Posts Tagged ‘Strategy’

Marketing 101: channel management and the digital domain

Mike | August 22nd, 2011

A marketing channel can be defined as a system used to make goods, services, or concepts available for consumption. The very best businesses are adept at managing their marketing channels and can effectively transmit goods and services from the points of conception, extraction, or production to their customer and can gain significant competitive advantage in the process. […]

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Small business news: the debt ceiling deal. Good for small biz, or not so much?

Mike | August 8th, 2011

After an incredibly painful ordeal, the United States Congress gave birth to a new piece of legislation last week; the deal averted a debt crisis, trimmed the federal government’s budget by trillions of dollars, increased the amount of money the government is authorized to borrow, and has the potential to impact the lives of millions […]

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Small business and startup tips: training day!

Mike | July 18th, 2011

Just like our larger brethren in the Fortune 100, lots of small businesses have training programs for their workers: lectures, classes, role-playing exercises, and motivational speaker sessions. However, most small businesses and startups ignore training programs altogether, or cobble together ad hoc strategies when on-boarding new hires. These differing approaches are sometimes stylistic, sometimes strategic, […]

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Marketing 101: Branding your business in a competitive environment

Mike | July 11th, 2011

Establishing a brand in a competitive environment can be challenging for any business, particularly small businesses and startups. Not every business represents a “new-to-the-world” idea, and not every company has the luxury of exclusive ownership of a market segment. There are literally thousands of examples this: a new entrant in a market establishes a brand […]

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America’s founding entrepreneurs: revolution at work

Mike | July 5th, 2011

On this Independence Day, 2011 I have been thinking about the summer of ’76 and America’s Founding Fathers. Their importance to the world has been analyzed every way imaginable; thousands of books have been written about their efforts and accomplishments, and they are held up to generations as examples of great political and military leaders. […]

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Not Everyone Is The Right Customer

Ross | June 29th, 2011

A few days ago, Christian Jung, a designer and consultant from Germany wrote an interesting post – Goodbye Basecamp, This Is The End Of A True Love. My Heart Is Broken, explaining why he would no longer use Basecamp, popular project management software created by 37signals. Christian decided that after six years, his needs changed […]

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The CLV three step: drive, convert, enrich.

Mike | June 27th, 2011

In a post last week, Ross discussed the need to find a balance between driving traffic and conversion for web-based businesses. It’s a great video and a very valuable discussion of one critical issue of strategic emphasis that many web-based businesses grapple with. Ross’s overriding point was that a business should not choose between a […]

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Lean Marketing 101: Giving good interview, or how to get a reporter to eat from your hand

Mike | June 20th, 2011

In the world of startups and small business there are two basic kinds of company: those the media pays attention to, and all the rest. If  your company has a compelling story, a unique product , or an interesting personality behind it you may be fortunate to leverage that advantage and convince a reporter to […]

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Entrepreneurship at its most basic

Mike | June 13th, 2011

Greg Hartle is re-learning the hard way what it means to be an entrepreneur. A successful small businessman with a decade of experience, he set out this past winter to visit all 50 states, to interview 501 entrepreneurs from across the country and, at the same time,to  reinvent his life from scratch. On January 5th, […]

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Small business and startups: 5 tips for a safe exit

Mike | May 31st, 2011

Many of small business owners eventually find themselves at a crossroads and have to give serious thought about winding their way out of the business they built. This can be for many reasons including strategic objectives, retirement, or just plain ennui. Sometimes running a business for many years can lead to questioning the business model […]

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