Speakers’ Club: Nov. 2, 2019

Rules:

The Guide to “TH”: There’s a reason why the tongue is language.  “S” to “TH”

Chip and Dale:

Nov. 9 and 16

New Zealand – Nov 23, 30, and Dec 7.

Dec. 14?

What would you like to discuss for the last two meetings?

Thanksgiving

American Football

Christmas

Journey to Better Marketing: Direct Selling

Selling is the distribution arm of marketing, and it works best when it’s done face-to-face. This type of interaction allows for a dialogue where in the seller can listen to the potential buyer and fill his or her needs. Direct selling isn’t only expensive in terms of employee costs; it can also be expensive in terms of opportunity costs. If you’re the only salesperson for the company and you’re talking to a potential customer who doesn’t buy, you may have missed being able to talk to other customers who would have bought. You can’t make products if you’re in the process of selling, either.

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Director Taika Waititi Talks Creativity at TedxDoha

New Zealand Director Taika Waititi gave a short talk about creativity at TedxDoha. While his talk may seem like rambling, his insights into creativity are priceless – if you can find them. Creativity lies in the combination of seemingly unrelated, or never related before, subjects. It also lies in the absurd. The talk is about 18 minutes. Three highlights are below the video.

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The Journey to Better Marketing: Business Networking

The hardest part about networking is understanding the difference between it and socializing. While some socializing is networking, networking isn’t always socializing. According to “Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days (affiliate link)”, networking is making contacts to establish relationships that lead to business, often through referrals. Networking isn’t about doing business, unless you happen to run into someone who fits your target market exactly. Instead, it’s about forming relationships that will lead to a referral for your business.

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New Zealand: A Short Survey of New Zealand Destinations – On First Look

At roughly 1600 km long (990 miles), New Zealand’s two islands are about the length of a third of the continental United States. That’s a nice drive in America of about 18 hours depending on which states you go through and the maximum speed limit. I have been told that’s not the case in New Zealand. The roads aren’t highways. They tend to wind and have lower speed limits. The other impediment to drive time is the ferry. It may not run in inclement weather, and of course, it only departs at certain times of the day. The cost is also something to consider. I was told around $200 NZ for a car and two passengers.

With all of this in mind, choosing destinations for New Zealand is going to depend on what we really want to see – not the road or the inside of a car – and what we can get to comfortably. Personally, I don’t necessarily want to spend my time driving at all. On the other hand, my second hand knowledge has said that public transportation doesn’t exist, and the buses that go between towns take even longer than cars.

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The Journey to Better Marketing: Advertising

Advertising takes patience. The statistics say that people notice one in nine ads; the rest are tuned out. If it takes seven times for them to remember the ad and 10 times for them to buy something based on the ad, you’re going to need repetition, consistency, focus, and positioning to be successful. You’ll need to run the same ad 90 times before someone buys something based on the ad – assuming you’re hitting your target market. This is an estimated average. Some people may buy before then, and the same number of people may buy with more ads. Still, if you aren’t prepared to run 90 or more ads, save your money for something else until you are ready.

“Advertising is reminding. Once is not enough,” according to “Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days (affiliate link).” The reason why large, well-known brands like Coca Cola and McDonald’s continue to advertise is to remind their market about the love they have for the product. Each commercial reinforces the ardor of the fans and works to convert others to the brand. Coca-Cola needs to remain people that “It’s the Real Thing.”

Ads need to be brief and compelling. “Got milk?” “Just do it.” “I’m lovin’ it.” “The quicker-picker upper.” “Where’s the beef?” “They’re great!” None of these messages is overly complicated, and I bet you know which products or companies they are advertising.

People will see your ad before they see you; it becomes your identity. Make sure that it accurately reflects your business and how you want to be perceived.

Advertising won’t be your only expense. It works best in conjunction with other marketing communication tools.

Different media have different personalities and cater to different kinds of people. Make sure you’re choosing the media that best suits your brand.

Adapted from “Guerrilla Marketing in 30 Days (afilliate link).”

Speakers’ Club October 2019: Halloween

Rules:

Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers:

The History of Halloween:

Costumes

Trick-or-Treat: 1930s – Give us candy or we play a trick on you.

Candy: Candy Corn, Candy Bars, Coins, Popcorn Balls, Apples, Toothbrushes, Comic Books.

Bobbing for apples, apple on a string

Lollipop ghosts

Pumpkins as jack-o-lanterns

Horror films

Haunted Houses

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

The Skeleton Dance:

Donald Duck Trick or Treat:

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Monster Mash

Nightmare on My Street

War of the Worlds: