Posts about Profitability

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 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 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 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 […]

By January 11, 2012

Grow Your Business with Annual Company Goals, Part 1: Setting SMART Goals

In this two-part series, we’ll look at how to set and accomplish SMART goals for your company. Click here to go to part 2: Achieving Your Goals Are small businesses properly nurturing their company goals and objectives? “More than 80% of small business owners admit they don’t give enough attention to achieving goals; 77% of […]