Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Social Gap

I’m always amused by the dumb things smart people often do.  Today’s bit of amusement comes in the form of an article from eMarketer about how marketers view and use social media.  Now, I’m the first to recognize that business executives (and regular folks too!) often say one thing and do something completely different (and opposite) which is, in retrospect, short-sighted.  However, this piece demonstrates that the gap between recognizing a strategic imperative and acting upon it is pretty wide when it comes to emerging social media.  But let’s see what you think. Continue reading

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Entitled People Aren’t Great Executives

There is a story this morning in USA Today about frequent fliers and how courtesy in the skies is a long-gone thing. It really sounded very familiar – someone on a plane behaving as if it is their own private jet instead of shared space. It came on the heels of another post yesterday on a local blog here about people who park in handicapped spaces without stickers. This blog had written the day prior about people “reserving” sections of our local beach even though there are clear rules against it.  The Mrs. calls it the “rules don’t apply to me” attitude and views it as a safety issue.  After all, how often do you see someone driving while on the phone or looking down at their phone to text as they roll through a stop sign?  We see it a lot.
So what does this have to do with business, you ask? It has to do with a entitled mindset and THAT, dear readers, has a lot to do with business success – or lack thereof! Continue reading

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Are Deals Dumb?

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 10:  The Groupon logo is di...

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As I read my daily emails from Groupon, LivingSocial, and a couple of other daily deal sites, I started thinking once again about the wisdom of these things. Not so much from a consumer perspective because, frankly, anything that saves me money is OK in my book. From a business perspective, however, there are a number of on-going questions about which there’s a lot of conflicting information. Let’s lay some of it out and get your perspective. Continue reading

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Getting Slim

Yummy cake!

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So here we are at the end of another week and as usual we’re going to talk about food. Today, however, I want to talk a bit about how food and I have changed our relationship over the last few months and how that may actually relate to business. I’m also hoping it might be helpful to those of you who want to dump a few extra pounds as I recently did. 30 of them, to be exact, and aside from having to buy a bunch of new clothes for which I was overdue anyway, there’s only good that’s come of it. So how did I do it and how can this possibly be business-related? Continue reading

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And Now For Something Completely Different…

Carnoustie Golf Course. The championship cours...

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I woke up this morning and landed in the midst of a major. Yep, it’s time for The Open Championship and there’s nothing like turning on the tube at 5:30 and seeing the world’s best golfers looking like…well…ME out there as they struggle with wind, rain, and a very different sort of golf. It’s the world’s oldest major championship and while I know that many of you care not a whit about either golf or sport, I do and I’m driving. Of course, there’s also a business lesson in here too. Continue reading

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You Know What They Mean

Another report of marketing brilliance (sarcasm alert) from the digital world. This time it’s a report that ad networks are continuing to track users who opt out based on the flimsiest of reasoning. As a consumer, I’m not surprised and not pleased. As a person who works in digital marketing, I’m appalled since this is exactly the sort of behavior that leads to more rules and less innovation. It puts an entire industry in a bad light even though it’s a few bad apples and not everyone.  But I’ll lay out the fact and let you decide if I’m overreacting. Continue reading

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My Take On Google+

Everyone likes to talk about what’s shiny and new and I’m no exception so today I’d like to spend a minute or three on Google+. As of this morning, there may be as many as 10 million folks on G+ – not a bad adoption rate!  I spent the weekend playing around on it and I have a few thoughts I’d like to share. If you haven’t received an invite yet, ping me and I’ll send you one. If you’re on it, let’s see if my experiences match up with yours. If you’re here today looking for a massive business lesson, come back tomorrow. Continue reading

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