A small business I’m involved in did an evaluation of some CRM software (Customer Relationship Management) tools. I like to share such learnings to save you or your pals time if you’re in the same boat.
Just to be clear, it was just two of us who spent about 10 hours total looking at demos online and trying trial versions where possible. And we excluded Salesforce.com — the market leader — because we had used it before and while it worked great, we wanted to try some new CRMs. Here’s the quick list: …
I recently met Al Watts, author of Navigating Integrity: Transforming Business As Usual Into Business At Its Best.
Al was kind enough to do a quick Q&A (between sailing trips) with me on the topic of business integrity.
Q: Hi Al. Would you give a quick definition of each of your “4 Pillars Of Integrity” …
Steve Jobs favorite Grateful Dead song was Uncle John’s Band; and his favorite band was Bob Dylan, followed by the Beatles and then the Stones, according to Isaacson’s Steve Jobs book.
Isaacson outlines the below songs/bands that were on Steve Jobs’s own personal iPod.
Here they are, roughly in order of which artist he had the most albums of: …
If you care about hiring or being hired, I recommend you check out an in-depth article in which I offered some detailed thoughts on these 7 trends:
Go check out The Top 7 Reasons Hiring Is Being Reinvented…Right Now! for the full article — it’s hosted by Ongig, a new business I’m part of.
I invited third-party recruiters to comment on section #7 and a couple of them disagree with me — it’s great to have an open dialogue on this important topic.
I’m on the Web all the time — I estimate I’ve looked at more than 50,000 Web sites in my lifetime
When one of them stands out, I like to spread the word.
99Designs is one such Web site.
99Designs solves a common problem in an unusual way: it allows you to submit your design requirements to their audience of designers who compete to win your project (or “contest” as they call it).
I tested them out for a logo I needed for a personality type site I do in my spare time. It hasn’t launched yet but it’s going to be called “TopTypes.”
Since real-life examples are more useful, I took screen shots of the experience I had running a design contest on 99Designs for the TopTypes logo I needed.
You can choose from such categories as:
I’m sad today like millions of others, that the top inventor of our time, Steve Jobs, has died.
I feel very lucky that I got to interview Steve Jobs for an article I wrote early in my career (I can remember how excited I got when he called me directly to chat!). I more recently got to ask Steve and Bill Gates a question about entrepreneurship (see Bill Gates, Steve Jobs & Me).
But, I have a cooler Steve Jobs item to tell you about.
I want to share a story that Steve Jobs asked my friend Gary Brickman to keep secret years ago.
After naming a product, the tagline may be the most important marketing lever you can pull.
Afterall, the name of the product opens up the conversation with your customer…but the tagline can immediately tell them what it is that you do — and what makes you unique.
You’ve probably seen how much I love lists.
So I’ve compiled a list of 50+ of my favorite taglines. Enjoy!
It inspired this simple list of naming tips (which I think is a good foll0w-up to 5 Tips On How To Name Your Brand To Be As Dominant As Kleenex).
Shake ‘n Bake (for cooking chicken) tells you the two simple steps — you shake (the herbs) and you bake (the chicken) — to make tasty chicken.
You may also consider the pain or urgency that your customer has.
For example, if you have dandruff and you want to address the flakes on your shoulders as well as shampoo your hair, Head & Shoulders shampoo is a darn good name.
Microsoft names its product because it focused on “micro”-computer “soft”ware.
Kentucky Fried Chicken is self-explanatory. People Magazine is pretty good too.
But don’t go too generic, warns the book Positioning: “Lite” beer from Miller was the industry leader but it lost its brand positioning when other beers co-opted the name (Bud Light, Coors Light, etc.).
The law sided with those competitors since “Lite” is generic and so similar to “Light” (as in opposite of heavy).