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Fake Thrills — Another Automotive Misfire.

January 6, 2014
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The Toyota Camry is not an exciting car. In fact, some automotive writers content that Toyota’s building nothing but toasters these days.  Despite that, the Camry has been hugely successful and has been the best-selling car in America 15 of the past 16 years. (Camry was No. 1 from 1997 to 2000, lost to the […]

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The ABCs of Branding: RCD

July 9, 2013

Relevance. Credibility. Differentiation. These are the basic building blocks of any branding effort.  When you look at companies — large and small — that have been successful, you’ll notice strength, consistency and often superiority in those three areas. Relevance. Brand relevance is closely related to specialization and niche marketing. Because you can’t be relevant to […]

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Who reads copy these days? The hungry ones.

April 15, 2013

I’m really tired of people telling me no one reads anything anymore. For instance, a client recently said he didn’t want professionally-written copy inside his website because, “no one reads it anyway.” He insisted that “People go to a site looking for something very specific. They don’t want to read, they just want to find what […]

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Non-profit branding… a story of start-up success and failure.

March 16, 2013
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In 2009 I called it “A feel-good brand in a bummed out world.”  It was the type of organization that  genuinely touched people, and put smiles on faces. For me, a few minutes at Working Wonders Children’s Museum was a sure cure for a crummy day. Our story of success, and failure, is valuable for anyone […]

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Strategic Thinking vs. Tactical Acting

February 26, 2013

The single most popular article I’ve ever written focuses on the difference between marketing strategy and marketing tactics. Seems there’s a bit of confusion there.  For example, I saw a blog recently titled “Top  10 Social Media Strategies.” But the list was purely tactical. Not a strategy to be seen. So if you’re one of thousands […]

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In great advertising, God is in the details.

February 11, 2013

I’ve never heard such a hush fall over a Superbowl party. The commercial titled “So God Made Farmers” disrupted things almost as much as the Superdome power outage. If you don’t think poetry has a place in business and marketing, think again. Just listen to these words: “God said, I need somebody strong enough to […]

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Just the facts on how to do more effective advertising.

January 25, 2013
Dragnet approach to bad advertising

When I was growing up I used to watch re-runs of an old cop show called Dragnet. The theme song alone left an indelible impression on me. Narration from the main character begins every show: “This is the city; Los Angeles California. It’s 7:18 a.m. I’m sergeant Joe Friday. This is my partner, Gannon.” Joe […]

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