Idea of The Week: Can this be legal?

>The Situation: This can’t be very smart. It’s an ad – run by H&R Block (the Big Guys in tax preparation with 22 million customers worldwide) – offering to teach people how to do their own tax returns. Why would they do that? Because they can’t lose. If you sign up for their course, you […]

Idea of The Week: Ready for a ‘Gutsploder’ bike ride?

>The Situation: Velocity Cycles. Open here in MyTown (Langley, BC) for a couple of years now. At first VC was a small shop located in a small mall. Now, the mall’s still small, but VC has doubled in size. Why? I think it’s because they engage their audience. They don’t just sell bikes. They ride […]

Idea of The Week: Are you ready for ‘this’ emergency?

>The Situation: This is brilliant. Knowing the reason why many of us avoid crowded city buses, Gillette Right Guard Deodorant marketers hit a home run with what I’m calling ‘the guerrilla marketing campaign of the year.’ See what you think… >The Idea: The idea was to take full advantage of our fear and loathing of […]

Idea of The Week: Can a bank have a heart?

>The Situation: An email. From MD regular Joyanna Anthony (Hi Joyanna!). She writes: “I participated in a focus group two weeks ago. Topic: banking. The facilitator said a banker would join us and they would tag team the meeting – looking for the good, the bad and the ugly in terms of bank service.” Fast […]

Idea of The Week: Where would you walk slowly and touch everything?

 > The Situation: South Granville Street. Vancouver. A sunny Saturday. Perfect day for lunch at Ouisi (pronounced wheez-ee), which is short for Louisiana, which is short for spicy hot, delicious food), and a little walkabout. Which brings me to this week’s item.  > The Idea: The idea this week is to do exactly the opposite […]

Idea of The Day: Check this out!

> The Idea: I’m excited. And I don’t know where to start. Okay. At the beginning. An email arrives from MD member, Rev. Angelica Taggart. It says, “Just moved to Baltimore, MD and in looking for furniture stores on line, came across this one.” And what a find. > The Key Point: Rev. Angelica is […]

Today: Dave’s on a Roel?

 > The Situation: Dave Roels isn’t just a photographer. He’s an institution. As the “Official Photographer In Residence” at The Vancouver Board of Trade, Dave meets, greets (and photographs), just about everyone who’s anyone—locally, and from around the world. He has a very busy and successful business. A huge client list. And a constant flow […]

Today: “You are cordially invited…”

 > The Situation: I’m in Prince George, BC, working with Marlene Fehr-Power and her great team at Winton Global Homes. It’s evening and I’m about to enjoy dinner at the Coast Inn of the North hotel’s Shogun Restaurant (yes). But it looks like I’ll be making a detour. Because. There, slipped under the door, is […]

Today: It’s a buyer’s market. Go find buyers!

 > The Situation: MD member and winning realtor, George Porter, told me recently of an associate in his Sutton West Coast Realty office, in Langley, BC, named Judy Singer. I had asked George, “who do you know who is doing exceptionally well despite the downturn?” Judy, he said, “You must talk to Judy.” So. Talk […]

Today: “Sock and awe” game’s a big hit!

 > The Situation: A few week’s ago US Prez George Bush dodged a leathery bullet—when a young Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at him during a press conference.  Bad news for the journalist (still in jail). Good news for internet marketer Fubra World in England. Within hours of the shoe pitch, Fubra’s programmers posted a […]