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The Fan-Damn-Tastic Marketing Show Episode 12: Saying ‘Thank You’ As a Marketing Strategy

January 20, 2015

Welcome to the 12th episode of The Fan-Damn-Tastic Marketing Show!  BTW before I get to the Show Notes for this episode, thank y’all for making last Tuesday the best day for downloads of the show at 66 downloads!  That’s the best in the history of the show since it was launched last May!  Thanks to […]

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What’s the ROI of Making Your Customers Cry?

January 5, 2015

Watch this video.  Now. Then forward it to your boss and ask her “What would our business look like if our customers loved us that much?” Or maybe the better question to ask is, “Why don’t we love our customers as much as Taylor Swift loves her fans?” Because you don’t.  And you should. I […]

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The Fan-Damn-Tastic Marketing Show Episode 9: The Art of Building and Sustaining Momentum

December 30, 2014

Happy New Year. y’all!  Welcome to the ninth episode of The Fan-Damn-Tastic Marketing Show!  In this episode I talk about the power of momentum, what it allows us to do once we have it and why it proves so elusive to build and sustain.  At least it is for me, what about you? Show Notes: […]

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Why I’ll Be Spending More Time on Speaking Less in 2015

November 11, 2014

I am currently in the middle of business planning for 2015.  I have three main revenue streams: Speaking, consulting/advisement, and writing.  In 2013 my first business book, Think Like a Rock Star was published.  One of the reasons why I was excited about writing a book was the assumption that it would lead to more […]

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Five Signs Your Company is Ready For a Brand Ambassador Program

August 13, 2014

Just like not every company should be using social media, not every company should or can launch a Brand Ambassador program.  There are certain conditions that need to exist within your company before you can start planning out taking the leap of launching a Brand Ambassador program.  Here’s five things you should look for: 1 […]

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This Is (Probably) Why Your Brand Ambassador Program Sucks

August 6, 2014

Every week I field calls and conversations with companies about starting a brand ambassador or advocacy program.  Almost every time, the company explains that they are excited about the idea of launching a brand ambassador program as a way to generate sales for the brand.  They tell me how they have fans and they think […]

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IKEA Shuts Down Popular Fan Site IKEAHackers

June 17, 2014

A few years ago, the band Blink 182 was getting ready to release its new single.  It went to YouTube and found thousands of instances where fans of the band were illegally using its music in homemade videos. The band cataloged over 100,000 instances of copyright infringement by its fans, then instead of sending lawyers […]

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The Fan-Damn-Tastic Marketing Show Episode 4: How and Why Online Communities Form

June 11, 2014

Welcome to the fourth episode of The Fan-Damn-Tastic Marketing Show!  Yesterday during the #Bizheroes chat on Twitter, we were discussing the power of communities.  I wanted to talk about that a bit more in this episode of #FanDamnShow. Here’s the transcript from yesterday’s #Bizheroes chat, please let me know what you think about this episode! […]

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The Fan-Damn-Tastic Marketing Show is LIVE!

May 13, 2014

I’ve been waiting 7 years to say this, but I have a new podcast to tell you about!  The Fan-Damn-Tastic Marketing Show will be focused on marketing topics and how companies can better connect with their customers and covert them into passionate fans.  If you’ve read this blog or Think Like a Rock Star you […]

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How Figures Toy Company is Masterfully Using Social Media to Build Product Demand, and Giving Me Back My Childhood At the Same Time

May 8, 2014

If you grew up in the 1970s as I did, the odds are you owned a toy created by the Mego Corporation.  The company made its hay with dolls (today called Action Figures) and its most popular line was The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, giving children everywhere their first exposure to characters like Batman, Spiderman and […]

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Study: Popularity is Determined More By Peer Pressure Than Quality

March 3, 2014

This morning I came across a fascinating study (via NPR) done by Princeton professor Matthew Salganik who attempted to learn why works of art become popular.  In essence, Salganik wanted to know if popularity was based more so on the actual quality of the art, or does social influence play a role? To find the answer, […]

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