Idea of The Week: Got a problem? There is ‘always’ a solution!

with Neil Godin >The Situation: Times are tough in debt-shattered Ireland. Tens of thousands of young adults are fleeing the country in search of jobs – as the country’s economy goes from bad to worse. But one frustrated job hunter, 26-year-old Feilim Mac An Iomaire, has refused to leave – and has captured the nation’s […]

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: Your free gift – an AK-47!

>The Idea: Now ‘this’ is marketing dangerously. At Nations Truck, in Sanford, Florida, they now give away an AK-47 assault rifle with every used truck sold (but only until November 30, so hurry on down!). Is it working? Yes, says sales manager, Nick Ginetta, “our sales have doubled.” >The Key Point: Hmm. Designed to raise […]

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: Today we double dare you!

>The Situation: An item in the paper. It reads: “KFC’s ‘Double Down’ sets Canadian sales record.”  I knew this would happen. I knew it. I have a direct mail piece in front of me, with a photo of KFC’s new ‘Double Down’ sandwich on the cover. When I saw it, I thought, “I’m going to […]

Idea of The Day: A town called Truth or Consequences? Who knew?

>The Idea: Today, a story in Fast Company magazine that you’ve gotta read. Here, I’ll print it for you: “In 1950, NBC’s quiz show ‘Truth or Consequences?’ was one of the most popular shows on radio (and later television). So when the show’s host, Ralph Edwards, announced on the air that he would broadcast from […]

Idea of The Day: Help! My burger’s been stolen!

>The Idea: On Tuesday I told you about the eye-stopping mannequin painting a ‘Do It Yourself and Save’ message on the outside wall of the D.I.Y. Cabinet Warehouse store in Burnaby, BC. Today, I’m delighted to share a follow-up story from MD regular Gordon Skillen (Executive Director of The Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada). […]

Idea of The Week: You – an Olympic racer?

>The Situation: If you’re like most of us, the thought of gettin’ down to the gym doesn’t exactly lift you up. But look at this. If you join Vancouver’s newest fitness center – at the Richmond Olympic Oval – you’re not going for a workout – you’re heading for head to head competition with the […]

Idea of The Day: Is there a dark side to social media?

>The Idea: During our 90-day Social Media Challenge we’re exploring many ways to use social media to build business. Today, The Flip Side – with a brief look at The Dark Side. Case in point: A demolition company. In Vancouver, Canada. Demolishing a downtown office building. No big deal. Except that one wall collapsed onto […]

Idea of The Week: It was ‘so’ un-Canadian…

> The Situation: What was it like? The end of a war? Ten thousand weddings held at the same time and place? St. Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday? Halloween in Halifax? (Now ‘that’ is a street party!) People hugging people they’ve never met. Police high-fiving partiers. Everyone screaming, “We’re Number One,” and “Go, Canada, Go,” […]