Posts by Shawn Busse

By November 18, 2013

Mirror, Mirror – The High Cost of Ugly in B2B Marketing

Like many entrepreneurs, I bootstrapped funding for my first business. Part of saving money meant doing everything myself, including (shudder) building our first office computer. Of course the established firms had no time for such nonsense – they purchased cutting-edge machines that looked a lot like this: Over the years we’ve seen the PC industry […]

By November 5, 2013

Kinesis has a new home!

I’m thrilled to announce that the Kinesis team has successfully relocated, and we’re busy settling into our new headquarters in Northwest Portland! It’s been a long journey. But with a little elbow grease and a lot of patience, we’ve managed to locate and build out a space to meet our growing needs. I took a […]

Marketing is Broken
By August 14, 2012

Marketing is Broken (video)

Back in 1999, when I worked at an ad agency, there was a new kid on the block. Some called her the “World Wide Web,” while others simply referred to her as “The Internet.” Either way, it looked like this gal would be the next big thing. Of course the folks I worked for didn’t […]

By July 25, 2012

Making the Most from Mistakes

Success is 99% failure. – Soichiro Honda, Founder, Honda Motor Corp. As some of our readers know, Kinesis recently had the good fortune to be awarded as one of  Portland’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies. I’m extremely proud of our team, and humbled by the accomplishment. Interestingly, while this milestone is about “success,” I’m […]

By June 20, 2012

Small Business, Big Marketing: Hammer and Hand Interview

At Kinesis, we love a great story. Especially when it involves local entrepreneurs who defy the odds. People who know me know that I’m passionate about great design, architecture, and green building; I’m always on the lookout for outstanding Portland firms. While there are many exceptional artisans, few combine their craft with savvy marketing like […]

By June 6, 2012

Outsourced Marketing, Part 3: Should I hire?

The following post is the third in our series on “Outsourced Marketing.” In Part 1, The Market we looked at the marketing landscape for businesses that need help with marketing. In Part 2, we provided a framework for selecting the right-fit marketing professional. In the final installment, we deliver a guide for evaluating when it […]

By May 16, 2012

Outsourced Marketing, Part 2: Find the Right Fit

The following post is the second in our series on “Outsourced Marketing.” In Part 1, The Market we looked at the marketing landscape for businesses that need help with marketing. In Part 2, we provide a framework for selecting the right-fit marketing professional. Outsourcing: A Buyer’s Guide Now that you know the options in the […]

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 […]