This weeks Idea: Park ‘n shower?

Aro 27:The Mother of All Bike Cafes?

with Neil Godin From our friends at springwise.com. Another great example of creative entrepreneurship. This time featuring a business in Sao Paulo, Brazil, called Aro 27. The basic idea is simple: more and more people are taking the bike to work instead of the car. It’s a great way to exercise…and a great way to […]

This weeks Idea: In this story the plot sickens (er, thickens)…

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with Neil Godin It’s an email. From friend, neighbor and Marketing Dangerously member, Peter Holland. About an email that Peter received from a friend in Britain. About one of the most bizarre examples of customer disservice that I’ve ever come across.  Here. You be the judge… He just wanted to cut a board in half […]

Idea of The Week: Let ’em eat chocolate?

>The Situation: Margaret was a difficult case. Agitated, combative, reluctant to eat, she would hit staff and fellow residents at nursing homes, and had been kicked out of several. All that changed when she reached the Beatitudes nursing home in Phoenix, Arizona. Chucking all the usual rules, Beatitudes allowed the 96 year old Alzheimer’s patient […]

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: 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 Day: Springwise delivers bright ideas by the dozen!

>The Idea: Sluggish. Stale. Stuck. We all feel that way, at least at times. A simple solution? Springwise. If you already know about Springwise then you know that ‘this’ is a source of real inspiration – once a week, 52 weeks a year. If you haven’t been tipped off to this site, then this is […]

Idea of The Week: WIND Mobile tucks customer care message into recruiting ad

>The Situation: This is so smart that I have to believe it’s intentional. It’s an ad. By upstart Canadian cell service, WIND Mobile. And its headline reads: “Hey people. We’re hiring people who treat people like people.” The text goes on to say, “WIND Mobile is launching in your city. And we’re looking to hire […]

Idea of The Day: Wanna fight?

> The Idea: Here in Canada last week, the gloves were off – and it was down and dirty. Why? Because every year at this time, our homegrown coffee and donut behemoth, Tim Horton’s, holds its “roll up the rim to win” contest – recognized world wide as one of the greatest marketing campaigns ever. […]

Idea of The Day: How stories get around…

> The Idea: Someone named Laynie Kelly told a blogger named Drew McLelland – who told his readers (including an MD member named Chris Mapson, of Winton Global Homes) – about a cab driver named Frank.  Why? > The Key Point: Well, because Frank is a cab driver with a difference.  How different?  What different? […]

Idea of The Week: This guy saved my life!

 > The Situation: On the phone. With Barry Tupper of FPInnovations in Halifax. Planning a seminar series for his members (people who make beautiful things out of wood before they sell it) in Newfoundland. This is exciting. A chance to get back to the rock. But that’s not today’s item. The item is a little […]