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

Marvin  4

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: 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: “You don’t want the girls involved, do you?”

“The girls” at work. Hmm. (Photo credit: SBA)

with Neil Godin  I’m preparing. To conduct a workshop on customer service telephone skills. For the good people who staff the registrar’s office at a local college. And I’m puzzled. I’m puzzled because I still don’t understand a mindset – among both front line staff – and among management at all levels – that mentally, […]

This weeks Idea: Bite the wax tadpole?

KFC – “Eat your fingers off?”

with Neil Godin I love the outrageous – and the erroneous – in advertising. So. Every now and then I do a Google search for things like “Outrageous billboards,” and “Ad Bloopers.” Just for fun. How much fun? Try these: Scandinavian vacuum manufacturer Electrolux used the following in an American campaign: “Nothing sucks like an […]

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 […]

This weeks Idea: Rita Sheloff: “Marketing Machine”

First her van gets attention (note the eyelashes)…

with Neil Godin I met Marketing Dangerously member Rita Sheloff when she worked with one of my sales coaching clients, Hills Foods (purveyors of exotic meats and wild game), here in Coquitlam, BC., and I remember her telling me that she had a little business on the side. But. Since leaving Hills last October, her […]

This weeks Idea: NDP Dog Sweaters-Auf the Wahl…

Matt Toner and his barkin’ brigade. 
Photo by The Province.

with Neil Godin A photo. In the Province newspaper. One of the local rags here in OurTown (Vancouver, Canada). That I had to tell you about. So pull in your chair and listen up (please)… How do you campaign when campaigning can’t be done?  The photo is a picture of Matt Toner, a political candidate […]