Thinking Boxes and Bleeding Ears

thinking cats backgroundFingernails on a blackboard.

That sound foam makes when it’s just creaking and on the edge of snapping.

Gum smackers.

And anytime someone says “Let’s think outside of the box.”

These are all things that make my ears want to bleed.

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Buzzwords Suck

Businessman running away from angry bees
Run, run as fast as you can from buzzwords — and those who use them to bullshit you.

I like words. A lot. Probably more than the next guy. But I like my words to add clarity, not confusion.

That’s one of the reasons why I HATE buzzwords.

I have to be careful here because not all buzzwords are bullshit. New stuff happens all the time. Sometimes we need a word or phrase to describe this new concept. I’m good with that. Take content/inbound marketing; not entirely a buzzword. However, it’s a concept I now make a living making reality for our clients so’s I could be slightly biased here. It’s not new, but “inbound” is a good enough phrase to describe a break – well, a shift – in marketing focus. Not a huge fan of the phrase, but it works.
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Fear of Writing – The Typo and the Typo Pointer-Outer

typo-assholesTypos (and grammar concerns) terrify folks into paralysis when it comes to writing. What if I make a mistake? Use the wrong word? I don’t know where the commas go. Semi-colons?!?!? OMFG, kill me.

This fear keeps many folks who would otherwise be fantastic contributors to blogs, social media sites, and elsewhere from sharing insights and knowledge that others would find useful. I’ve seen people who successfully started and then ran large IT implementations run in fear from the idea of writing a 500 word blog post about their experience.

In so far as you only get better writing by writing (a lesson I’ve lived this past 18 months), fear of making a mistake is bad enough.

Worse is some pedantic ass munch pointing it out to you. Continue reading Fear of Writing – The Typo and the Typo Pointer-Outer

“The Chair” and Inbound Marketing

Inbound marketing and George Strait's song, The Chair.
Brian and Tonya’s engagement portrait. No idea who these people are, but it’s a lovely photo.

One of my favorite explanations of old school, interruption marketing is when Gary Vaynerchuk talks about buying someone a drink in a bar and then asking them to go to bed with you immediately after.

A little more seduction is in order.

So when I heard George Strait’s “The Chair” while bringing teenage daughter number 1 to school this morning, I started thinking that’s about the way an inbound campaign should start.

“Well excuse me, but I think you’ve got my chair,
No that one’s not taken, I don’t mind if you sit here,
I’ll be glad to share.”

Ah, the website – your chair. A nice, inviting website that answers customer’s and potential customer’s questions will make strangers come in, have a seat, and look for the bartender. Continue reading “The Chair” and Inbound Marketing

Punch ‘Em in the Head!

Sometimes, you really do just want to punch someone in the head.
Casey enjoyed this a little too much.

It’s funny the expressions you use without thinking sometimes.

One of my all-time favorites for expressing frustration at someone doing something stupid (usually something that makes work harder) is a desire to then “Punch them in the head.”

Damn right.

Who doesn’t want to punch someone in the head now and then. Continue reading Punch ‘Em in the Head!

Marketing: Always Be Human

Human to human in inbound marketing
Marketing is about connecting and being a real, live human — not a droning corporate tool.

Marketing can become a self-consuming and navel-gazing perpetual motion machine. If you aren’t tying your marketing to achieve direct sales results, then I have a hard time figuring out why you’re marketing. Grabbing attention, engagement, personality, aren’t ends in and of themselves, they’re stepping stones to get to someone buying something from you.

But that doesn’t mean you have to be an asshole. Or sound like a lifeless corporate drone. Continue reading Marketing: Always Be Human

The Problem With Great Content

Nearly every piece of advice you read about content and inbound marketing includes the words “great” and “content” in sequence or at least in close proximity. I am all for great content – great content whether whimsical or serious or funny or informative or entertaining or whatever is, well, great.

And great is good. It’s the goal. Right?

Well, I’m starting to think maybe not entirely.

Here’s the problem as I see it. Continue reading The Problem With Great Content