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Welding On The Dealer Plate

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I’m sure you’ve bought a car at some point or known someone who has (that ought to cover all the bases!). The last time I did so, I had a discussion with the salesperson about what value was assigned to the advertising for the dealership they were asking me to do. She was kind of taken aback and didn’t quite know what I was getting at. I asked her if the dealership routinely placed license plate frames with the dealer name and other information on every new car. She said “of course – it’s standard practice”. I told her my standard practice is to remove them in the parking lot before I drive off with the car unless I’m being paid to serve as media for her business. I know – selling me a car might not be worth it!
I raise the point because you might be thinking – oh, it’s just car dealers and no one likes them anyway. But it’s not. Continue reading

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Brickberries For Breakfast

Single blackberry

I know it’s Friday and, therefore, I’m supposed to be doing a food theme.  Something happened to me yesterday which is food-related in name only but I guess it will have to do because I want to write about it while it’s still fresh in my mind.

I use a Blackberry (that’s as foodie as we’re getting today) as my primary communications device when I leave the office.  Yesterday, as I went into NYC for meetings, I updated an app (Facebook) and rebooted the device as usual.  Done it many times and never an issue.  Except yesterday, when it became a Deadberry.  A Brickberry.  A Blackberry that powered up but wouldn’t boot.  What a day it became and in perspective, what a lesson. Continue reading


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The Kid on the Bike

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I know I usually write about food on Fridays, but I think I”ll wait on my food post until next week. Instead, I want to give you a couple of things that this press statement brought to mind: Continue reading

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Phone Insurance

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My eldest daughter is telephonically challenged.  It’s not that she has trouble using a cell phone – she’s got that part mastered.  No, she has issues keeping her cellular lifeline in one piece, out of “liquid”, and in her possession.  I guess this offsets her many wonderful qualities!

When it came time to buy her the latest replacement phone, she opted for a Blackberry.  Bigger, harder to lose, more functional, but way more expensive.  So we opted to pay AT&T the $5 a month to insure the thing in case anything ever happened.  Well, it did and what a revelation. Continue reading

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Take the Money

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I had something unusual happen to me the other day.  I wanted to spend a few hundred dollars with a wireless company and they wouldn’t take my money.  This was not some kind of weird currency I minted myself either – just hard-earned, good old American greenbacks.  So while I kind-sorta get what they’re thinking, I really don’t understand the logic. Continue reading


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Why bother?

Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days – my daughter graduated high school and then I attended the BMOeMerging Media conference.

While at the conference, I saw, once again, a phenomenon I really don’t understand.  Crackberry-itis.  The inability to stop using one’s Blackberry.  I’m sure, like me, you see people typing away in meetings (where it’s just rude), at conferences (where it’s sort of a waste of the money you paid to be there), and elsewhere.  What could be SO important?  And if it is, why aren’t you off attending to it?

This is an offshoot of something that’s also pretty common: people saying they want one thing and doing something completely different.  That’s why part of the discovery process in consulting involves not just asking questions (and listening to the answers) but also observing and researching on one’s own.

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