Gearing to Shake Things Up? Take a Lesson from Cadillac

Gearing to Shake Things Up? Take a Lesson from Cadillac

In 2013 Cadillac sold 182,543 cars. That’s 15,211 cars per month, and 507 per day. That seems like a lot. And, in many ways, it is. In fact, those numbers sound like a healthy company. At an average price of $62,352.50, that’s $11.3 billion (with a “B”). Which is...
Don’t Forget To Get The Basics Right

Don’t Forget To Get The Basics Right

Too often we get mired into the weeds of our businesses. I like to say that we get too busy working IN the business to work ON the business. On Marketing is guilty of this, too. We drill down and stay in the weeds on all of this marketing communications stuff we do....
Warren Buffett Washes Down Cheetos with Cherry Coke

Warren Buffett Washes Down Cheetos with Cherry Coke

I recently had the distinct pleasure of seeing Warren Buffett speak at an event. The books and articles written about him elevate him to nearly superhuman abilities. Some claim he can see the future, or that he turns everything he touches into gold, or that he can buy...
Quit Dismissing the Value of Conventions

Quit Dismissing the Value of Conventions

Limited budgets force tough decisions sometimes. Consider the issue of attending a trade show or convention. Trade shows cost a lot. You have the hotel, the show ticket itself (they are usually about $1,000), the food, the car rental or cab, etc. Plus, it’s tough to...
Becoming the Best Can’t Be Cheap or Easy

Becoming the Best Can’t Be Cheap or Easy

Ferrari. What do you think about when you hear that name? The name conjures beautiful images to mind, right? The first few things I think of are the color red, the prancing horse, that sound, and decades of Formula One racing success. But, there’s another reality,...
A Holiday Challenge That Will Transform Your Business

A Holiday Challenge That Will Transform Your Business

One of the reasons I love the holidays so much is that I take some time to think. Everything slows down. Everyone is usually a bit kinder. That’s the way I articulate “the magic” of the holidays. It’s a bit idealistic. But if you look for it you’ll see it, too. It is...
Black Friday Lessons for Every Business

Black Friday Lessons for Every Business

How was your Black Friday shopping experience? Being the marketing nerd that I am, I can’t resist the urge to visit a few stores on Black Friday. The experience in each store varies widely, and often in interesting ways. You can learn a lot about a business, its...
Is Your Marketing An Investment or An Expense?

Is Your Marketing An Investment or An Expense?

If you see your marketing as an expense, it’s just a line item on your budget. That’s about it. You know you need to do marketing, so you pay for some. It’s not a daily thought, it’s not something you check up on a lot, it’s just something that gets done. A task to...