Month: April 2013

What I’m Reading this Morning

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From Bears To NFL Draft, Pandora’s Mother’s Day Play, Media Post

Gadgets to Help Tend a Garden, NY Times

Mobile beer canning business coming to Chattanooga,

‘Financial Times’ Offers $200 Discount on Online Subscription,

Zynga Launches ‘Draw Somthing 2’ With New Tools, Social Features,


My Facebook Account is for “Junk”

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There’s no doubt in the value of a Facebook account for your business. It’s a social network that, depending on the objectives, I recommend for clients within the confines of a specific engagement strategy. However, there’s also no doubt that some people are experiencing Facebook fatigue, which marketers should be paying attention to.

Maybe some are leaving Facebook because it’s not the newest thing anymore, parental crackdowns, privacy concerns or simply uninterested. For my personal account, it’s probably the last two. Whatever the case may be, as Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and other social networks continue to gain ground, the role of Facebook has shifted.

Do you remember the time you created a separate email account where all things coupons, subscriptions, registrations, etc. (clutter in your primary inbox) went to? Just me? While I have no statistical data to back this up, I have plenty of anecdotal. Recently I created a Facebook account for the same purpose. The sole reason I am on Facebook personally is so I have one place, one “feed,” to house all Facebook deals, updates, announcements, coupons and more from the brands I “Like.” I utilize other social media platforms to meet my objectives. For me, it’s perfect.

Have you done the same thing? Is it something you’d consider? Bad idea? We’ll find out soon enough.


Update 5/1:

I just came across this blog post on Twitter that was published today. It has the stats to back up the speculation when I wrote about it on 4/25. Take a look.

Are You Listening to Your Most Important Customers?

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Customers are most likely to offer feedback when they have either a really bad experience or a great one — and they almost never say a word when their experience falls somewhere in the middle.

The problem is, that silent majority in the middle typically drives the success or failure of a business.

Read Larry Freed’s post on the HBR Blog Network here.

File under “Media Training”

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Oh, dear. In case you haven’t seen this video already, here is Olympian Ryan Lochte making the rounds promoting his new reality show “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?”
“Uuuugh. What am I not doing?” Someone didn’t get media training…or sadly enough, did he?

The Three Slide Agency New Business Pitch

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Advice that’s good for any agency to consider when pitching new business, courtesy of OC favorite Hank Blank.

I have never heard any client in any review that I have done say Stop Talking About My Business. Never. All clients love talking about their business. It’s their baby. 

The Three Slide Agency New Business Pitch.

 “…you have to visualize to realize.” source:


I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means

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Vizzini: He didn’t fall??? INCONCEIVABLE!

Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

If you’ve seen the movie The Princess Bride you know that every other word out of Vizzini’s mouth is “inconceivable.” He uses the word out of context, and his love affair with “inconceivable” just isn’t working for him. Inigo “…you killed my father, prepare to die” Montoya points this out. In essence, he’s telling Vizzini he uses the word so much that it’s lost its meaning – its impact. “Inconceivable” has become generic.

There’s a very popular buzzword I hear quite often that reminds me of this movie scene; that word is “innovation.” Everything is “innovative” – and I mean everything. But really, it isn’t. It has been so overused that it falls into the categories of how everyone is SO excited and everything is SO awesome. 

(Please refer to Everyone’s Excited and Everything is Awesome).

Innovation is real and many things such as challenging, inspiring, imaginative, smart and essential. Companies work tirelessly to be innovative and the overusing of the word takes away from those that really are.

In 2005 I was in the market for a new car. I found one with potential and took it for a test-drive. The salesperson was with me and the 10-15 minute drive was just distracting. All the salesperson would say was, “This car has innovation.” “They put so much innovation in this car.” “When designing this car, it was made for people your age with all this innovation.” All I wanted to do was stop the car, look at her and – you guessed it! – say, “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”

Here’s the thing. Words are powerful. “Facts tell, but stories sell.” There are thousands and thousands and thousands of words in the dictionary. In fact, we can count a single word more than once, like “dog,” (1-an animal, 2-the phrase dog-tired), and we have even more options.

I know we’re all guilty of rushing to meet a deadline, suffering from writer’s block, and frankly, feeling too pooped from a long day to even think. However, I challenge all of us to not rest on what’s comfortable, but to push ourselves to make our communication mean something and make an impact.


  • Don’t be a Vizzini and stop overusing “innovative.”
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  • I’m going to go ahead and claim Everything is Innovative on Tumblr.