Keep All the Air in Your Balls . . . and Other Super Bowl Marketing Lessons

So, the Super Bowl was last Sunday. (Spoiler alert: the Colts did not win.) This year’s game was perhaps more chat-worthy than many a Super Bowl of yore — Deflategate, Marshawn Lynch’s “I’m only here so I don’t get fined,” Tom Brady’s runny nose on press day, Bill Belichick’s questionable wardrobe choices and that unfortunate, […]

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Content Is Queen

Before you ask yourself “What? Queen?” let me explain. Normally you’d hear the phrase “Content is king,” but this particular piece is being written by a female. A female working in a predominantly male tech industry. So for at least today, ladies and gents, we are taking a page from the Brits: the queen rules. […]

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It’s like asking “What is the meaning of life?” Only harder to answer…

A friend called recently and asked, “What’s the purpose of a web site?” He was in a conundrum. Faced with updating (and hopefully upgrading) his company’s site, he was overwhelmed with suggestions, requests, possibilities and options. He was frustrated, irritated and exasperated. His question, in this context, was intended to elicit a response that he […]

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Five things all leaders should learn from Steve Jobs

The announcement from Apple CEO Steve Jobs that he’ll be stepping down from his post is not altogether unexpected, but it does mark the end of an era. Jobs returned to the company he started in the late 1990s when it was in big trouble. The strategic direction was wayward, the products were suffering from […]

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It takes a team to deliver great email.

When I open my email inbox on an average day, I see a wide variety of messages. Like many of you, I sort through a lot of emails from companies offering me the latest and greatest deals on the Internet. As email designers and marketers, many of us at Rare Bird can’t fight the urge to critique messages making their way into our inboxes. In fact, we keep an eye out for emails that make for interesting conversation around the office.

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The Power of Non-Verbal Communication

I’ve been debating writing this post, but in the spirit of Sir Richard Branson‘s approach (“screw it, let’s do it”) I’ve decided to go ahead. We’ve been working on a few sites for institutions of higher learning and, in the process of researching the competition, happened upon the site for Elon University. I really like […]

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Can social media replace traditional marketing communications? Doesn’t look likely…

Dan forwarded me an article today that ranks right up near the top of my “Things to read that are relevant” list. Titled “What If Giving Up Your Brand Really Means Giving Up?” this Advertising Age article from Jonathan Salem Baskin asks some very pointed questions and draws some mildly controversial conclusions. (At least, I’m […]

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Can you afford to be authentic in business?

I often say that true authenticity– being exactly who you really are and nothing else– is one of the most important things you can do to help be successful in whatever you’re doing. When I saw this article from Business in Blue Jeans CEO Susan Baroncini-Moe talking about some of the issues people struggle with […]

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Focus on the message to survive the recession

“Cutting your marketing budget to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.” Charlie Williams As my old boss used to say, “cutting your marketing budget to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.” It seems to be common knowledge among both business owners and marketers that a recession is […]

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