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By May 9, 2012

Outsourced Marketing, Part 1: The Market

As businesses begin to recover from the recession, many are using this time to ask hard questions about exactly how they run their organization. For better or worse, the downturn forced many owners to downsize their internal teams and restructure which roles would be handled by employees and what duties could be outsourced. In this […]

By April 25, 2012

It’s Time to Rebuild

The Portland American Marketing Association has officially kicked off a monthly column for the Daily Journal of Commerce, a local publication focused on the Portland building and construction market. I was fortunate to be the first column contributor, and was asked to discuss how companies can start rebuilding their marketing capacity, as many companies are […]

By April 11, 2012

How Spilt Coffee Created a Billion Dollar Mop

You might be surprised to know that I enjoy mopping. Yep. Cleaning the floor. Vacuuming, too. Both great. There’s something liberating about getting every last speck of dirt out of my life. Call me compulsive. Sponge-on-a-Stick Technology You might also be surprised to hear that the basic concept of this thing I love to do […]

By April 4, 2012

How to Get Higher-Impact Testimonials from Your Customers

Hopefully you’ve read Part 1 of this series and I’ve convinced you that your company must gather testimonials on a regular basis, as well as given you specific ideas for how to leverage them. The next thing that I would like to provide you with is a systematic approach to soliciting testimonials from your clients […]

By March 21, 2012

Your Pain-Free Guide to Better Business Networking

Become a Great Business Networker As a leader, you know the importance of developing a business network. You may have even read our recent post on the exponential power of increasing your network connections. Unfortunately, while the words “business network” evokes images of win-win relationships, the term “networking” often elicits rolled eyes and groans. Can […]

By March 14, 2012

Business Pitfall: The Sell-Do Trap

If you run a professional services firm, or manufacture products to client specifications, I’m guessing you know what I mean when I say, “managing revenue is a challenge.” Isn’t “challenge” really just a nice way to say, “pain in the butt?” The problem faced by most service providers is that their business models don’t scale […]

By March 7, 2012

Marketing Nerd: Why Your Business Should Care About Networks

Most owners understand the importance of business networks. But few realize there’s actually powerful math behind the value of these social networks. Read on to learn how growing a network really works, and one way Kinesis has leveraged our own mini-network of business owners.

By February 15, 2012

Rearranging the deck chairs ain’t gonna fix your marketing.

Every wonder what happens when you try to use “marketing” to fix a bad strategy? BlackBerry is set to show us just how well that works.

By January 25, 2012

The 3 Perils of Small Business Marketing

Making marketing “work” comes down to three key ingredients: Strategy, Execution, and Accountability. Here’s why owners struggle to get it right, and 3 priceless tips to fix anemic marketing.

By January 18, 2012

Grow Your Business with Annual Company Goals, Part 2: Achieving Your Goals

In the first part of this series, we talked about setting your SMART goals. This article is all about making them happen. Measuring your progress and adjusting your timeline ensures that your goals are on track to success. Measure progress and celebrate achievement. It’s important for leaders to continue to support goals. Create a set […]