Author Archives: Laurie Scullin

About Laurie Scullin

Laurie Scullin is a marketing consultant helping get new ideas to the consumer marketplace. For more information, contact him at lscullin@gmail.com or 352-495-3375.

Starbucks (aka Fivebucks) & Vera Wang

    Question - What do Vera Wang, Starbucks and bedding plants all have in common? Answer–They are all used in decorating decisions by our customers. Some of you faithful readers of this column will likely be able to connect Vera Wang to a geranium, but the coffee giant Starbucks may be a leap. Let me

It’s Not The Product, Stupid

To anyone who has been in Texas during November, you may have had the fortune to visit Brenham, a cute, small city/big town sort of between Houston and Austin. And if you were really lucky, you had a chance to visit the amazing celebration held every fall at Ellison’s Greenhouses. The staff at Ellison’s turns

Stepping Up From Generic

These furniture dudes had a few ideas about how to buck the low-margin trend. Rather than just watch low-price imports from Asia mess up the market, they felt there is a large and profitable place in the U.S. furniture market for such wacky ideas as brands, value-added design, products that tell a story, etc., all

Donkeys & Elephants

What? Can’t hear you. Let me turn the radio down. Oh, you want me to write a column? Can’t – too busy listening to the radio, watching CNN, reading three or four newspapers a day. Can’t stop now to write. Okay, I will turn down the radio. Well, I would love to stop and visit