Can marketing and social media coexist?

I posted this as a comment on a LinkedIn discussion forum in the group "Marketing Your Printing Company."  I've pretty much thought of this as my approach since I started down the social media trail.  It's kinda nice to have it down a paper though. I think we need to look at the entire process … Continue reading Can marketing and social media coexist?

Would you follow your own firm’s social media site?

Currently, the next  "great thing" - is marketing your business on Twitter and Facebook.  Being in the direct marketing arena ... it's no different here.  But, I really don't see a whole lot of benefit for a lot of a these companies that have jumped on the bandwagon ... at least how they're doing it. … Continue reading Would you follow your own firm’s social media site?

Why after only one try … we quit?

It seems we live in a world of black or white.  Either we're all in or not at all.  Most of us treat our marketing and sales like this too. I don't know if it's just me, but this last year I've seen a awful lot of customer and loyalty marketing.  For every credit card … Continue reading Why after only one try … we quit?

Don’t fool yourself … your customers don’t care about you.

Your customers and especially your prospects - don't care about you. They don't care about the products you're selling, and they don't care about your company. If they did, then they would return your phone calls. They wouldn't check their phone when you're talking to them. They'd respond to your direct mail, and they'd get … Continue reading Don’t fool yourself … your customers don’t care about you.

Buy local … or not

The chorus to "Buy Local" has become the new "Buy American." This is especially the case with the corporate shenanigans going on. GE doesn't pay taxes. The executives of Well Fargo and B of A should be in jail and Wal-mart is getting sued for discrimination by just about every woman who worked there in the last 10 years.  And even … Continue reading Buy local … or not

Why I hate Groupon!

January 31, 2013 update: Yesterday LivingSocial, Groupon's main competitor, announced a 2012 $650 million loss. This post has brewing inside me for a couple of months now. I think it started when I heard that Groupon had turned down a $6 billion buyout offer from Google. I couldn't see how these guys could turn down … Continue reading Why I hate Groupon!

“Raise Your Glass” What we can all learn from PINK

Even if you don't like what's going on with contemporary music these days ... read this anyway! Sunday night, I watched the American Music Awards on television.  I've been waiting for this for several day now, if for no reason than see Pink perform may current favorite song .  Little did I know it would … Continue reading “Raise Your Glass” What we can all learn from PINK