Commercials and corporate strategic marketing are changing

We created this company logo more than two decades ago. It still works

Remember when every woman in television commercials was pencil thin and in her early twenties? Somehow they even managed to make leggy models sprawling car roofs relevant when hawking products that only the elderly would need. It wasn’t that long ago.

Be unreasonable to develop good marketing concepts

We created this company logo more than two decades ago. It still works

Often the wacky, non-traditional, unexpected and contrary marketing concepts work better than the tested results that everyone else is applying. Usually, if you’re laughing out loud as you develop a message to go out to your prospects, they’ll have as much fun with it as you did. That makes you memorable.

Why would women in business want to secure respect?

We created this company logo more than two decades ago. It still works

Frankly, some women in business seem to get too worked up about enforcing their definition of respect. It’s more about how comfortable you are with yourself than external factors. Anyone who wants to succeed should recognize others see the world differently. Does that make them wrong? I don’t think so.

Cats provide great lessons for buiness smarts

Appreciation is a huge motivator when it comes to referrals – the lifeblood of any successful business. Sure, you can be a carnival barker and pull in some suckers, but they don’t come back (or say good things about you). Consider offering a sincere purr the next time someone helps you with a business challenge or client recommendation. Heed the other side of this one too – if it doesn’t feel right, walk away.

Using smart marketing concepts for national meetings

We created this company logo more than two decades ago. It still works

Instead of trying to meet tons of people (and shove your business card in their hands – do you really think your name will be top-of-mind when they return home with a huge stack?), spend some time early trying to identify the individuals who can really make a difference at the event and with your future goals.

Fabulous Blog Award honors

I’m having so much fun participating in the UBC. I’ve discovered some great blogs I never would have found otherwise. The people are supportive and inspiring. Looks like I’ll even have a few clients out of the mix. Plus it’s provided some great incentive to bulk up a new blog with useful content. I’ve even enjoyed some super mentoring on the way from members kind enough to reach out and share their wisdom freely. How can you beat that for a first-time experience?

Marketing and monsters, oh my!

Fortunately the herbs are still doing well. Here's some sage that's become much heartier since this shot.

Good marketing concepts – and skills to alter course when circumstances change – are like gardening. This agility is a hallmark of small businesses. So often, it’s attitude – including a willingness to learn and experiment with new things – that sets the successes apart from the failures.

Smart strategic marketing: do what you say

Do you take the time to stand back and look at things from your customer's perspective to see what they're seeing? It may not be the message you intend. Photo courtesy of Don Dad via flickr.

If someone promoting themselves as a social technology expert can’t get their own web house in order – with the front door locked for entry to boot – the confidence level of the prospect is shattered from the onset. Is it fair? Probably not. Is it dumb? Yep. Paying attention to your prospect’s experience should be a primary priority with any marketing effort.