Regular readers of my blog know that I have been writing and speaking about the marketing aspects of the US Presidential election for 18 months now. My analysis culminated less than 12 hours after Trump was declared the winner when I delivered a talk on November 9 at the HubSpot INBOUND conference titled Trump, Bush, Clinton, & Sanders: How Inbound Marketing and Inbound Sales Decided the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. Video of that talk is now available.Read More
Election day is upon us. Finally. It’s been, like, forever. Most Americans - indeed most of the world - has had more than enough of the back and forth of this contentious campaign season. While many are fed up, I’ve enjoyed it immensely. I’m fired up.Read More
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
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
Debates are a reality show, and last night’s episode certainly delivered.
At podiums just 12 feet apart we had the first woman nominee of a major political party running for President and the first non-politician from a major political party to participate in a televised general election debate.* There were high expectations from all and in my opinion the spectacle didn’t disappoint.Read More
Just a few hours after introducing her father, Donald J. Trump, before his address to the delegates at the Republican National Convention last week, Ivanka Trump tweeted a photo of herself on stage with a link to a Macy's store listing of the Ivanka Trump brand Sleeveless Studded Sheath Dress like the one she was wearing.Read More
Early this month I was in London working with my friend Tony Robbins on an information product we will be launching in August called New Marketing Mastery.
While we were chatting, conversation drifted to the US Presidential election. We were having so much fun analyzing the candidates positioning strategy and marketing tactics that we filmed part of the conversation.
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