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A few months ago, I was invited to join a new business radio program as the producer.
In this case, “producer” meant lining up guests, and practically anything else I want or have time to do—only three of us were involved initially.
The idea from the outset was to spread positive stories from the local business community (the Spokane, Washington area). Like a lot of you, I’ve learned that a company’s ability to tell its story is vital, so accepting the invitation to produce the program —Business Talks—was irresistible.
It’s turned out to be so much fun, I wanted to tell you about it. Continue reading
That voice. I heard it, softly, from a table 10 feet away.
It was 1990. We were in a quiet, trendy Hollywood restaurant whose name I never knew and I doubt still exists.
I was with an agency producer, working on a TV job for a large telecom client.
It was the unmistakable voice of an old friend. I wanted to jump up, hug him and tell him my whole family and all our friends missed him.
But I didn’t because he was speaking softly, it sounded private, and I didn’t want to interrupt.
Besides, we had never met, and I didn’t want to scare the hell out of him. Continue reading
Marketing doesn’t have to be as scary as other parts of building a new business
One of my favorite marketing blog posts was written in April 2009 by HubSpot co-founder Dharmesh Shah. He called it Startup Marketing: Tactical Tips From The Trenches.
“If I were starting a company today,” Dharmesh wrote, “here’s what I would do in the first ten days.”
In that same spirit, here’s a rough outline of steps I’d recommend for businesses just getting started. I hope someone who’s starting a business finds it useful. Credit where credit is due, some of these suggestions are pretty similar to what Dharmesh wrote nearly four years ago.
The only Facebook company page I ever set up looks the same now as when I left the company three years ago. They’re down to 26 likes. Most are my relatives, who were nice enough to like the page at my request, just to see what happened.
I’m not really a Facebook guy. I have about 100 friends. My Facebook name (please don’t report this TOS violation) is Cousin Barrett. That’s because most of the 100 are cousins, aunts, uncles, other distant relations, people with whom I went to school and whose wedding I was in.
On the other hand, I was using social before it was called social.
I used AOL chat rooms in the early 90s for international soccer discussions and computer advice from Kim Komando. Continue reading
Santa Barbara. A great place to figure out how little you really know about life. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
One of my favorite marketing thought leaders doesn’t have a background in advertising, or PR or social media.
Jill Konrath is a salesperson deluxe. You may know her as an author, blogger, strategist or as a featured guest on HubSpot’s blogs and webinars. I love her strategic approach to sales.
In this post, she writes about how she learned to ask questions. For her it was a social tool, as in how-to-date-boys social. (Cute post!)
As marketers, we must constantly ask questions. Curiosity about your customer and your community drives you to understand who they are, how they think and feel, how you can bring them value and how you might develop meaningful relationships.
Jill reminded me of an incident that made me see sales in a new light. Continue reading
Maybe you’re overly proud of your towering intellect.
Maybe you’re a little insecure about it.
Don’t be either, if you want to succeed in marketing.
My completely unscientific analysis, after 30 years on the job, shows that people who act like the smartest one in the room usually aren’t quite as bright as they think. Continue reading
This post is about a social media conference, in Spokane, Washington.
And the guy who’s presenting it.
And a conference where you live.
Please read on.
This Tuesday, September 25, 2012, at Spokane’s Red Lion Hotel Convention Center, if you’re lucky enough to have a full day and $149 to invest in your vital continuing business education, you can attend Go Social, hosted by Nectar Media. Continue reading
For questions of marketing strategy, the answers usually begin with the customer.
But what if you’re asking the wrong questions?
Sometimes we’re forced to focus like a laser – on our own problems, objectives and processes. It’s understandable. But it can turn our point of view inward, when we should be focused on the customer.
Here are some inward-looking “we” questions that can lead to the wrong answers, followed by the kinds of questions – about “them,” the customers – that businesses ought to be asking.
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It’s time for a new WordPress theme, and I need your help.
Maybe just some pointers will do.
This old theme has served me well for three years. It was free – and worth the price. But I’m taking my blogging a little more seriously now, and want an upgrade.
So I’m asking for your thoughts and advice, both general and specific. Continue reading
Joe Biden, plagiarist, swearing to uphold the law. Photo credit Wikipedia.
Is plagiarism suddenly all the rage?
Articles about it popping are up everywhere. My new pal Tim Bonner posted about it, as did Content Marketing World speaker Rachel Foster. Craig Silverman writes about it at Poynter.org. Then I read a post from a marketing student at the University of South Florida, Murewa Olubela.
Murewa focuses on the kind of trouble students can get into for plagiarism. Because she’s a student, and president of her PR club, I can see where she’s coming from.
But I wanted to offer another point of view.