This week’s idea: Want a formula for success? Just study everything John Charbonneau does – and then copy it.

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with Neil Godin How did you like that subject line? You know, “How to avoid getting trapped in voice mail.” (Hey. It intrigued you enough to open it, or you wouldn’t be here.) But I have a confession. I stole that subject line. I pinched it from John Charbonneau, a mortgage broker with The Mortgage Group. And […]

This weeks Idea: Log home builder builds an engineering wonder at UBC

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with Neil Godin It all started innocently enough. Marketing Dangerously member John Boys (of Nicola Logworks in Merritt, BC) emailed to request a copy of my “Take Control in Selling” article. Great. But attached to the email was a photo. Always curious, I opened the attachment, and there it was. A photo of…  Well, I […]

Idea of The Week: GST. PST. HST. Or BST?

>The Situation: If you live in BC you’re confused (and so am I). In a couple of days we’re going to be voting on whether or not to keep the horrifically hated HST. If we vote “Yes,” we’re saying “No,” we don’t want it. If we vote “No,” it means “Yes,” we want it. And […]

Idea of The Week: Did guerrilla marketing help Whitecaps win?

>The Situation: Here at Marketing Dangerously, we love guerrilla marketing. Why? Because it’s fun, fast, creative – and often, well, dangerous.  Case in point: As everyone in Vancouver knows the Whitecaps FC (meaning Football Club, for you non-soccerolics), has just played its debut game in the MLS Major League Soccer organization. Wanting to make their […]

Idea of The Week: You speed, we pay the ticket?

>The Situation: At Marketing Dangerously we love guerrilla marketing (obviously). And here’s a brilliant example, courtesy of Mental Floss Magazine (“where knowledge junkies get their fix”). Read on… >The Idea: The story involves game maker Acclaim Entertainment of the UK. The idea? The company announced that it would pay all speeding tickets in England on […]

Idea of The Day: A bachelor pilot – looking for love?

>The Idea: The idea is ‘personal branding.’ Case in point: Jane Carstens. Jane is a professional matchmaker in Vancouver, Canada. Her company is called Matchmaker for Hire. But her company name is far less important than her personal name. Why? Because Jane ‘is’ the company. Ah, but she’s not alone. Her colleague, Jill Carter, is […]

Idea of The Week: Thinking newsletter? Here’s a great example!

>The Situation: An email. From L&W Restoration in Aldergrove, BC. Subject line: December Newsletter. Of course I open it, because owners Walter and Lori Kneip are not only long-time MD subscribers, they have also worked on my home (and did a brilliant job). Why do I want to share a bit of their story? Because […]

Idea of The Week: Has Mad Dog bit off more than he can chew?

>The Situation: Mad Dog Randy Bishop is a dangerous marketer. Why? Because his Mad Dog Source for Sports store in Abbotsford, BC (1.866.362.3364), is doing it again. Doing what? Doing a crazy stunt that promises anyone who buys anything at their 50% Off Sale (this weekend) that their entire purchase will be absolutely free of […]

Idea of The Week: Jim Pattison goes green-really!

>The Situation: A news story about Overwaitea Foods (billionaire Jim Pattison’s Western Canadian food empire – consisting of Save-On-Foods, Overwaitea Foods, PriceSmart Foods, Cooper’s Foods and Urban Fare Stores). And it reads: “Overwaitea Foods  has become the only retailer to sell sustainably grown Coho salmon, farmed on land, in a closed containment system.” If you […]

Idea of The Week: Where do golf nuts go in downtown Vancouver?

>The Situation: Question: where can you eat, drink and breathe golf in Vancouver’s downtown concrete core? If you’ve ever met friend and MD member, Darrell Ross, you know the answer. It’s Vancouver’s first ‘golf cafe’ (named ‘Links Golf Cafe,’ to be precise), opening in Spring, 2011, at Burrard and Pender. I missed the  pre-opening launch […]