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Monday Morning Memoir- Start Up Thoughts

  Welcome to the Monday Morning Memoir September 22, 2008.   I have been thinking about the organic process of product growth and brand identity.  While I was working on my MBA the professors would teach that every company knew what their product and brand identity was at the startup phase of the company.  What’s [...]

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A Rocky Start For eBay’s New Selling Format

 

As of this writing,  it is unclear if this issue has been corrected.

I do not root against eBay.  eBay needs to be successful in order for the 1.3 million sellers on their site to be successful.  eBay is and will hopefully continue to be a big part of my business.

Let’s just hope eBay gets all these bugs worked through in the next 30 days, because Thunderbirds are go for the holidays.  We still have to get through capped shipping and the removal of money orders/checks as payment in October.

Crossing his fingers,

Kevin

http://buybackmadness.com

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kevin@inflatablemadness.com

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Hi gang, eBay’s had a tough week. Not that it hasn’t been a tough week in general.  Lehman’s gone.  AIG is getting bailed out (I bet that makes Lehman happy – if they would have waited 3 days, maybe they could have received part of the $600 billion the gov is forking over to save [...]

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Retail Temperature….

Being an expert at placing products into retail…trust me when I say even in economic hard times….stores are still buying, and entrepreneurs are still selling. I revisit the point that in these unsure hard times, if you have a product that people really need, they are going to buy it, no matter what. People will [...]

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5 Refreshing Approaches for Your Email Newsletters

A common problem that email marketers face is the lack of a fresh approach to each of their email newsletters. More times than not, the focus lies on the quantity rather than how the information is presented. Below, I have included a few content approaches to improve your next newsletter. Case studies- Develop a case [...]

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A Lesson Learned from the Italians

I recently had the opportunity to attend Milano Unica, the premiere textile show in Italy. It is an exhibition of European textile manufacturers and is the unification of five previously separate prestigious Italian textile fairs; Idea Como, Idea Biella, Moda In, Prato Expo and Shirt Avenue. Each show is known specifically for a certain textile, [...]

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Did the Sharks Attack? Taking Risks-Part 2

On Tuesday, I left off telling you about the sharks I encountered while scuba diving. Well, after a brief, “stare down” with the sharks, I headed towards the cave opening and left their home. It was nerve-wracking, but it was truly the most exciting dive I’ve had so far. In fact, after the initial nerves subsided, [...]

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IFA’s Franchise Appreciation Day Recap – Current Political Issues Facing Franchising

Earlier this week I attended the International Franchise Association’s 9th annual Franchise Appreciation Day in Washington, DC. Over 500 people, franchisors, franchisees and industry suppliers, gathered together to discuss the current economic and political picture and visit Congressional men and women to present their views and stances on the major political issues facing small businesses [...]

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Customer Retention

A few weeks ago, I discussed the importance of building great customer relationships. In this blog post, I would like to expand on the topic and focus in on how to keep customers within your reach, while steadily increasing your return on investment. According to this year’s Email Marketing Census by e-consultancy.com, retention makes up [...]

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Take Risks to Boost Confidence and Publicity

It’s about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and I’m recovering from a much-needed vacation. Right now, the jet lag is killing me. Yes, I’m one of those people who usually need a “vacation from the vacation.” But it’s worth it! A vacation gives you time to rest and relax, but it also provides the opportunity [...]

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Why We Had Kids… For Social Networking Help

I guess my husband and I always had in the back of our heads that we would have kids, so that when we were old and grey we would have someone to push around our wheelchairs, or at least extricate our Rascal scooters when they get hopelessly wedged between oddly out-of-date pieces of furniture. I also had [...]

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Leader and High Earner

Not too long ago I participated in Cycle Oregon, a weeklong bicycle tour. Seventeen hundred riders pedaled an average of 75 miles each day through remote eastern Oregon. At night we camped in ad hoc tent cities planted at various locations along the route: rural high school football fields, small town parks, or wheat fields. [...]

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Nobody Wants New?

I just returned from the ABC Kids Expo in Vegas this past week.  The show is a children’s industry tradeshow that connects children’s manufacturers with buyers from specialty boutiques, department stores, and chains.  Buyer traffic was down as the case with most shows; however, I couldn’t help but notice a reoccurring theme throughout the five [...]

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Getting Back To Basics: Lessons From My Interviews

When I first started social venture labs, I drew inspiration from companies who were classic examples of triple bottom line organizations like Burt’s Bees and Life Is Good. The owners of these kinds of companies went from living out of their cars or without running water, to earning over several hundred million while including communities [...]

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The Roots of America. The Roots of Your Business.

It’s Sunday, September 6, and Linda and I are in Philadelphia. We stand in a pouring deluge – the brunt of tropical storm Hanna is upon us – as we wait to enter Independence Hall, located in the city’s Historic District. Drenched despite our umbrellas, 30 of us enter the annex of the building. We [...]

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Working with the Big Boys

Landing a large account can be an exhilarating experience for a young company and you can’t help but daydream about the possibility of “overnight success”.  Just around the corner… redemption for all those long hours spent fine-tuning your product, reciting your elevator pitch in the mirror, and packing orders until 2am.  While getting an initial [...]

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How Important is List Segmentation?

Attracting the attention of a current or potential customer with new products and services is getting harder and harder. Each day, email marketers are analyzing how to increase click through rates and reestablish their return on investment. Segmenting your email list of contacts enables you to select a portion of your audience for targeted marketing. [...]

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As the Wise Man Said…Patience is a Virtue

Over the past few days I feel like the legwork I have done in the past three weeks is coming to fruition. I am putting together a nice compilation of fabric vendors and am wishing I hadn’t given my email to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council as my inbox is full of introductions from [...]

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Getting On The List

I just attended an event where Edie Hilliard gave a short talk on her experience in the radio industry. We all want to be “on the list.” It almost doesn’t matter which one—it could be anything from a VIP list for an event to an approved vendor or being the go-to guy. A certain amount [...]

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