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Network Security is Key: What Heartbleed Taught Businesses

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The discovery of Heartbleed, an open-source OpenSSL bug that exploited missing code allowing for the exposure of data and server’s private master key, was a turning point for network security. Although detected quickly, it still was a security breach of epic proportions, and some have called it one of the worst vulnerability issues since commercial traffic began to flow on the Internet.

In the Future, Your Marketing Materials Read You

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Science fiction gives us a glimpse into the future, like the sci-fi thriller Minority Report, set in 2054, that demonstrated an interesting concept: the ability to market based on facial (or, in the case of the film, retinal) recognition. We’ve already seen companies try to harness this sort of technology to put clients’ messages directly in front of their prospective customers.

But one company is taking it a step further – not only recognizing the customer, but also reading the emotions that the messaging produced – and you don’t even have to wait for 2054.

How Purpose Changed Our Company for the Better


Savage has always been a forward-looking company – whether we were leading the way in testing technology to enhance the skills of our designers or designing websites before most firms knew what a URL was – so when we began to hear whispers about the impact of corporate purpose, we knew we wanted to be early adopters.

In my last blog, I talked about why and how we implemented purpose at Savage. In this one, I want to talk about some of the things that purpose changed for us.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Purposeful


It all started with a powerful idea – the notion that doing business purely based on time or price is not the best way to build brand loyalty. The team at Savage realized that when companies value themselves based solely on what they do – selling things or hours – they are leaving out the most powerful part of the equation: purpose.

Ask the Expert: What Does Committing to Purpose Look Like?


What does it mean for a business leader to be truly committed to purpose – and to lead a company that brings its purpose to life every day? We asked Savage President Bethany Haley: What does it look like when a CEO believes in purpose and walks the talk?

Blast Through a Creative Block: Just Do It

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Folks who work in creative roles are all too familiar with the idea of creative block, but you don’t have to be in a traditionally creative role to experience a lack of creativity just when you need it most. By any name – writer’s block, designer’s doldrums, accounting apathy, marketing malaise, programmer’s procrastination – the frustrating lack of inspiration is just as hard.

Living Out Corporate Values: Chipotle


We have an ongoing commitment to highlighting companies that are doing business purposefully – like Chipotle.

Since its spin-off from McDonalds in 2006, Chipotle has impressed Wall Street with its explosive growth, consistently beating earnings predictions and expanding with more than 1500 locations in 2013.

3 Ways to Give Your Company an “Attitude Adjustment”

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Recently, a Texas restaurant shut its doors temporarily, noting on its sign that it was “closed for an attitude adjustment.” When we hear the phrase “attitude adjustment,” we often think of a parent correcting a child who’s not acting the way he should – and that’s just what this restaurant owner was doing with his business. After noting that his workers’ customer service was not meeting the standards he expected, he announced the restaurant would close for a time of reflection, training and staffing changes.

Employees Are the Most Important Stakeholder: The Container Store


As part of our mission to push companies to be more purposeful and less concerned with the bottom line, we’re recognizing the companies that are doing it right – like The Container Store.

The Container Store firmly believes that all of its stakeholders – employees, customers, vendors, the community and shareholders – its employees are No. 1. The company focuses on taking care of its employees first because its leaders understand that employees who are taken care of take better care of customers, and ultimately the shareholders experience greater benefit from this approach.

Corporate Purpose is No Longer Optional


Forbes magazine recently published an article that confirmed what we at Savage preach to our clients: “People don’t come to work every day for just a paycheck, and customers aren’t indiscriminate shoppers anymore. They both want purpose, they want to believe, and they want to feel like they’re part of something large than themselves.”

Purpose – it’s our favorite word at Savage.

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Savage Brands is an agency that mobilizes minds, drives performance and creates results. We work with companies experiencing transition, growth and transformation by employing Savage Thinking® to uncover and articulate their purpose.

Through strategy, planning and design communications, we help leaders build purposeful brands that increase employee engagement and customer loyalty, enabling leaders to achieve their most ambitious visions.

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