Marketing Basics

Marketing Basics

The Sweet Taste of Success: The Rise of Halo Top

A little ice-cream company went from ten employees to nearly $50 million in revenue and changed an industry in the process. Fundamental to their growth: understanding their core “public.” The history of public relations (PR) and marketing is strewn with monumental...

How Men’s Shavers Engineered Word of Mouth

You have heard the story of how one friend tells another friend who tells five more friends and pretty soon you have an economic revolution. Product reputations are built this way. It does not really matter how much money you spend on promotion; what does matter is...

From Space Stations to the Stars—Moving the World with Purpose

The poster for the film The Martian, based on Andy Weir’s novel, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, reads “BRING HIM HOME.” The phrase drives the plot and prompts rival nations to cooperate. Like the moon landing of 1969, untold millions of people...

The Basics of Marketing in the 21st Century: from Zero to Zillions

Who has millions or billions to spend on world-class communication? Turns out you won’t need that for your buck to make a massive bang. Apple, Coca-Cola, Nike: all committed astronomical sums for advertising in 2015. Apple raised its ad budget to $1.8 billion;...

How Does a LEGO Life-Size X-Wing Fighter Relate to the Ascent or Crash of Your Company?

Communication is a two-way trajectory. It means asking questions, listening, and acting where necessary on what you hear. And it isn’t just externally facing—i.e., you and your customers; it’s internal, management to manufacturing, marketing to sales, and so forth,...

Another Type of Marketing

Do you work hard to make your company stand out from the competition? Over the years you’ve probably been given several tools on the subject of marketing, but let’s take a different look—some “DO NOT’s” of marketing that maybe you’ve...