2012, according to the Chinese calendar, is the Year of the Dragon.  In Chinese tradition, each year is dedicated to a specific animal and predictions for 2012 are for a dragon-like year of excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration, and intensity. With this expectation in mind, I’ve selected several brands to keep my eye on.  They’re likely to […]

DLYohn America’s Next Great Restaurant 05.01.11 Finale Recap from Denise Lee Yohn on Vimeo. For important takeaways for aspiring restaurateurs and other entrepreneurs, check out the full series of my show recaps: engage your employees with your brand — episode 8 deciding what NOT to do — episode 7 the customer isn’t always right — […]

DLYohn America’s Next Great Restaurant 04.24.11 Episode 8 Recap from Denise Lee Yohn on Vimeo. other insights from the show: targeting and focus are more important that size and mass appeal — episode 7 recap attention to detail can make or break a business — episode 6 recap the adage “the customer is always right” […]

DLYohn America’s Next Great Restaurant 04.17.11 Episode 7 Recap from Denise Lee Yohn on Vimeo. other recaps of america’s next great restaurant show: how attention to detail can make or break a business — episode 6 recap why the adage “the customer is always right” isn’t always right — episode 5 recap 3 keys to […]

This week’s challenge for contestants in NBC’s reality show America’s Next Great Restaurant was to develop a slogan for their restaurant concept.  Here are my thoughts on the ideas they developed and what makes a great brand slogan in general: DLYohn America’s Next Great Restaurant 03.20.11 Episode 3 Recap from Denise Lee Yohn on Vimeo. […]

NBC’s new reality show, America’s Next Great Restaurant, aired again last night — contestants had to pick a chef, design a logo, and feed 1,000 people as a “proof of concept.”   Here’s my recap and takeaways for all entrepreneurs: DLYohn America’s Next Great Restaurant 03.13.11 Episode 2 Recap from Denise Lee Yohn on Vimeo. […]