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Marketing: Good or Evil?

This long weekend, I watched ALL SIX Star Wars episodes, in “chronological” order, i.e. Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and then 6. Never having done this before, it was quite eye-opening and perhaps “sunk in” better than it ever did before. Central to the story is the theme of Good versus Evil. Some things…

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Loyalty Marketing

I had a terrific meeting with Jason Jones of Vertical Motion in Calgary yesterday, and he showed me his company’s latest product, called eTrove — a loyalty marketing platform. While large companies such as Shoppers Drug Mart and Starbucks typically have multi-million dollar loyalty card programs, smaller and mid-sized businesses often find it very difficult…

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Passion with Purpose

The Secret Art of Volunteering: Presentation Review When I sat down to listen to Ken Lima-Coelho’s presentation last Friday, I didn’t expect to learn anything new. How pompous is that? What could he possibly have to say in a talk called Strategic Volunteering: Strengthening your Community while Building your Business that wasn’t obvious and hadn’t…

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Marketing Predictions 2014

It’s January, and after having read through a plethora of expert predictions on what’s to come in the field of marketing over the next year, I thought I would offer my own “crystal ball” — educated prediction! 1. A Return to Strategy In the past couple of years, we marketers have been told to pump…

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Think Before You Tweet

It seems that the news is absolutely peppered these days with individuals in political power making poor ethical decisions. Is the quality of our elected officials going downhill?  Maybe.  But I think it’s more likely that we, the public, just know more about what they think, believe and do, now.  Why? Because they’re telling us….

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Leadership in Marketing

Since expanding our team over the past two years, I have begun to learn what it takes to be a leader in the world of marketing. After having flying solo for the first 15 years or so, leading a team is a lot different, and has changed many things. It’s different than just being “leading-edge”…

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