Category Archives: Retail

Let’s not mince words: The way business is being done is changing dramatically and some brands are struggling to keep up with the ever-changing landscape. According to the new Gartner CMO Spend Survey 2016-2017, “Large established brands must out-market startups. As scrappy disrupters threaten the hard-earned franchises, these more established companies are forced to compete […]

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This blog is part of our series of key emerging media and technology trends our team is watching. After attending TechweekKC at Union Station in Kansas City, my head was spinning with some big picture ideas. There was a lot of disruptive technology on display that will fundamentally change not only the way brands and […]

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We’ve been in the specialty brand business for nearly 30 years, and in that time we’ve seen an explosion in the number of choices available in the way these products are marketed to shoppers. This article will discuss the way it was (delicious cardboard displays), the way it is (kind of a hodgepodge of everything) and the way it will be (digital, digital, digital).

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Category enthusiasts are critical to specialty brands, and we have been studying them and why they’re so important for quite a while. Years in fact. This article will first explain what the category enthusiast is and then let you know why they are so important to specialty brands and specialty retailers.

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While all retailers aim to provide a consistent shopping experience, maintaining consistency between old stores and new stores can be a challenge and can have an impact on shopper marketing programs. On our most recent visits, we toured two stores from the same chain that were relatively close in proximity, but the differences in their shopping
experiences couldn’t have been greater.

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As a fan of specialty brands, I generally focus on buying products at retail locations that specialize in the category in which I am interested. I love that employees at specialty stores know more about what I’m interested in and can provide invaluable help in figuring out what to buy because they have experience with the product.

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Here at Callahan Creek, we’re always learning. One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as a strategic/account planner are the days when we take a few hours and debate, discuss and challenge each other on the issues our clients are facing. No pressure, no expectations – just a good old-fashioned intellectual exchange. I want to share a recent talk given by fellow Creeker Jennifer Blandi…

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