This weeks Idea: This picture is worth “way” more than a 1000 words!

“The Wilderness,” is a 6x10-foot romantic log cabin
hand hewn by A Fine Logbuilding Co. Ltd. in Chilliwack, BC.

with Neil Godin First the picture. Then the story. So here’s the picture… Isn’t that phenomenal? You’re looking at a log cabin made the old way – before logs were peeled and cut to fit – the way cabins had to be made when trappers and explorers had to build shelter with few tools and […]

This weeks Idea: Not sure about holding an event? Check out this one!

with Neil Godin  Lunch. At my favorite spot (The Beach House at Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver). With one of my (very) favorite people – Sarah Taylor, Ladies Floor Buyer, Merchandiser and Manager at The Choice (board and more store) in Cranbrook, BC. This was fun. Sarah was bursting to tell me all about the […]

This week’s Idea: Is there anything that Angie isn’t doing?!?!

Well Seasoned Christmas gift

with Neil Godin It all started innocently enough. I was enjoying dinner with my neighbor Sandi, when I spotted an envelope that looked like this: It was hard to photograph, and it’s also a bit hard to read. So. Let me read it for you…  Basically it tells Christmas holiday shoppers that if they return […]

You could do this…

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Imagine seeing this photo on a cement truck! Flippin’ through Google Images. (It’s one way I take a break.) Lookin’ for creative ads. And I get really excited when I find a gem like this one. Here have a good look (the caption reads, Cemex Fast Drying Concrete):     Isn’t that exciting? Can you […]

Old red phone booth makes Nova Scotia winery famous

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Old red phone booth makes Nova Scotia winery famous   Are you old enough to remember when highway gas stations attracted customers (and their kids) with signs that read, “STOP AND SEE THE WILD BEAR.” (Hey, neither am I J).  It was a disgusting and horrible thing to do to the bears that were penned […]

Now “this” is an irresistible offer!

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For sale: Building lots for Ten Bucks, in Reston, Manitoba.   Imagine that you’re the Reeve (think “Mayor”) of a small town in Manitoba, where the population (and the tax base) keeps falling. Oops, will the school have to close? Few real business/work opportunities for kids who’d like to stay (or return after going away […]

This week’s Idea: Should you (could you) run a contest?

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with Neil Godin  Our client, colleague and friend, Billy Carpenter, proprietor of Vin de Garde Modern Wine Cellars Inc. here in Vancouver, amazes us (again). This time with a contest inviting designers to submit their ideas for a wall mounted wine display system that Vin de Garde will manufacture. This is serious. The winner of […]

Idea of the Week: Fame by association?

with Neil Godin You’ve heard of guilt by association – today let’s talk about fame by association. Fame by association is related to the marketing term, “hitch-hike advertising.” Hitch-hiking means connecting ourselves with an event (like last year’s Vancouver Olympics), or a campaign, or cause, etc.  Here’s an example that inspired this week’s article.  My […]

Idea of the Week: Here’s a great example of corporate giving. Could we do something similar?

with Neil Godin Now here’s a non-profit marketing campaign with a real twist. I just received an email from a client in Victoria, BC (Darren Bertuccio of Bertuccio Kids, designers and makers of custom furnishings and play rooms for the wee ones).  Darren passed along an email he received from Lisa Arora of Get the […]

Idea of The Week: A flash mob? Singing opera?

>The Situation: An email. From MD regular, Ellen Edwards. It says, simply, “I found this most enjoyable and I’m sure even non lovers of opera will too.” And what is Ellen referring to? Well, it’s a YouTube video about…   Wait. Wait. Why not just click here and have a look for yourself? >The Idea: Isn’t […]