10 Takeaways From Inside Interactive, Phoenix ‘08

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This weekend, The Brand Chef traded in the ‘ol toque blanche for something closer to a mortarboard. I just returned form a weekend seminar hosted by The Agency Management Roundtable on the workings and strategic approach to building an interactive agency. As promised, (via Twitter) I wanted

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Cooking 101 – Turn The Flame Down

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A slow, steady simmer will always result better, infused flavor and richness over thrusting your meal into a white-hot, roaring flame (think 5-star restaurant vs. campfire jamboree). The same theory applies to your marketing program. If your marketing budget goes up in smoke because you tried to

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This Rump Is Brought To You By…

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Remember back, just a few years, a cartoon with Daffy Duck where he pulls his tail feathers up and exposes, emblazoned in all its glory, the WB logo – smack dab on his protruding rump? As a kid, (and admittedly, even now) I thought a logo on

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Sharing As A Networking Tool

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I have seen some pretty heavy-handed attempts at networking. I think we’ve all experienced it, from telemarketers to Chamber functions and “that guy” that just won’t back down. Over at The Society for Word of Mouth, Ulla Jones offered up a simple, yet profound slogan to remember

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Can You Jump A Generation Gap?

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In a recent post by Mike Sansone over at Converstations.com, a couple of videos (example below – feed readers, click through to The Brand Chef) illustrated the vast differentiation in information resource vehicles and how generations have changed the way they acquire information. Although the post was

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Why The Brain Pain?

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In many industries (especially the communications industry), it is important that left-brainers (you business-minded sort) and right-brainers (us creative ilk) can communicate our thoughts and ideas efficiently and effectively. It’s often difficult for a right-brainer to grasp complex business concepts, as well as for a left-brainer to

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How Waiting Taught Me A Lesson

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If you’ve ever “visited” a hospital waiting room, you’re quite aware of the time that you’ll spend paging through magazines. In past visits, these sterile, silk flower adorned mausoleums have provided me with a plethora of subscriptions to choose from – everything from Diabetes Digest to Preserving

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(Let Them) READ ALL ABOUT IT!

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One of the biggest challenges in business today is building strong relationships with customers and contacts. How do you establish and cultivate relationships while maintaining integrity and credibility? It’s important to share the success of your company, new products or ventures, while remaining sensitive of others’ time

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