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The Riskiest Thing We Can Do

From Mitch Joel’s new book CTRL ALT DELETE he uses this quote from Seth Godin. I love it. Being more average isn’t going to get you anywhere. Being like everyone else won’t work. You must be different.

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“You don’t win by being more average than other people in your industry.
You don’t win by being more compliant than your fellow co-workers.
Being more obedient at what you do every day is not going to make you more indispensable.
What makes someone indispensable is that they do something that other people can’t do.
We go to work every day trying to not do that. We go to work trying to be just like everyone else, because that feels safe. In today’s economy, and for the foreseeable future, that’s the riskiest thing we can do.”

For more quotes check out this post here:

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What’s Really Stopping Your Company From Being Great?

It’s easy to assume what your problem is, it’s hard to take an intimate look at what’s really stopping your company from being great.

A $20,000 logo isn’t going to fix your branding problem.

A commercial isn’t going to solve your awareness problem.

A newsletter isn’t going to solve your customers not caring problem.

Sending a flyer in the mail isn’t going to solve your no one orders from us problem.

Taking an ad out in the phone book isn’t going to solve your no one’s calling problem.

Interrupting your customers with more e-mails isn’t going to solve your they don’t buy enough problem.

The first step is admitting you have a problem (this is the hardest part).  The second step is defining what the problem actually is.  The third step is a realization that you aren’t going to solve the problem on your own.

You’d be surprised at how many people and businesses can’t get past the first step.

Episode #14 – A Website Overnight With NorthWorks

Episode 14 – A Website Overnight With NorthWorks.ca

NorthWorks Web Design and DevelopmentLive from Smitty’s in the Golden Mile, I talk to Brandon Wu about his company and how he got his start. Read more

Realize: How Not To Market a University

Lately I’ve noticed several different University of Regina billboards around Regina. Now if you immediately jump to “but Jeph you saw them and remembered them.  Isn’t that a great billboard?!?” Hardly. Not all exposure is good exposure.  Do you think BP’s oil spill was “good” exposure for the company? Read more

Is Your Brand a Ford or a Porsche?

This is a guest post written by Brin Werrett from RockStar Homes.

Successfully sell your brand and your products will sell themselves.

Every business has a product and most, arguably, have a brand. Pick up any of the latest marketing books and you’ll hear that some of the most successful companies in the word don’t sell you products. They sell you a brand. Call it “Brand Fans” or whatever you want, but there’s a distinct difference in how these companies do business and how their customers perceive their products. Read more

The New Definition of ‘Strategy’

Strategic Planning

“The essential source of value right now is coming less from master strategy than from broad experimentation, because no one has a complete grasp, or even a very good one, about what the next great idea will look like.”  -Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus

Strategy is no longer a document, or a recommendation.  The “all inclusive strategic plan” is irrelevant in the new business world.  What you need to focus on is small bets, ideas and experiments, measured meticulously over a predetermined amount of time.  Find what works and improve upon it. Read more