When I was 12 years old, I ordered my first batch of 12 cassette tapes from the Columbia House Record Club—for a penny. Side note: An exhibit of King Tut’s artifacts travelled around the United States in the late 70s setting off a small King Tut craze as his image appeared on magazines and in […]
I recently came across an interview with David Neinimeier Hansson from Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Corner. David is one of the partners at 37 Signals and the creator of Ruby on Rails. He shares a few of the things he has learned over his career and what he learned in business school that has no application in […]
The real power of a good brand story is that it communicates an idea in an emotional way. Listeners immediately get your message and if the story is good, they internalize it and may even share it with others. For example, you can tell your customers that you provide outstanding customer service. In fact, many […]
It’s a question many marketers face: what do you do when your product isn’t perfect? Even worse, what do you do when your product has characteristics that make people turn up their noses? Or opt for a competitor? Answer: Use a story that turns the negative into a positive. I’ve written before about Buckley’s Cough […]
Time magazine called him Jack the Dripper. And that’s a pretty good description for the best known abstract impressionist, the artist who created dozens of paintings that made people in museums around the world say, “My seven-year-old could have painted that.” He painted the most expensive painting ever sold at auction—a work of art titled […]
Just got my copy of Dan Ariely’s The Upside of Irrationality from the guys at Inbubblewrap and CEO-READ. Looking forward to reading it just as soon as I can work through the stack of books next to my desk. Thanks guys!
Just a short TED video to give you something to think about. This one is from Rory Sutherland (yes, I know it’s been available for quite a while and you have probably already seen it, but just in case you haven’t, it’s today’s Friday Inspiration). Mr. Sutherland talks about how changing perceptions is a critical […]
Earlier this week, Robbin at the Brains On Fire Blog, wrote about a presentation by Steve Knox, CEO of P&G’s Tremor Unit, noting that the ultimate victory in marketing is cultivating advocates for your brand. Interesting post, you can read it here. Mr. Knox suggests that one way we create trusted advocates is through disruptive experiences. He […]