I suppose we all have the feeling that there is "just so much to say", sadly, this is often untrue. So, let’s see if this can be about stuff that is worth reading, or is at least interesting.

Friday, December 5, 2008


Here are some excerpts from an interview with Seth Godin about radio that I thought were rather interesting. The interview was given by Mark Ramsey at Hear 2.0. Basically the question to ask one's self is: Who are you trying to reach and why?

…what they can’t get out of their iPod is the sense of connection and belonging. What they can’t get out of other forms of media is the sense of being in a select community, and the mistake that so many radio stations have made is they abandon that in favor of another point on their Cume.

So if you’re an advertiser and you have a choice between reaching a ton of people who couldn’t care less, and so you have to talk really fast, yell, and make obscene promises on the radio to get them to show up at your dealership, or reach a smaller group of people about something that they’re very interested in in a very connected way, in the long run advertisers are going to come back to the smaller, more tightly knit group...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Product Life Cycles

While the new market place will enhance the ability of a company to create niche products that cater to specific people there will be less opportunity for specific products to maintain a long life in the marketplace. Below are two early drafts of graphs that I quickly drew up to display the idea that there will be a need to move more quickly with the introduction of your product and then a new immediate need to adjust it to the desires of your consumer.

Product life cycles will shorten as a result of the new market place created by web.



Friday, November 7, 2008


I heard a story the other day about a Realtor that was cooking meals for his possible home buyers. Apparently he is a good cook, and can think outside the box.

How are you setting your business apart from the rest? What is your differentiation?

Friday, October 31, 2008

5 things to consider

Make the most out of what it is you do:

Be a leader; get people interested in what you have to say.

Be accountable; consumers will voice an opinion about you, let them.

Embrace your competition; they are the ones who will push you to greatness.

Push it to the limit; make your product the best of it’s kind.

Focus your efforts; there is no way to be the best at anything if you try to do everything.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Less is more?

I have been playing with the create your own social networking site ning.com.

As is only natural this makes me return to thoughts of niche markets… You can make a Facebook or a MySpace, but that is pretty broad and I presume that there will be a struggle to gain users. If however, you limit the sites capabilities and make a specific function for the site to perform, it should appeal to a more specifically interested and hopefully "truer fan" of the site.

The future of web is pointing towards a very particular user that should and will be able to find an exact match for what they are looking for in regards to anything. All that we have to do is find a need, fill it, and hang on.

Also we should figure out where revenue can come from without the clutter of ads. (Another day perhaps.)

Friday, October 17, 2008

Go Global

Time to think on a global level, as the economy slows down in America there is still business overseas. The web, greater shipping capacity and the desire for niche products lends so well to global business. Why wouldn’t you take the opportunity to expand your business now? Spreading your business to a global level will allow you to create a buffer between your business and whatever “at home economic turbulence” you may be suffering from. While everyone else is concerned with what is happening here, go there! Local business will always be a part of your revenue system, but my bet is that once you go global and reap the benefits of the expanded client base you will laugh about the days when your business was a fraction of the size and your profitability margins were dictated by the weather outside your office window.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Marketing Coffee

Recently, I was looking for a place to take care of some quick design tweaks for a side project that I am working on and I only had a short while between meetings. Needed Wi-Fi, needed coffee, needed space on my way from point A to point B. Obvious choice, coffee shop. I stopped at the first place that I saw, and loved it. They had great space, good light, advertised Wi-Fi, and sold the coffee that I prefer to drink. (I try to keep my coffee habits to fair trade coffee for reasons that I feel are erroneous in regards to this post.) This place even had posters up for live local music that I recognized and enjoy. What a find!

Before leaving, I asked the barista/manager to tell me their web address so I could bookmark it or hopefully even RSS menu specials and upcoming shows. Let’s be honest, really just to remind me that the place exists. Her response was that although it was funny because a lot of people ask about it, they had no intention of setting anything like that up. It was too expensive and too time consuming.

How many people have to directly ask for something before it becomes a need? Keep in mind the amount of people who didn’t take the time to ask. The creation of mailing lists and a website or a blog is not just to drive new business in it is to enhance the experience for existing business.

I wonder how long it will be before small businesses realize the importance of the web. Most of the needs for this coffee shop would be fulfilled by even just a blog to help remain in people’s thoughts. Updates on the specials for the week, alerts as to what music will be playing on the weekend, an interesting story about how you are helping the community you do business in perhaps? Hey manager, you can make this blog yourself! Maybe even use it to have people sign up for a mailing list (email or direct) so that you can reach your customers that way. You are not being intrusive if you ask for people to sign up. If it is something that people don’t want they don’t sign up. The important thing is to keep them off the unsubscribe list.

Business is not always about making the best cup of coffee.