A couple of days ago, I asked what you think of this Henry Ford quote: “If I’d asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, ‘A faster horse!’” A bunch of subscribers told me Ford was a visionary who saw something his prospects did not. One told me: “…Ford wasn’t  concerned or focused with finding out what people wanted. He…

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I came across this gem of a headline in an online marketing forum this week: “I’m buying a domain name for $35,000.”  The guy who posted it explained:  “We presently use the domain with ‘the’ prefix for our product, so it looks like https://the___.com But going to go bolder way and buy the name without…

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Here’s a tale of two marketing tips — one right on, the other off the mark.  It starts with a question posted to an online forum:   How can I generate leads for my graphic design business?   Two people responded.   The first person wrote 272 words…  …loaded with one recommendation after another. Use LinkedIn. Try XING…

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A few months ago, my wife and I woke to a loud “thud.”  She thought the sound came from inside the house… …and, for her, that meant trouble.  “What was that!?” she asked, sounding a little frantic.  We live in the city and crime is a thing so I don’t blame her for worrying.  I…

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When I was a kid, I remember my relatives talking about some Great Aunt I’d never met. They called her an “Old Maid.”  I had no idea what they were talking about, but I could tell they considered it an insult.  Years later, I learned the meaning: A woman who has — gasp! — never…

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When he was a young college student, my wife’s great-great-grandfather joined the revolution. He and his pals tried to overthrow the German government. The year was 1833, and young Adolph Wislizenus “stormed the castle” with a band of student revolutionaries in Frankfurt. Their plan: Sneak-attack a few arsenals. Capture the soldiers. Take the guns. Arm…

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I recently heard this interesting tidbit about Eugene Schwartz, a genius copywriter who penned ads that generated massive sales: He had a secret way to get the scoop on his target market… He would go to the theater to see all the hit movies… …and he would see the blockbusters TWICE. Why?  Because if you’re…

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I was planning to send a different message this morning… …until I read an email from one of my favorite marketing experts Dave Dee (check out his stuff here).  He offered a tip that is so good I had to postpone the other email so I could share the idea with you now. Here’s the tip: …

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