Category: Communications

We have a saying in Peebles… »

We have a saying in Peebles… In Step Into The Spotlight!, I shared that it’s key to have a signature saying. Something that people identify with you and only you. Like when Chef Emeril Lagasse says “Bam!” Or when Jeff Probst of Survivor says “The Tribe Has Spoken.” So, last night, I’m watching an episode […]

Is admitting DEFEAT a good MARKETING strategy? »

Sure looks that way. In this TV commercial, the setting is a fall fair competition where Classico pasta sauce LOSES to the homemade sauce of these Italian grandmas and the Classico chefs are smiling anyway–all the way to the bank. It’s a variation of the Avis, #2, We Try Harder campaign from years ago that’s […]

Was Hillary’s Teleprompter “SIGH” Deliberate or Dumb? »

It’s all over the Internet. Hillary reads the stage directions right off the teleprompter. HUGE contrast with her opponent, the spontaneous I-say-whatever-pop-into-my-head Trump who was all over this tweeting his delight. So, here’s the question. Is there any possibility that verbalizing the “SIGH” was deliberate? A rhetorical device? Or is she on autopilot at this […]

Is This Realtor NUTS or Is She BRILLIANT? »

A Canadian realtor has created a “beer commercial” type advertisement for a 3 bedroom home in Courtice, ON. She’s been featured in The Huffington Post Canada & The Toronto Star and her video has over 11,000 views in just a week! Watch video here and then comment below! Is she a brilliant marketing MASTERMIND or […]

Can You SPOT the FAKE? »

Are You Sick of FAKE “Real People” in Ads? I am. Here’s one that really makes me cringe every times it’s on the air. O.K. They admit at the beginning that they’re actors. But they don’t have to. It’s such an obvious case of over-acting! Compare this to a REAL “Real People” T.V. commercial. I […]

How can you use SARCASM to SELL YOUR STUFF? »

Could sarcastic humor help YOU sell your stuff? Or make your point faster? Brilliant biting example in the short video commercial below. This commercial mocks competitor companies that “monitor” stuff without helping you fix it. This one is for identity theft, but it could just as easily have been a commercial for antivirus or anti-malware […]

When you SPEAK, is your OPENING LINE as good as Jerry Seinfeld’s? »

Do YOU have a great OPENING LINE whenever you open your mouth in public? In this video, Jerry spends 5 minutes explaining how he crafts a joke, but it’s worth paying attention to his opening line. (NOT off the cuff, I can assure you!) “I know you think people are going to be interested in […]

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