This week’s Idea: Huh? Democrat Obama praises a Republican company?

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with Neil Godin Minnesota Republicans were blown away when President Obama went out of his way to salute a Minnesota company (and long time Republican financial supporter) for not laying off any of its 4300 workers during the disastrous Great Recession that is (just about) at an end. Obama said that Marvin Windows and Doors, […]

This week’s Idea: “Psst. Want to buy a house cheap?”

Foreclosure

 with Neil Godin Another email (keep those cards and letters coming). This time from MD Member, and Mortgage Merlin, John Charbonneau – one of the most active mortgage brokerage marketers we’ve ever encountered. And. Here he goes again. This time, John is using out of the box thinking, plus education-based marketing, to find new and […]

This week’s Idea: Want to go bowling with Obama?

Did this cheap stunt keep a bowling alley out of bankruptcy?

with Neil Godin An email. From long time friend and MD member, Joyanna Anthony (“The Idea Lady”). “Thought you’d get a chuckle from this idea,” her email read. And I did. Well, sort of.  Here, first look at the picture, then I’ll tell you the story (if it isn’t already told)… Need I say more? […]

This week’s Idea: Why did meat sales surge on “Meatless Monday?

Lorne McMillan carves the leg of a 350-pound water buffalo.

with Neil Godin Meatless Monday? Never heard of it. Nor had hundreds of other Vancouverites who swarmed a new biz called West Broadway Meat Co. on a recent Monday. Why did their meat sales surge on Meatless Monday? Because Head Butcher Lorne McMillan put the word out that they would hold a public butchering of […]

This weeks Idea: Giant snake on city bus rocks Copenhagen

Giant Snake on Copenhagen Bus

with Neil Godin I love everything about it. The shock value. The technology.  The creative thinking. And the public reaction. Here. Look at this… Now does that – or does that not – look like an actual boa constrictor wrapped around that bus? Look at the detail. The 3D ride-wrapping graphics. And the drama – […]

This weeks Idea: If drones can serve sushi, can they serve you?

The iTray – an iPad-controlled device, flies through the air to brings food to customers.

with Neil Godin If you’re not familiar with Springwise, let’s get you familiar. It’s a website/blog/newsletter that scours the earth, every week, in search of the brightest entrepreneurial ideas out there. If you’re not yet a subscriber, go to www.springwise.com – now – and be prepared to be blown away. If you’re already a subscriber, […]

This weeks Idea: Now “This” is Roadside Marketing!

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with Neil Godin Walking down the street. Here in beautiful downtown Langley, BC. When I’m stopped in my tracks by…this:   “This” is a 1946 Chevrolet Panel Delivery Vehicle owned and restored by Randy O’Grady of Ultra Digital Printing and Signs, here in Langley. What a traffic stopper!  When I returned to my home office […]

This Weeks Idea: Now “this” is a guarantee!

Hope-Wilderness-Adjust + Crop + Vertical-brighter

with Neil Godin Had a meeting this morning. With one of my all time favorite marketing and sales coaching clients. Eric Menard. Master log and timber builder, and proud and humble owner of finelogbuilding.com, a local (Chilliwack, BC) company. Fine Log designs and builds anything (and everything) to do with natural logs and heavy timbers […]

This weeks Idea: Yoga that’s too hot to touch?

The Yoga Guy. Fake questions. True answers. Brilliant marketing!

with Neil Godin His name is Chris Ridout. He’s the owner of Zoomer Yoga in Coquitlam, BC. You’ve never heard of him. And neither have I. But. Chris is using a marketing strategy that’s as old as the hills (and as new as tomorrow) to guarantee that a lot more people will have heard of […]

Idea of The Week: A zip lock bag, 4 Advils, a napkin & printed instructions?

with Neil Godin >The Situation: An email. From MD regular Vicky White, of Life Design Strategies. Telling me about her trip to the endodontist for a root canal. But she didn’t want to talk about the root canal – she wanted to share what happened as she left the doctor’s office. “I was handed a […]