On Saturday, I attended a Donald Trump rally in Portsmouth, NH as part of my ongoing study and analysis of the marketing aspects of the U.S. Presidential election. It was my second Trump rally (the first was prior to the New Hampshire primary). During this election cycle I also attended rallies with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio. For a marketing geek there’s no better ongoing case study.Read More
I frequently speak with people who run local businesses such as real-estate agencies, law firms, bike shops, and the like. These entrepreneurs are frequently interested in the ideas of real-time marketing, social networking, and content creation to grow their businesses but are struggling to find a way to create something of interest to their local market.Read More
What a weekend! I couldn’t stop watching the real reality show that is the US Presidential Election. Over the several past days I have been multitasking with social media, reading the pundits and news reports online (thank you Google News), and watching the cable news political talk shows. And to cap off the excitement there was a town hall style debate last night. I didn’t get much sleep.Read More
Watching the Vice Presidential Debate on Tuesday night was frustrating. The candidates, especially Democrat Tim Kaine, talked over one another and frequently ignored the moderator. Soon after the debate, the majority of observers declared Republican Mike Pence the “winner”.Read More
I always love sharing examples of success and today we have a fun one from the world of sports.
Most professional sports teams, when ready to make an announcement like a new player joining, follow the “old rules”. They just write a press release and then share the news with the handful of reporters who regularly cover the team. That’s typically all that's done to get the word out.Read More
Recently I had an opportunity to meet with Roseann Canfora, chief communications officer for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and spend a day with her entire team.
I led a session on Real-Time Marketing and PR but I think I learned more from them than they from me. It was an incredibly interesting to hear how CMSD deploys journalism techniques to communicate to students, parents, the media, and the wider Cleveland community.Read More
I get hundreds of pitches from people each week, mostly via email.They want to tell me about their product or service or they want to sell me something. I’m sure you get a bunch too. Read More
Ten years ago today, Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah co-founded HubSpot with a SaaS-based marketing platform as the initial offering the company was working on. Happy birthday HubSpot(!)
Brian and Dharmesh recognized that the way people buy products and services had changed. People were doing independent research on the Web, and companies needed to adapt in order to reach them.Read More
Selfies are a thing. Love them or hate them, they are a part of modern smartphone culture, no more so than on a Presidential candidate rope line. Hillary Clinton has figured out how to optimize selfies for social sharing. It’s a small but fascinating marketing technique!
Presidential candidates are constantly asked to pose for selfies on the campaign trail. The fact that they are at the event to win votes means they feel an obligation to take as many as they can.Read More