat Hog: Unleashed, the first virtual event in CLM’s speaker series from challenger brands who crush it. “And about 50% of these zero-to-a-billions are located in Silicon Valley.” Statistical anomalies like AvidXchange—based out of Charlotte, NC, and now with offices in seven cities—define a challenger brand. Being a challenger brand isn’t just about standing out among market leaders and niche boutiques. …READ MORE

CLM | Nov 18, 2020


5 Tips to Be a Status Quo-Busting Solutioneer

5 Tips to Be a Status Quo-Busting Solutioneer

On June 17th, Dog Eat Hog touched down at the “first of its kind” Autovol pre-fab building factory in Nampa to hear tips on how to crush it from the visionary CEO and cofounder, Rick Murdock. Rick gave us a field guide to being a game-changing solutioneer—as seen through the lens of his work in affordable housing. Affordable housing is a pressing issue nationwide. Over 33% of Americans say the lack of affordable housing prevents them from living near their jobs. As Rick says, “We can no longer see housing …READ MORE

CLM | Jul 2, 2020


Putting “Authentic” Branding to the Test

Putting “Authentic” Branding to the Test

Disingenuous advertising is easy to spot. It rings false. It falls flat. Especially lately, it makes you roll your eyes and complain to your couch-mate about companies trying to make bank off of a worldwide pandemic. Authentic advertising is about action, but it’s not reactionary. It’s not usually packaged in an over-produced 30-second TV spot put together in the wake of a crisis. It’s about having a real point of view, year after year, and living it out loud. Case in point: Flying Pie Pizzaria. Through humor, out-of-the-box ideas, and …READ MORE

Max White | Jun 5, 2020


Real-World Insight: 19 Disruptive Trends From COVID-19

Real-World Insight: 19 Disruptive Trends From COVID-19

I spent the first week of March in New York City at Adweek’s Challenger Brands summit, held right across the street from the World Trade Center. Before I left, my wife encouraged me not to go. The novel coronavirus had landed in the US by then, and the news was growing more alarming. But there were very few cases in New York at the time, and still a lot of misconceptions about its severity and how it spread, so I went. As I watched commuters exit the Cortlandt Station at …READ MORE

Brad Surkamer | May 7, 2020


March Madness: Media Trends During the Pandemic

March Madness: Media Trends During the Pandemic

The pandemic is sparking significant change in more ways than one. At CLM, we’ve been closely monitoring trends in the media landscape, and what they mean for our clients. Viewership and activity across mediums—from network TV to streaming to social media—spiked significantly in March. In our currently self-isolated world, this demonstrates the human need to both escape into entertainment and connect to our greater world. Broadcast television, often thought of as a dinosaur on its way out, experienced a significant boost in ratings in recent weeks. It’s notable that this …READ MORE

CLM | Apr 15, 2020


5 Tips on How to Power Up People with Gravity

5 Tips on How to Power Up People with Gravity

People. They make up the beating heart and lifeblood of any business. Their drive to stay productive, motivated, and inspired turns into bottom lines and future ROIs in big, almost indefinable ways. When Bobby Powers—the Head of Learning & Development and People Analytics at the legendary Gravity Payments—stepped into the Dog Eat Hog spotlight on February 20th, he unleashed his playbook. He noted that if you’re a challenger, you can’t win on money. You can’t win on economies of scale. You can’t win on resources. You must win with people. …READ MORE

CLM | Feb 26, 2020