Don’t be different. Be special!

I’ve been thinking about this idea of work as art. That what your business sells can be truly special. Note, special does not mean visibly different, or cheaper or better. To me “special” means that you have put something of yourself into the business. That your time and effort have gone into it and that you believe…

How big is your market?

One reason why your business could be unsuccessful is not because your product is bad, or your marketing bad, but that your market opportunity is too small. I keep reminding myself that the core of the word marketing is “market” – that collection of people or companies that are potentially interested in your offering. If…

Marketing is the job of the owner

You’d be surprised to know that last week, the quintessential marketing company, Coca Cola, has…. wait for it…decided to “ditch” the role of Chief Marketing Officer. According to the influential Marketing Week website: “Coca-Cola is getting rid of its global chief marketing officer function by merging it with ‘customer and commercial leadership as well as strategy’ to…