Posted by jorbell on March 26, 2011
As a child of the 80s I was very much fan of the bands Frankie goes to Hollywood, Art of Noise and Propaganda. Coincidentally there were all on the same record label, Zang Tuum Tumb, or to give it its more familiar name, ZTT.
Welcome to the Pleasuredome - Frankie goes to Hollywood
Art and design has always been an interest of mine too so the sleeve art always fascinated me. Former music journalist Paul Morley was catalyst for many of the ideas for the ‘look’ of the label and the brainchild of its groundbreaking marketing. Paul worked with David Smart to create some iconic designs which still look great to this day.
Who's Afraid (of The Art of Noise)
Dr Mabuse - Propaganda
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Posted by jorbell on June 22, 2010
It is tempting for companies to copy other successful businesses’ marketing strategies in order replicate that success. While this makes good sense on one level it is important that to stand out in a busy market place, you have to do things differently too.
This does not necessarily mean you have to be radical or whacky but to simply get the basics right because so many others don’t. Kim T. Gordon on www.entrepreneur.com has compiled a list of five ways businesses can outshine their competitors and the list is glaringly simple. By meeting the needs of your customers and following these simple rules, your business will be well on the way to success.
5 Ways to Outshine the Competition
Meet customers’ needs in these critical areas to stand out from the crowd
Everywhere you turn, there’s more competition. No matter what type of store or business you operate, there are bound to be others clamoring for your customers and your piece of the market. Plus, with consumers counting every penny and business purchasers scrutinizing expenditures like never before, winning over new customers and upselling old ones has become more challenging.
What will cause customers to buy from you rather than your competitors? The answer is to meet their needs in these five critical areas:
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Posted by jorbell on June 15, 2010
It’s hard to believe but it’s been a couple of months since I’ve updated this blog but as John Lennon once famously said: “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans”. It’s a statement that’s never been more true than it has been this past week as my wife Jo conspired to break an arm a few days before she was about to start a new job. However, that’s a blog for another day.
I’ve had a very long to do list recently which despite making things rather more hectic than I would like has actually made my day-to-day schedule rather exhilarating. In addition to my work in the office I’ve been in events in London (Internet World) and Newcastle (Thinking Digital) which were both very interesting in different ways. I will post a review of Thinking Digital later this week as this in particular is well worth attending if you can.
I’ve been working on copy for a 12 page corporate brochure, the content, design and layout for a five page staff newsletter and also the production of the company’s 16 page membership magazine. There have been banners to produce for an event in Brussels as well as for International Telecoms Week in Washington DC. The latter of these required the sourcing of a US supplier and arranging delivery to the conference organisers in Maryland.
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Posted by jorbell on April 17, 2010
Attracting and keeping customers is important to any business and it’s even more so in an economic downturn. Eleven experts discuss a number ideas on what small businesses can do to boost a loyal customer base.
How to Create Fiercely Loyal Customers Close to You
By Staci Wood on www.smallbiztrends.com
Recently, our very own Anita Campbell hosted an online webinar titled, “Loco for Local: Get Fiercely Loyal Customers Close to You,” sponsored by Intuit. Anita shared tips she’d requested from a panel of 11 small business experts on how to get loyal customers close to you and your business.
Each of the panel experts contributed several valuable tips and suggestions and the webinar was packed full with useful information.
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