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It's causing the death of a generation. Or at least the communication of the millennial generation. And we're all becoming infected. My wife is trying to save our family. She's identified an antidote. It's called "20 minutes of no technology during dinner". If my symptoms are particularly bad, sh...
Doctors will tell you that pizza slowly kills you. But in this case, it may have lead to a very quick death for a car dealership in Westport.. You may have already heard the story. But you may not have realized the implications. Here's what you might have missed. The video, which was posted to Yo...
I'll never forget the line growing up. "Say hi to grandma and grandpa.  But don't forget - it's long distance!" I'll also never forget our AOL account.  The painful sound of dialing up.  The excitement of hearing, "you've got mail".  The thrill of talking to my friends in chatrooms about God know...
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This is one of those random little bonus blogs that I think is worth throwing out there from time to time. First of all - have you met Manny Rivera yet?   The guy is a technical genius, as evidenced in his latest blog here.  Manny is the biggest technical geek I've ever met.  And I love him for i...
I'm sitting in Starbucks enjoying some coffee last week and trying to get a few reports done...and there are two guys in their mid-20's having a conversation next to me. I'm not sure if the bourbon I'm smelling was snuck into their coffee or seeping from their pores. "Dude - I quit my job like a ...
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It's a term that's become wildly overused.  "Hacks".  Somehow the idea of hacking went from being something that gets you arrested to something that gets you bonus points in life. So hell - let's run with it.  Here are some LinkedIn "hacks" that you may not have known about to help you grow your ...
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Happy New Year, rainers. Couple of questions for you....followed by some analysis. 1) Outside of the typical Trulia, Zillow, etc. - where do you spend your advertising dollars?  Social media?  Traditional advertising?  Other? 2) Do you have a website that's specific to YOU?  Is it responsive? Doi...
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My generation didn't have the problem that our parents' generation had with QVC. The whole shopping in the middle of the night because we are insomniacs?  Oh, it's happening alright.  Just not with "as seen on TV" products. That's because these new generations of buyers are driving an "it's all ...
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Let's face it. There's a ton of noise out there. There's SO much noise, in fact, that many business owners are left wondering how they can possibly get their message out there in a way that can be heard. Many companies incorporate cause-based marketing into their strategy. The idea that helping o...
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Many of us were coloring before we even knew what the word "coloring" was. My parents like telling the story about how I opened up a wrapped present and found a brand new box of Crayola's. "I got tayons, people!" I proudly announced to the world. Creativity began with a crayon.  Scribbles.  Doodl...
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I remember being excited senior year of high school when thinking about our future class reunion.  My excitement stemmed from a movie I had watched.  In the movie, the star was the ugly duckling growing up.  When he arrived at his class reunion, he was a rich hunk with a gorgeous bride.  I couldn...
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Your closet is full of stories and they're doing absolutely no good sitting on a shelf. One of our favorite clients, Always Best Care Senior Services, is sponsoring a coat drive. There are lots of great causes to support - especially at this time of year. That's what makes it easy to forget so ma...
It's the world's largest soft drink maker.  And they want you to start texting.  Sort of like the rest of the world. According to an internal memo from Chief Information Officer Ed Steinike at Coca Cola, office voicemail was shut down this month to "simplify the way we work and increase productiv...
  If you're one of those P.C. Grinches that doesn't want to hear anything about Santa, than this piece isn't for you.  But for all those of you who want to find a lesson in marketing through the spirit of Christmas, read on. I don't care what you may or may not celebrate.  My hope for each and ev...
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If you're like me...you're sick and tired of being duped by mobile ads. You know what I'm talking about - the ads that fool you into accidentally clicking them. The companies placing the ads are clever.  More and more of them are being designed in a way that increases the chances that users will ...
You've been going about it all wrong.   You thought you were making more money by spending less money.  You thought you were growing the business by tightening your belt. You were wrong. This is the quick lesson in how to give yourself an immediate raise by spending more money. What's Your Worth?...
Young.  Is it about age...or is it about a state of mind? I'd argue that it may be neither. Since I was a kid, I've been told that I am an "old soul".  Yet now that I'm older, I like to think that I have a youthful perspective on business.   Let's face it.  As we get older, many people become jad...
I need you to watch this 10 second clip.  It's the entire basis of today's blog.  And do me a favor.  Try and pick out just one conversation.   I shot this quick clip on my cell phone last night from behind the bar at a Christmas party we hosted for one of our referral groups, The Breakfast Club....
Texting isn't his thing - but he has a smart phone. Communication is his strength - but he can't figure out how to put the phone on vibrate. He'll always take your phone call - but you're better off having lunch with the guy. Yesterday, I spent three hours in the car with the old bull.  The age d...
When I worked for NBC, I put together a series called "The Faith Project".  The idea was to look at the role of faith in our lives. Not organized religion, but FAITH. Let's face it.  We live in a world where it feels as if we have to be ultra politically correct.  If you ask me, it's pretty sad. ...

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