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Archive | August, 2014

Newsletter #1003: The “Blank Walls” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] So much amazing potential is in a blank wall. It can bring a community together, help you spread the word about […]

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You need a 14-year-old boy

Every so often companies get in trouble for an ad campaign that has some dirty double entendre. Sometimes they do it on purpose, but usually they miss it. Because mature professionals aren’t looking for crude sex references in everything. Maybe you need a teenager or frat guy to help avoid unintentional scandal or offence. A […]

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Steal?

We have a new method for creating websites: We sort of steal things. It’s hard to come up with a perfect vision for a new site on a blank screen. So we have the entire team surfing for inspiration. We look at hundreds of sites and see what we love. A little of this color […]

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Hi! I’m back.

I haven’t written my daily blog posts in a few months, but I’m back, and plan to hit it regularly again. This is my biggest break since I started writing in 2001, and I’m glad I did it. I had a lot of deep strategic and marketing writing to do for the company, so I […]

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You might want to take a look at this

A real thing I found on eBay:

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Why the Ice Bucket Challenge works

Because it takes advantage of the fundamental principles of word of mouth marketing: Find people who already have big networks and get them to share Make people look good when they share Keep it fun, not an obligation P.S. Here’s a interesting investigation of the history of the phenomenon.

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3 buzzworthy displays that don’t cost a thing

This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. Most brick-and-mortar businesses have in-store displays, and most are doing the standard marketing stuff with them (like decorating for the holidays). But as all word of mouth marketers know, doing what everyone […]

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Newsletter #1002: The “Lessons from a Texas Grocery Store” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] If you’re from Texas, you’ve heard of H-E-B. It’s the central Texas grocery store that people are actually proud of. It’s […]

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Newsletter #1001: The “Real People” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I’d Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] Real people: They work for you, they buy stuff from you, and they spread the word about you. And yet, most […]

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