The 5 Keys To Successful B2b Marketing

Consumers are fickle. How do I know? I am one. I have chronicled my love-hate relationship with Home Depot. I was in love with them after my first experience with them buying a washer, dryer, and fridge. The salesperson was so educated and informative. When I went to Lowes (first) the salesperson took a while…

The Distraction Attraction

I have no idea how old you are, but I am this old… Do you remember TV Magic Cards? Marshall Brodine was a famous magician (and he was the clown Wizzo on the Bozo Circus Show) who lived in Geneva, Illinois (close to where we lived in Aurora). I was enamored with those cards and…

Consistent Communication… Are You Picking Up What I Am Putting Down?

Have you ever watched a TV show or movie and had a hard time trying to follow the plot? It’s especially annoying when people you know, like, and trust, say “What a great show! (or flick).” It kinda makes you feel like you are not hip, or as with it as they are if you…

The 5 Half-Truths of B2b Sales and Marketing (You Have Probably Been Fed)

Have you ever eaten an “Impossible Burger”? They do a pretty good job of making plants taste like meat. But, why do they call it Impossible? Because meat has heme. Heme is the molecule that gives blood its red color and helps carry oxygen in living organisms. Unlike other plant-based burgers and meats, it was…

Seasons… Cold Weather Can Nudge Business to Heat Up

We just crossed the autumnal equinox. In layman’s terms – Summer is over (at least on the calendar.) Summer is one of the most active times of the year for me. We have longer days and better weather. Chances are you spend more time outside and take more days off than at any other time…

How To Exceed Expectations? Find Someone Who Cares!

Seth Godin had a GREAT blog post today. It was short, sweet, and really hit me between the eyes. Who cares? No one cares. That happens rarely. Someone cares. That happens all the time, and it’s at the heart of our work. Everyone cares. Almost never. Someone is enough. In fact, someone is the entire…

Seeing The World Through A Fresh Set Of I’s

I have had more than one person question, “Why would you leave an area, where you have 22 or 40 years of connections to start over?” I have asked myself that question a few times, too. The only answer I could give was, “It was time!” I have lived in the Chicago area since I…

You Can’t Always Get What You Want? But If You Try Sometimes…

Do you know that Rolling Stones song? “You Can’t Always Get What You Want?” It goes on to say, “But if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.” I think that “Want” is a term that talks about the future. I WANT (desire to obtain) a cool new computer and desk…

When is 10 Greater Than 1000? (Hint It’s All About Relationships)

You never realize how much STUFF you have until you have to move it. We all have closets, drawers, and other hiding places that keep our stuff organized and out of sight, Simply go to any closet or dresser and lay out all the stuff on the floor and you will see what I mean.…

Why “FREE” Is A Four Letter Word That’s Bad For B2b Businesses

Most of us have fallen victim to the allure of FREE stuff. I had a freezer full of big bags and boxes of frozen food from going to Sam’s Club and being a victim of the FREE sample person standing in the aisle. I have gotten a FREE phone and Airpods that raised my monthly…