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The Ironclad Method™

Our signature methodology

The Ironclad Method™ is our signature and most popular offering. We created this method knowing that brands must be hard-working to drive growth. The Ironclad Method™ ensures that brand creation is deliberate, analytical, and customer-empathetic. Because your business’s growth is at stake, its brand positioning must be precise and rigorous. The result is a strategy that serves as your leadership's North Star for growing with intention, clarity and focus.

Now, we are focused on one direction.

This brand strategy crystallizes the thing that makes our business truly different, and that will capture the hearts of our customers. As a new start-up, we wanted to define this so that we can build a business according to that North Star out of the gate. Until we did this project, there were several directions we were driving. Now, we are focused on one, and it is the one that we can uniquely nail.

Kadima Shoes
Michele Boal
CEO and Founder
Kadima Shoes

Example Case Study


Evolving Business Defines Brand with Precision


This thriving business had a new focus, having shifted business models and brought on a new veteran CMO in the past year. The vision and fundamentals were strong and ambitious, yet the business had not yet put a stake in the ground on what the brand would stand for, and what the business would uniquely own and celebrate.


Through the Foundational Plus Method, we took the business’s existing point-of-view, isolated the element that was differentiated to Cornerstone, and codified a brand strategy that would work hard to grow the business in a focused, inspiring way. We began by gathering insights the company had already gathered about the customer, and then zeroed in on several directions we could sharpen. Over the course of two half-day work sessions, the team used Ironclad’s initial point of view as a starting point, and defined with precision the brand positioning Cornerstone could claim for its own.

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