For those of you who have been with us for years, or are curious about a woman starting a business 30 years ago, we invite you to read on to learn a little bit about our history.
I was newly divorced. I’d had an illustrious career as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the largest accounting firm in the world, Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co., before leaving to marry H2 (my second husband) and to have a child, the fabulous Sarah, about whom I’m not allowed to write. Seven short years later I was divorced again, and I thought I would be able to get back into corporate America, back into the
C-Suite where I’d left off.
Silly me. I realized immediately that, as a newly single mother of a seven year old, I couldn’t do the eighteen hour days and have a child. My friend, Bernice Kanner, who had a marketing column in New York Magazine, had told me that between a husband, children, and a career, you can have two of those three things, but not all three at the same time. What she didn’t tell me is that with certain careers, like those in corporate America, you can really only have the one. The demands of the job just don’t work when you have small humans in your charge; the flexibility we needed just wasn’t an option back then. If you haven’t watched the 1987 movie Baby Boom, with Diane Keaton, do yourself a favor and watch the scene where she leaves the baby at the coat check because the sitter didn’t work out. The struggle was real, people.
So, I felt my only option was to start a company that would give me the flexibility I needed. At the time I was already on the internet, on CompuServe, as a forum manager on women’s issues. I knew that it was all going to explode—that email was the new phone call, and that every company was going to be on there eventually, although I didn’t realize to what extent.
I’ve always been more of a jet skier-type, racing around from this to that, rather than the Titanic, slow-and-steady kind of person, so it made sense to me to start a marketing consultancy and take advantage of the internet boom, growing and changing along with it. I wanted to specialize in this new frontier, where competition didn’t really exist yet. Thus, Blue Shoe Strategy was born. When someone at a dinner party asked me why I named it Blue Shoe Strategy, I told them it was because shoes and marketing have nothing to do with each other, so you won’t forget the name. It will stay with you. Two years later, Amazon was launched—another company with a name that has nothing to do with the actual business. So there we were: Amazon and Blue Shoe. I think it worked for both of us.
Christine Merser & all of us at Blue2
Five years ago, we streamlined our team and moved to a model where we bring in talented individuals for specific projects we're working on.
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All Things Design
The thing I love about graphic design is that you can take something like a boring Word document and turn it into an engaging book
Creative Content of All Kinds
I’m passionate about grabbing new opportunities everyday in virtual world of business.
Content Creator Extraordinaire
Give me a fabulous meme quote, and I'm all over it!
Manages Blue2 Projects & Life
Keep the focus on the goal line and I'm all in. Let's get this content loaded!
Equestrian, Travel Enthusiast, Avid Reader & Podcast Listener
Web designer extraordinaire
I have a passion for web design! I love creating visually appealing websites that are both functional and user-friendly.
TikTok Content Creator
I love riding horses, social media, and staying busy all the time! Creating TikTok content for Blue2's equine clients allows me to combine my passions.
Meet a Few of the Blue2 Interns
Summer '22 & '23 Intern,
Blue2 Media Intern
A student of communication with an interest in marketing, research and content, especially using humor to drive home a point.
Summer 2022 Intern,
Social Media Associate
A student with an interest in the film industry and its' history. I enjoy discovering new ways to market and advertise, especially using social media.
Summer 2022 Intern,
Blue2 Publishing Associate
A student majoring in Advertising with a minor in Public Speaking and continuing my journey of exploring new ways to use my creative thinking and teamwork skills.
Fall 2022 Intern
A life long equestrian with a passion for marketing interested in finding creative ways to use social media and the opportunity that it gives to promote businesses and products to so many people.
"It's simple. Whatever we do, we do it with excellence." - Christine Merser, Creator