Creative Strategies to Get Customers and Grow Your Brand

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Melanie Spring is the Chief Inspiration Officer of Sisarina, a Washington DC-based brand strategy agency with purpose. Melanie had the entrepreneurial blood in her since she was a kid. She started out in the web-design and marketing business, and found her true passion in helping companies grow their brands and build their communities. In this episode, Melanie shared how she made Sisarina stand out from the crowd with authentic human interactions and relationship building. She also talked about some really creative strategies to attract customers and simple actions you can take immediately to refine and grow your brand.

“Your brand should reflect who you are fundamentally.”

– Melanie Spring





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How to Leverage Your Brand’s Story in Marketing

How to Leverage Your Brand's Story in Marketing
Ann Yang and Phil Wong are the co-founders of MISFIT Juicery, a business with the social mission to reduce food waste by turning misshaped fruits and veggies into nutritious cold-pressed juices.

Ann and Phil started Misfit while they were college students at Georgetown University. They’ve quickly developed a network of distributors and partners over the past couple years and are now selling at dozens of retail locations in both DC and New York. In today’s interview, Ann and Phil shared how they created and scaled the business over a short period of time, their branding and marketing strategies, and offered lots of useful advices for new entrepreneurs.

“A lot of entrepreneurs go too far into building the business without validating their product with customers.”

– Phil Wong



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Creating A Premium Retail Brand with Barth and Mary deRosa


At Founders Nextdoor, we believe that entrepreneurship is hard work, day in and day out. We believe the most amazing entrepreneurs are ordinary people living in every community. And those people, your neighbors, are the people you can learn the most from regarding how to run your business. Because just like you, they have mortgages to pay and families to feed, yet they manage to create amazing businesses that make the world a better place.

Today on the show, I’m interviewing two such founders. Barth and Mary deRosa, the husband-and-wife team who’re the owners of Secolari. Secolari is a retail chain of gourmet olive oil and vinegar that has four stores in Maryland and DC. Now if this is the first time you hear about them, you’re probably like…”Olive oil? Seriously? That’s basically a commodity, right? How can anybody make money selling olive oil?” At least that was my first reaction. But I’m telling you, this business is no joke. Barth and Mary started it in 2011 and since then, business has been booming. And if you look them up on the internet, you’ll also see that they are truly loved by very passionate customers. So what’s their secret for making a successful business in a product category that seems to be highly competitive and offers little differentiation? You’ll find out in this interview.

“Follow your passion. If you have a passion for something, no matter whether you’re older or younger, go for it.”

– Barth deRosa


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