Unbranded, a pop-up retail and event concept, returns to Downtown Dallas for 2017

Love this SO much!

Downtown Dallas, Inc.'s Blog

Dallas, Texas — October 25, 2017 — For the fourth year in a row, Unbranded, an innovative pop-up retail and event concept, has announced it will return for 2017 in Downtown Dallas. Downtown Dallas, Inc. (DDI), long-time partners of the project, will be taking over ownership and operations of Unbranded, while its co-founders, Matt Alexander and Bryan DeLuca, will remain closely involved in an advisory and editorial capacity. As in years past, Unbranded will provide free retail and event space to a curated group of entrepreneurs, designers, photographers, artists, chefs, and more.

“We’re excited to be taking on full responsibility for Unbranded this year,” said Shalissa Perry, CMO of DDI. “It’s been a thrill to watch vendors graduate from Unbranded participants to full-scale retailers in Dallas and beyond. Now, as part of our retail recruitment strategy, we’re excited to explore the development of a longer-term retail incubator, encouraging concepts of…

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About “Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters”

29 Tiny Mistakes That Changed The World Forever!

Source: About “Tiny Blunders/Big Disasters”

Building awareness with Intstagram

At one of our Think Tank Scociety meetings, we planned to talk generally about Social Media. Tiffany Bollinger who led our discussion, was so excited about Instagram, we stayed on that topic instead. Tiffany who does social media for various companies feels its the social media duJour for almost any type of company.

Here is how to make it work for you:

1. Hash tag to reach your audience. Learn more about hashtags here.  Hashtags can be used to complement photos shared on Instagram and help you discover new accounts and pick up followers. Some hashtags were created specifically for Instagram photo challenges — #ThrowbackThursday, for example, encourages users to post retro photos.”

2. Content is everything. Make your photos great looking.

3. Follow companies who do their social media via Instagram very well. #Mudsmith, a local Dallas Coffee Shop was named by the Dallas Observer as one of the best users of Instagram for Business. One of Tiffany's Clients, has been amazed of the awareness she has created for them over a very short period of time using theses basic guidelines.

If you need help with your social media campaigns, you can contact Tiffany Bollinger at tiffanybollinger@att.net

Let’s support Small Business Saturday

Here are a few of my favorites for small and local.

#shopsmall, #smallbizsat, #smallbusinesssaturday, #shoplocal #smallbiz, #smallbusiness

The Think Tank Society supports and encourages small business leaders through education and connections support. We cheer each other on and tell others about our friends businesses.

With Small Business Saturday ahead of us, I thought it would be fun to list our friends and members businesses! Please consider buying your gifts from our friends!


Freckled Chicken


Simply Livly


Amy Catherine Designs


Hunky Dory


Loops by Keri


Music and Collegiate licensed accessories:

Whispering Angel


For the Home:

LV Cr8


Red’s Gone Green


Wellness/Self Care:

Tapping/Massage by Pauline


Essential Oils with Tiffany Bollinger


Creative Oasis with Jill Allison Bryan




Photo books and Notebooks:

May Designs





Local (Dallas) Retailers:

Ra Ra’s Closet


The Gypsy Wagon


The Toy Maven


What you should know about LinkedIn SEO —Tips from Terry Pope






Every time I organize a Think Tank Society meeting, the anticipation of the event makes me restless with excitement. This is for me, what Martha Beck refers to as a “hot track”. These events are my bliss!

How I came to meet Terry Pope is a fun story. I was trying to find out what happened to FUN ED here in Dallas and I tracked down Terry to find out. Better than that, I found out that Terry is an expert in LinkedIn.  He had to lecture at Think Tank!

Terry Pope, we are are so grateful for your tips that you shared.

Here are a few standouts from our meeting.terry

1. More is More when it comes to your LinkedIn Profile. Forget the OLD “one page resume” rule.  Long is the new short, and redundancy of your keywords is a must.

2.  Pepper your whole profile with your key words over and over! (pick the keywords and key phrases that you think people would be using in a LinkedIn Advanced Search to find someone with your skill sets, experience, and level of employment, and use them as many times as possible, and in as many sections as possible – the new “FIRST” objective is to “get found”. It doesn’t matter how well your resume/profile is written if no one can find you)

3. Earned “hidden” points,  keywords, and being active in LinkedIn are the 3 main ingredients for your SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Do you want to be on page 1 of a LinkedIn search or page 40. People rarely go past page 3 of any search results. Earn points by completing, maximizing your profile with as much info as possible, and engage regularly.

4. Get a great picture of yourself and add it to your profile. (Points are earned for having a photo) Target and JCPenney offer Business Profile photos and you can get a great photo for as little as49.00– but the best part is: YOU LEGALLY OWN THE PHOTO! (Not the same if you get a family portrait – THEY own the photo.)

To reach Terry Pope for your own LinkedIn training for your organization:

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/terrypopedfw

Phone: 972-768-8786

Email: terry@socialprofilemasters.com


Outline for next meeting

Outline for next meeting

Outline by Terry Pope

A surprise guest speaker got me thinking…

By Anna Brindley
Last week I had the privilege of sitting in on an impromptu guest speaking engagement at a fashion college in Dallas where I teach. Our guest speaker was Korto Momolu best known for her 2nd place prize on the fourth season of Project Runway. (but not for long, my girl has big plans!)

Her presentation had already begun when I arrived due to the fact that a student was late finishing up a test. For some reason, I felt this super sense of urgency to see her. Never mind that the first time I had ever even heard of her was about 12 hours before. In hindsight, I had somehow sensed she was special.

As she spoke, I was immediately drawn in by her physical beauty and how confidently she spoke. She was clearly someone who believed in herself.

She told us about her journey from Liberia to Canada and then to fashion school.  Stop there! That would have been interesting enough…but she went on to tell us about how she ended up on Project Runway.

She captured the essence of the folks who attend our Think Tank Society meetings in that she said we should all encourage each other to rise up and above. She believes that we all need to work together to help one another. Since that is the exact spirit we harness in our Think Tank Society, I couldn’t help wishing some of our members could be there and that she could regularly attend our great meetings.

Great sound bites are only a small piece of the Korto pie. She overflows with possibilities and is so very inspiring. Some of my favorites were (and I paraphrase) the following:
–your work (or your designs) should have a distinctive signature
—follow some basic rules but break some too
—smile at the dream killers
—keep enemies close
—believing in yourself (and your ideas) sells your products
—keep on a path of growth, keep growing
—be half rock and half sponge

When one of the students asked how one should find his or her way/calling/signature Korto recommended that this student spread all of his work out in front of him and look for the common thread. She said, if you look close enough at everything you create, you will see a common thread. It could become your path, your signature, your essence.

She believes that is what will make you stand apart. Your special “twist” or “mix” that makes it all you for others to love and admire —–in a very competitive world where “designers are born everyday.”

Korto Momolu is on an very winding path and she clearly keeps growing. Her energy alone was inspiring enough  and she wants to take everyone on her journey with her. What a generous spirit she is and I am so grateful I got to experience her—her signature, her essence, her vibe!