Dec 07, 2005
Over the years, I’ve heard the “unprofessional” sniping about myself and others - usually happens when somebody is having a really good time. And, Heavens forbid we should ever show personality (or admit human frailty) to our customers. Despite all the studies and reports documenting that it’s more effective and lucrative to show personality (and yes, have fun) many companies still do deadly dull, safe marketing speak and maintain the stiff shirt professional facade. This while they
Dec 06, 2005
(And, you may need more than one box - if you’ve got more than one target market…)
I met with a new client yesterday, doing one of my “Entrepreneur Sanity Checks” which got me to thinking once again (uh-oh!) about the challenges of new ventures.
Tom Peters believes not only should we think way outside the box, but we should burn the darned thing. And, I’m all for thinking creatively and taking gutsy leaps. However, I also believe you need to start with the box. Otherwise, you can
Dec 01, 2005
I’m pleased to announce I’ve joined the Corante Marketing Hub - a blogging syndicate with 20 marketer pros writing about and discussing all things marketing. As Corante explains:
The Corante Marketing Hub is your starting point for keeping abreast of the best writing and thinking on marketing across the blogosphere and beyond. Here you’ll find the field’s most insightful observers and commentators tracking and reporting on its latest developments as well as weighing in on its future.
Dec 01, 2005
I’ve written about The Gap before and the issues I’ve seen with their marketing (advertising) campaigns. I think Sara Jessica Parker is terrific and I admire Madonna (world-class marketer) but neither of them appearing in the Gap commercials inspire me to dash out and buy anything. Despite all the singing and dancing - the products are blah, generic stuff - and I know I can’t pull off running around in skin-tight jeans with a man’s tie for a belt anyway. Of course, I gave the company the
Nov 28, 2005
Seth Godin’s post on the inanity of the American consumer - as illustrated by the combo toaster/egg poacher/ham warmer - highlights the challenges not only of the holiday season but of marketing in general. How do we differentiate our products and/or services in a way that the customers will value (and buy more than once)? And, are we thinking “niche” when in reality heading toward a “dead-end?”
For example, does anybody really need any of the things sold in the Sharper Image
Nov 22, 2005
Yes, it’s possible to never have a bad hair day again (at least if you’re California)...We’ve got mobile windshield repair, dog groomers…why not hair dressers? Via Iconoculture: On-site hair cuts.
Hmmm…so what could you bring to your customers that would: a. make their lives easier; b. create/increase their loyalty to you? (And, how can you do it at a profit? That’s the devil in the details.)
(Personally, I’d like plumbers and home repair people that had hours after five - and told you
Nov 17, 2005
Yesterday, I held a Web Pro teleseminar with my collaborator, Roxanne Darling of Bare Feet Studios. We were talking to several of my fellow NAWBO-NNM members (National Association of Women Business Owners) about all things Web - Web 2.0, how to get better results with search engines, Google’s mysterious ways, and (natch) blogging. We who are already out here in the blogosphere forget than some folks are so busy in real life they’re still catching up on what blogging is and its potential (or
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