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Presidential Branding

Looks like the Obama’s should have registered their last name to enjoy ongoing royalties. Some interesting examples of halo branding. Where businesses capitolize on the brand elements of another entity. Examples: ATT + TOMs Shoes, Obama Red Wine (below) Maybe I should pick up some Obama Red to wash down my Freedom Fries… From Speigel [...]

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Partner: Beat The Economy Together

I wonder if products have the same experience people do, that when they meet their match, they feel like they are “home?” I’ll bet the product manager of this doosey has earned his bonus: Hillshire Farm ham and turkey + reusable Gladware = Green, Money Saving, The-Big-Corporation-Proves-It-Can-Still-Listen-To-Customers   What partnerships could you consider in your business? [...]

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Incorporating Mini Movements Into Your Business Model

When you consider your business model (which includes your marketing efforts), you generally concentrate on these core components: Why will people pay you? (money, votes, donations) What does it cost you to sell your item…margins? What protects you from competition, price-feature battles? How will you turn an agnostic audience into loyal customers? Early on when [...]

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Diversify Your Revenue Streams: Spin What You Got

I picked up a book in the airport recently: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher. It’s a fast read and has enough tabloid photos to keep you interested. Her come-sit-by-me-and-dish point of view is disarming and I genuinely enjoyed her tales, her vulnerability and her wit. More importantly, I respect what she is doing. Wishful Drinking [...]

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Creative Capitalism: one for one, from day one

Recently, I was contacted by a PR firm (Attention) and asked if I would profile Blake Mycoskie on my blog(s). I’m ashamed to say how long it’s taken me to turn this piece around, however seeing the latest ATT commercial featuring Blake after a long day of meetings (at my day job) shamed me into finishing. My [...]

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Pick Good Influences For Your Advisory Board

Obviously John Wooden is not on my advisory board, but he is in my Pantheon-of-Wonderful-People. Quote to consider No written word, no spoken plea Can teach our youth what they should be; Nor all the books on all the shelves It’s what the teachers are themselves. Given to John Wooden by his Father upon Graduation [...]

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We’re learning that free is a good price.

Just got a newsletter from the School of Visual Concepts, a Seattle-based org providing classes in several disciplines, giving small businesses that needed vitamin B shot of knowledge to immediately apply in their environments. “If you were thinking of attending our free “Get a Job in Tough Times” presentation tonight at the School of Visual [...]

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Micro is the New Macro

From Business Week: MBAs Go Micro “For years, small companies have had trouble competing with the larger firms that typically hire business school students, but that is starting to change. With the recession making a dent in campus recruiting, career service officers are advising students to broaden their job searches to include small businesses. Students [...]

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Experience Businesses: Sarah’s Smash Shack

If you position it right, you can market anything — especially if it aligns with a core human need. In this case,  Sarah’s Smash Shack was conceived to relieve people who are stressed-out. Could the timing be any more appropriate? Customers in San Diego can choose fragile tableware from the Smash Shack Menu—for example a [...]

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Customer Love: No Love Like Free Love

FREE LOVE, or the art of giving away your stuff to consumers, is an enduring trend. Now, more than ever, FREE = GOODNESS.  From airline tickets to Wikipedia, and from laundry detergent to music downloads there is an all-out war for consumers’ ever-scarcer attention and resulting new business models and marketing techniques. There are also benefits [...]

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Just to lighten things up a bit,

Reprinted from tensionbreaker.com: How the Recession Affects Sesame Street After its expenses come under increased government oversight, the number 4 pulls its sponsorship. Cookie Monster being replaced by his cousin, Ramen Noodle Monster. Elmo’s World downsized to Elmo’s Corner. Bob finally forced into retirement. Zoe replaced with an orange sock from the Dollar Store. Grover [...]

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How To Always Be On “GARD” For PR Success

If you are on a bootstrap marketing budget and looking for do-it-yourself publicity, you need to be on “GARD” for media opportunities that can catapult your brand to the next level. In this video, I explain the “do it yourself” system that has helped me garner media features from such outlets as USA Today, E! [...]

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No Time For Social Media? Hire a Mom.

The rise of social media is undoubtedly one of the biggest changes to happen to marketing since the birth of the internet.  According to a Universal McCann 2008 study, 272 million people are using social media.  Of those 272 million, 77% are reading blogs and approximately 34% of them are posting opinions about companies and brands on their profiles/blogs.  With those kinds of numbers, chances are they are talking about you, your competitors, and your industry.  Why not join the conversation?

Time constraints.  Steep learning curve.  Lack of “social” skills. These are just a few of the excuses I’ve heard for not implementing a social media strategy.  They are all legitimate and worth consideration.  After all, first impressions count.  I would never suggest jumping into social media when you know you won’t have the time or resources to make the strategy successful.  It will not only fail, but could tarnish your brand as well.  However, as with most things, there is a way to outsource your social media efforts.  With the right partner, this type of relationship can give your brand a presence in social media, help you overcome the learning curve, and even teach you a thing or two about being “social.”  One possible partner for your journey into social media is MomForce.com.

MomForce.com was founded in late 2008 as a partnership between Jessica Smith and Care.com. Jessica saw the partnership as an opportunity to blend her personal brand as Chief Mom Officer for Wishpot.com and popular blog JessicaKnows.com with Care.com’s professional brand of being a leader in the care provider referral industry.  The goal of MomForce is to help entrepreneurs and companies enter social media by matching them with social media savvy moms that often have previous career experience with marketing.  Jessica explains further, “While our tagline is ‘Reach Moms. With Moms.’ I think companies will find a lot of these moms have impressive experience that reaches beyond the mom market.”  The process behind MomForce is designed to be simple and painless for both the companies and the moms looking for virtual work opportunities.  Once moms submit their profiles, complete with resumes outlining previous marketing experience, companies are then able to search the database for candidates that fit their desired skill set.  The moms are then hired as independent contractors which save companies the expense of additional overhead and employee costs.   This creates the perfect win/win situation, flexible hours for moms and lower costs for companies.

MomForce is a good example of the many creative options available for time-strapped entrepreneurs to join in on the social media bandwagon.  While I feel that social media is done best in-house, I do think alternatives like this are better than nothing.  Social media marketing is here to stay and will only get bigger and better in the years to come.  Entrepreneurs have two choices, to either get on the bus or get run over.

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The rise of social media is undoubtedly one of the biggest changes to happen to marketing since the birth of the internet.  According to a Universal McCann 2008 study, 272 million people are using social media.  Of those 272 million, 77% are reading blogs and approximately 34% of them are posting opinions about companies and [...]

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What does innovation mean to you?

This idea gives “green business” a whole new meaning… Anti-Theft Lunch Bags will deter the most glib of lunchroom swappers. Slip your sandwich into one of the green-splotched decoys before placing it in the office refrigerator and even the most brazen thief will think twice before running off with your “mildewed” PB&J. ($10 for two [...]

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Customer Love: Listen

This example is why newspapers and TV must reinvent themselves, or die. Obama is Lincoln v2.0 Taking a page out of Lincoln’s Handbook on How To Be A Good President, Obama is everywhere in the community: at dinner, on The Tonight Show, at the soup kitchens, in meetings, on The Hill. He’s like the “Where’s Waldo?” of [...]

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Using Severence Pay to Start It Up

This post is simple: A reporter for one of the top 3 news sites in the world contacted me. She interviewed me already, but has now asked that I inquire within the StartupNation community as to whether any of you have used severence pay to start a business. She’s looking for a lead person to feature [...]

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