Category Archives: Promotions

Advertising to Make You Smile

Over the past few years the guys at Howard Hughes  Appliance, TV, and Sleep Shop have used their radio advertising on April 1st to feature imaginative new products or uses for existing products, invented solely to give listeners a little chuckle. … Continue reading

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Penetrating the Consumer Brain

The goal of all advertising is simply to penetrate the human brain*, the seat of all our thoughts, emotions, and choices. My goal as an advertising professional – and yours as a business owner – is to make your company the … Continue reading

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Professional Voice-over and Narration for…Five Bucks?

The post at Radio Sales Cafe, from a Chicago-area radio guy, read: “5 DOLLARS! Check me out on FIVERR” Intrigued and a bit skeptical, I clicked on the link. Sure enough, there he was. Chicago-area radio announcer will cut your … Continue reading

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Dazzling Them With Brilliance in Moscow, ID

You can’t drive by this thing without noticing it.  And that, of course, was the whole idea: make it BIG, COLORFUL, and IN YOUR FACE!!  The first time I saw it, I thought, “WOW! Brilliant marketing, Tri-State!!” Each side of … Continue reading

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An Expensive Lesson on the Value of Branding (Guest Blog)

{Thanks to the irrepressible Phil Bernstein of Portland, OR for this insightful post on the value of brand advertising, reprinted here with his permission.} Recently I met with the Executive Vice President of a phone and Internet company in the … Continue reading

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Context Matters

Whenever I meet with a new advertising client or prospect, one of the first items of business is to come to a meeting of the minds concerning the singular importance of: The Message. What-the-ad-says has more to do with the … Continue reading

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Is Your Brand a Joke?

I enjoy a funny story as much as anyone.  But not every joke is worth telling, certainly not in all places, at all times. Just because you can tell it doesn’t mean that you should. Context matters, it really does.  … Continue reading

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Best-Selling Wizard of Ads Trilogy…FREE!

If Roy H. Williams has advertised this elsewhere, I’ve not seen it.  But earlier this week, as I was poking around the Wizard’s website, I happened to notice that he’s making available FREE (for how long?) all three of his … Continue reading

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The Problem With Groupon-style Deals

Earlier this month a friend shared this story of a bakery owner who lost $8000 cash honoring an ill-advised experiment with Groupon. Not surprisingly, their unfortunate experience isn’t an isolated incident.  Did you happen to see this article from the … Continue reading

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