Giving client gifts? Are they “unexpected?”

February 26th, 2014

GiftOn my flight home from the MRA Conference in Las Vegas two weeks ago, I was watching an old movie on my iPad… Finding Forrester, with Sean Connery.  A really good movie, by the way, if you haven’t seen it.

In it, he’s giving advice to young man on the best way to a woman’s heart.  And his is advice is to give… “an unexpected gift at an unexpected time.”

Great advice… and it works for clients, too.

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Advertising works… and I was in Las Vegas last week to prove it!

February 19th, 2014

las-vegas-signI was in Las Vegas last week to speak at and attend the annual joint conference of the Southwest and Northwest chapters of the MRA.  Nancy Hernon and Rommell Montenegro and all of their colleagues put on a really nice event – good sessions, good food and some really great people.

It was the first time I’d been to Vegas in a while that I really had the chance to get out of the hotel and “experience” the city.  My wife, Lisa, was with me and after a few days there said, “You can’t describe Las Vegas, you have to see it!”

And what I saw more of than anything was advertising. Dazzling outside signs 5 stories tall, ads in the hotels and on the hotels, on buses and cabs, at the airport, on permanent and drivable billboards, in those special hotel guest magazines… even being handed out on the street corner.  It was everywhere!

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Google Consumer Surveys Ramps Up Product and Marketing… Are You Ready?

February 13th, 2014

google-consumer-surveys-351x350I haven’t heard much from or about Google Consumer Surveys in the past couple of months, then all of the sudden, I received an email from them last week.  It looks like they’re expanding the capabilities of their service… with longer surveys and mobile respondents (by the way, no change in pricing).  A tough competitor just got tougher.

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Marketing’s Dirty Little Secret… It’s Not an Exact Science!

February 5th, 2014

345935446_It_Depends_answer_3_xlargeHere are the kinds of questions I regularly hear from my clients…

  • “What email open rate should I expect?”
  • “How many downloads will my new white paper get?”
  • “What’s the average bid conversion rate?”
  • “What are the ‘right’ steps for the lead nurturing process?”

The correct answer for all of the above is… “It depends!”  Sorry… wish I had a better answer.

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