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INTRODUCING: IMPEACH CANNABIS

By | Cannabis Advertising, Cannabis Branding, Cannabis Businesses, Cannabis Marketing | No Comments

An Alternative Way to Celebrate Trump’s Impeachment

When the majority of America and the world are celebrating Trump’s impeachment, many will be choosing champagne to do so. We feel cannabis smokers needed an option as well.

Who Will Bring Him Down: The Women, The Feds, or The Felons?

Root for your pick with your purchase! We’ll keep a tally of who is selling out the best on our website. All proceeds will go toward the next impeachment of president 46, Mike Pence!

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B2B Cannabis Branding Short Guide

By | Cannabis Branding

In its simplest terms, branding is having the courage to stand for something, ensuring, of course, that the target market both wants it and, preferably, is not currently getting it. This is the basis for a long-term relationship that the most successful brands understand connects on both a rational – “I want it because of what it does” – and emotional – “I want it because of how it makes me feel” – basis.

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In moving between the B2C and B2B product categories, I’m always struck by the B2B marketing contention that connecting with their consumers on an emotional basis is not only irrelevant, but virtually impossible. They invariably tell me the basis for purchase is 100% rational as the products being purchased are simply widgets that fulfill some functional duty that it either does better or more cheaply. That’s wrong and an opportunity for these marketers’ competitors, and I want to explain why.

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PRESS RELEASE: Advanced Data Science Services for the Cannabis Industry

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Successful series of studies on the Cannabis Consumer results in pioneering strategic partnership to deliver Fortune-500-caliber market insights.

SEATTLE, WA March 20, 2018 – Seattle-based Canna Ventures and Cascade Strategies, Inc., have formalized a partnership to deliver advanced data science, sophisticated analytics and market research services to the emerging cannabis industry.

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Content Marketing Guide for Cannabis Businesses

By | Cannabis Advertising, Cannabis Businesses, Cannabis Marketing, Cannabis Websites, Social Media for Cannabis Businesses

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Starting with the content strategy, it’s important to first define what your content needs and goals are. If you’re not sure what your content needs and goals are, we recommend conducting a thorough content audit. A content audit includes a reader intent and performance analysis of your current website, blog, and social media content. Once you define the intent of each piece of content on your website, blog and social media, you can then determine how successful each piece has been at achieving its desired goals.

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Finding the Right Agency for Your Cannabis Business

By | Cannabis Advertising, Cannabis Branding, Cannabis Businesses, Cannabis Marketing

Finding “the one” is hard, especially if you’ve never worked with an agency before. And hey, maybe working with an agency isn’t for you and your business. That’s okay. We just hope this blog post can help answer some of the more common questions that arise for cannabis businesses considering hiring an agency.

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Sexy vs. Sexist Cannabis Advertising

By | Cannabis Branding, Cannabis Market Research, Cannabis Marketing


Picture the scene… It is CannaCon, a respectable B2B cannabis industry tradeshow in Denver, Colorado. I am walking and talking with Morgan, at the time President of the MJBA, later Founder and CEO of the Cannabis Women’s Alliance. We were discussing what topics we should discuss on an upcoming panel about the role of women in the cannabis industry we were both participating in that afternoon. All of a sudden, we both stop in our tracks at the sight of a nearly naked, black leather thong and biker jacket clad woman appearing to sit on some heavy machinery.

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Cannabis Brand Opportunities with “California Idealists”

By | Cannabis Market Research, Recreational Cannabis


In two national surveys designed to uncover American attitudes toward cannabis, legalization and development of cannabis brands, we uncovered a unique subculture of Americans who strongly support legalizing recreational-use marijuana, but do not expect to purchase cannabis or engage with cannabis brands.

Except in California, home to a historically bolder and experimental population in which this demographic emerges as a strong potential cannabis consumer base.

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An Overview of the “Indies” Segment of Cannabis Consumers

By | Cannabis Market Research, Recreational Cannabis

During our market research on consumer motivations in cannabis  brand attribute preference, we have consistently seen four segments emerge among consumers, who we call “Traditionalists,” “Outsiders,” “Indies” and “Idealists.” Of these four, “Indies” and “Outsiders” are the most likely to patronize cannabis brands on a regular basis.

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Today we’re going to take a closer look at the Indies, who have increased by 15% since 2014. They currently make up about 26% of the population, and about 31% in California.

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The 2017 Cannabis Branding Consumer Study is Now Available!

By | Cannabis Branding, Cannabis Market Research

research report-coverNearly three years ago we launched our first study. Colorado had a legal Adult-Use market operational for less than 6 months. Our home state of Washington had barely begun legal sales. It seems like such a long time ago now but in the short period since then much has happened. The Green Rush is well underway and in our view the tipping point has been reached. Regardless of the current administration’s position, it is merely a matter of time before cannabis is legal federally. We’re not putting bets on a year but it is coming.

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Recreational Marijuana & Google: A Match Made in Hell

By | Cannabis Advertising, Cannabis Websites

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Google AdWords has proved an effective channel to acquire visitors and customers since its launch in October of 2000. Advertising drives the vast majority of Google’s $66 Billion in revenue. Having been involved at some level in the management of tens of millions in client media spend on AdWords over the years, I know the platform can work wonders. But what happens when the monopoly that is Google plays arbiter of civil liberties?

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