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From positioning to graphic design, copy writing to consumer behavior, we’re here to help a business owner get unstuck through the lens of brand strategy. Co-hosts Amy Swift Crosby and Hilary Laffer bring decades of experience to their work as a copy writer (Amy) and agency principal (Hilary).

But instead of months-long engagements with clients and brands, these are real-time, unscripted workshopping sessions. Each short conversation is designed to unpack, redirect, and get clarity about what to do…right now

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Tara Riceberg

Ep. 15 | 5/19/21

Two Brands, One Challenge

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