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…

Innovation Is More Than Just A String (Theory)

I love my morning walks with my dog, Layla. Especially here in North Carolina. In Chicago, you would often contend with wild weather swings. It could be 80˚ one morning and 40˚ the next. It could be cold and raining one morning, sunny the next. Here in Raleigh, each morning for the past month has…

What’s LOVE Got To Do With It? In Marketing – EVERYTHING!

Pay To Play Back when I was a little kid, my father was very nurturing of my desire to play music. He invested in a cheap acoustic guitar (hand me down from my sister) and guitar lessons (from a drill sergeant at West Point Military Academy – I kid you not!) Now keep in mind,…

Boy… Do I Have A Deal For You? Deals From The Trenches And The Search For Value And Truth!

A lot has happened over the last 20 years. There has been a technological revolution. The most obvious are the smartphone and the internet. But some are less obvious: Human Genome Project Bluetooth Curiosity, the Mars Rover Electric Cars 3D Printing Multi-use Rockets And much more… When we sold our house, we sold everything including…

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…

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…

The Secret 3 B’s of Finding Your Perfect Customer

Do You Want To Know A Secret? Did you know that the American bee is actually digital? Yup… It’s a U.S.B. So is that a conspiracy theory, or a bad dad joke? Perspective is reality in the mind of the bee-holder! The definition of a conspiracy theory is: a theory that explains an event or…

Three Questions With The Same Answer – Know, Like, & Trust

Lately, I have been doing some introspection about the current and future state of my business. No doubt it’s changed over the years but that change has accelerated lately. If you look at patterns, you can kind of predict the future. The one thing that almost all of my clients have in common is that…