Category Archives: Marketing

Sales Tip #1

I know this sounds basic and elementary.  However, over the past 2 yrs I’ve experienced an increase in this sales tactic that doesn’t work.  The tactic I’m referring to is the practice of SPAMMING your inbox with unwanted emails after you’ve given the person your business card. Continue reading

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Home Run, DealFind, Amazon Local…are they just extensions of Groupon & Living Social?

First it was Groupon, Living Social, Deal Chicken.  Now, I’m seeing other deal websites pop up like weeds.  Recently, I’ve discovered Home Run, DealFind, and Amazon Local. Continue reading

Wendy’s Burger Makeover

After reading an article on Yahoo! yesterday about Wendy’s making changes to it’s burger, I decided to give it a try.  My prior visit to a Wendy’s wasn’t a pleasant experience.  It was about 7 months ago at their downtown San Diego location.  The burgers were small and didn’t taste fresh.  Overall, it was a bad experience.  That was not the case yesterday… Continue reading

Groupon, Living Social, Deal Chicken – Good or bad for businesses?

The recent craze over these deep discount coupon sites (Groupon, Living Social, and Deal Chicken) has many businesses making rash decisions without thinking about the full cost for this type of marketing.  Here’s how it works….

A sales person from one of these sites will call the business and present to them an opportunity to reach out to millions of users with an offer to try their business (at a severe discount often times 30% to 75% off regular prices) for no advertising costs.  That’s right, it’s FREE advertising.  Wait, it’s not really FREE.  Typically, these sites will charge 25% to 50% as a commission for any sales generated from the deal.  Let’s do the math. Continue reading

Still A Virgin?

Caught your attention didn’t I?  When I saw this billboard driving down the streets of San Diego, I had to stop and take a picture.

Still A Virgin?

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UFC 116 – Apple vs Adobe

When I read this article in the April 27th edition of the Wall St Journal, where Apple CEO Steve Jobs blasts Adobe Flash in a 1,600 essay published on Apple’s website, the first thing that came to mid was….Does Steve Jobs really have a case here against Adobe?  Or is it because Adobe poses a real threat to Apple’s world domination plans?

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MGM Mirage Name Change?

MGM Mirage has sought permission from it’s shareholders to change it’s name from MGM Mirage to MGM Resorts International.  (Click here for the full article from the LVRJ)

You might ask yourself, “what’s the big deal?”….

Well, how would you like to be in charge of re-branding a company of that size?  With over 13 properties on the Las Vegas Strip alone, it is a monumental task!  Their website lists Bellagio, Monte Carlo, New York New York, Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, City Center, Aria, Vdara, Excalibur, Luxor, The Mirage and THEhotel at Mandalay Bay as major brands on the Strip.

Projects of this magnitude usually include huge marketing campaigns designed to increase the awareness of the new brand.  Do you realize how many matchbooks, napkins, towels, property & corporate signs, etc. will have to be changed?  The task is enormous and expensive.  The cost is measured in millions of dollars and will take many months.

There are many reasons for changing your name and re branding your company.  Repositioning or changing public opinion are two of the most common reasons for re-branding.  MGM Mirage has a strong position in the gaming industry and as far as I know, the public doesn’t have a negative opinion of their company.

In today’s economy, where every dollar spent is under tremendous scrutiny, you have to wonder why make the name change now?  Is there a clear advantage and ROI to be obtained by making the name change?  The rumor is MGM Mirage will be selling The Mirage property, necessitating a name change.  We may never know the real answers to those questions, but it will be interesting to find out over the next few months.