Words are wonderful. They can make bland topics delicious and bitter news palatable. We’ve all heard a picture is worth a thousand words. Consider, though, how you could paint pictures with your prose to spur peoples’ imaginations for visions far grander than what the eye can see that set you apart from all other with… Continue reading Words should be a delightful treat in small business marketing
Sometimes you just know something’s dumb. That in-the-trenches thing really makes a big difference when it comes to having relevant perspective. Even with wildly creative and enticing marketing strategies, a bad idea will fail. Often, objectives aren’t about creating a successful initiative in government. Won elections mean more to most than the constituency they swore… Continue reading Government helped small business do WHAT?
Pat Kelly presented at the annual This is That Talks in Whistler, B.C. this April. It’s an obvious spoof on TED Talks (lasting 4 minutes instead of eighteen). What’s most interesting about this lampoon is, while he says, well, not much of import, he’s a captivating speaker. Yes, Kelly is presenting satire, yet the techniques… Continue reading Parodies offer great small business marketing insights
One of the things that really struck me as I’ve been watching some of the women’s gymnastics competitions during this Olympics is how grace is mostly gone. I suppose the same could be said about many small business marketing tactics. The female Olympians compete with a primary emphasis on brawn. Floor routines are all about… Continue reading Is bigger, faster, higher better?
Honestly, I get why people are suspect when they hear the word, or the job descriptor, marketing. It’s sad that such prejudices are rampant, but, as is often the case in life, one bad experience colors bias in ways that masks judgemental reactions. Recently, I attended Toastmasters leadership training workshop. The trainer for the Vice… Continue reading Marketing is not a dirty word
Mike Consol, a consultant in California focused on public speaking, presentation and business writing support, shot a video blog post recently that prompted me to start thinking in ways I hadn’t before. As I reflected on his brilliant branding idea of anthropomorphizing your small business, I realized that my business personality was different than mine… Continue reading Have you thought about crafting a small business personality?
Whether you’re uncomfortable in groups, new to an organization or struggling with an introverted nature that saps your energy when you’re around other people, there are easy ways to grow your reach, credibility and business prosperity at gatherings. Most people misunderstand the terms introvert and extrovert. Simply put, extroverts are energized by being around other… Continue reading Networking for introverts and novices
Have you ever wondered why marketing doesn’t make sense? There are things in life we never question because “it’s just the way it is”. Much of what the masses have come to accept is backwards. I now have cable for the first time (too many Mennonites between me and any village population at my former… Continue reading Most small business marketing is backwards
The last time I had so much fun mowing the lawn was, well, never. How much fun have you had lately with your small business marketing? The fact that it’s March 22nd with grass blades reaching young hay height had me doing the happy dance. Outdoor exercise that’s not about shoveling snow is a delightful… Continue reading 7 small business marketing tips you can learn from lawn mowers
I watched and waited for Sunday to come for more than a week. Temperatures were forecast in the 60s (it reached 69 sunny degrees – yippee for me!). Majority daylight hours were to be spent building a cold frame (or three). That greenhouse in my kitchen was starting to get in the way (the office… Continue reading Writing brilliance is a lot like life