Posts Tagged ‘inspiration’

Team Coco and the new world of digital marketing

Mike | November 15th, 2010

Last May, when Conan O’Brien spoke to an audience at Google, he described his situation as akin to being “a prisoner in a 14th century cell writing little things on a piece of paper and throwing them out the window.” Having been contractually barred from television appearances upon his departure from NBC, Conan was forced […]

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Business plans for entrepreneurs: the three ‘Rs’ – Part I

Mike | November 8th, 2010

Some have argued that a business plan is not necessary when starting up your venture and that entrepreneurs can better spend their time on other things. I strongly disagree and argue that the very process of writing a business plan leads to a stronger, more sustainable business. In the following short video (the first in […]

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Tips for small business: 7 biases that can effect your decision making

Mike | October 18th, 2010

Einstein once said, “Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.” Common sense, Einstein was arguing, can often be the enemy of rationality, science, and fact-based decision-making. We are all guilty of this; every day our decisions are tinged by favoritism, rules of thumb, partiality, heuristics, predilection; call it what you will […]

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3 historical innovations and the businesses they birthed

Mike | October 6th, 2010

Innovation has been a driver in business for just about as long as business has existed. From the invention of the wheel (and the first appearance of tire salesmen on cave wall paintings) all the way up to the modern web browser (and the appearance of flashing ad banners and obnoxious pop-ups) businesses large and […]

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5 historic billboard campaigns (or everything old is new again)!

Mike | September 20th, 2010

Billboards and outdoor advertising have been around for almost 150 years now and in many  ways are precursors to, and cousins of, today’s online campaigns, both paid and viral.  Companies have been using techniques such as eye-catching design, creative content, and clever placement to create word-of-mouth and build buzz for their products dating back to […]

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