Fighting Fire with Education

We who live in the canyons and foothills of California are constantly concerned about the threat of wildfires. After the devastating 2007 Santiago Fire, which destroyed ten homes, our local Fire Safe Council mobilized a multi-faceted fire prevention program through education and events. Our objective was to inform and motivate…

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Capitalizing on Old Fashion Service

Today when the Internet seems to be the place where buyers are flocking to buy products. Shops and retail stores are feeling the sales pinch. Sure, shopping on-line does offer a wide variety of products at very competitive prices, but what is lacking in the e-commerce world is that personal…

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WILL YOUR BUSINESS SURVIVE?

In today’s current depressed economic climate, and times of market uncertainty, many businesses have gone into a “holding pattern”, reluctant to make aggressive marketing plans or allocate promotional spending. This is understandable. Business owners do not want to launch promotional campaigns when sales may not result. So they take the…

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Marketing to Graybeards

It is interesting to note that with the current Internet marketing frenzy of websites, email promotions and Social Media, that a large marketing segment is being overlooked. Today, when Millennia’s would rather text than talk, Social Media and On-Line shopping have emerged as the contemporary phenomenon to shop and buy.…

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ART DIRECTED PHOTOGRAPHY

What is Art Directed Photography? That is when the Art Director or the Designer who is creating the advertising, in which the photo is to be used, directs the photographer. Why can’t the photographer just shoot the photo without an art director? They can, but it is a gamble. Because…

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Building a Great Print Ad

Creating a great print ad is not just assembling a layout with a headline, photo, some copy and a logo, but is an orchestrated sequence of factors and functions designed to meet a strategic objective. Building an ad is like building a house. First you have to determine the location,…

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Marketing Consultant, Hired Gun

In the old west a town Sheriff would seek outside professional help to resolve a problem. These “Hired Guns” were professionals, brought in on an as needed basis, to bolstered local law enforcement by providing their special abilities and talents. Today, marketers can call on outside professionals in much the…

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Successful Marketing: Science + Creativity + Timing!

“Here is what I want to say”, is a statement I have heard many times over the years. My reply is, “It is more important what your customer wants to hear.” Business owners have told me, “I know my market and how to advertise to it.” Some marketers rely on…

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