Fashion Signals = Fashionomics

Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 by in Strategy, Takeaway

Tyler Cowen is one of the most interesting people

More Money with Better Stories

Posted on 12. Apr, 2010 by in Takeaway

Good Morning Monday!

From the comes an amazing story!

New York Times writer Rob Walker tells cool stories about products he sells on eBay. In a not so big surprise…the products with stories sell for LOTS more money.

Can our industry tell better stories about the

Organic search and site traffic

Posted on 18. Mar, 2010 by in Takeaway

A Google search on “Promotional Products” return these 10 results (after the jump) in the organic (or non paid) category.

I’ve put the unique visitor results from

How Google Works

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by in Takeaway

Google is under fire from the EU for having a lack of transparency in their search process.

Here is their attempt to explain how their search process works.

Your Blackberry is making you less productive

Posted on 12. Feb, 2010 by in Takeaway

Here’s an interesting article on productivity

Where does creativity come from? Not schools!

Posted on 10. Feb, 2010 by in Takeaway

I hated school….school taught me that the definition of being wrong was not following rules. School taught me that you can’t do anything new – just do what someone else has already done. The better you could imitate the existing idea the more frequently you would be rewarded. Of course I only wanted to do something new…and so I was frequently punished!

I have a suspicion that our industry attracts a lot of people who like to create and who don’t like rules.

Some Thoughts on PPAI Expo ’10

Posted on 19. Jan, 2010 by in Takeaway

So..for the first time in a while we didn’t get a booth in Vegas (see previous post)

I was feeling a little at a loss about what I was going to do all day but somewhat incredibly I was actually busier than past years. I met with more people and worked on bigger more interesting deals that ever before. Here’s what I did…

I sent out an email to a bunch of people I wanted to talk to about 3 weeks before the show. Most of them replied and I set up a bunch of meetings. It was pretty casual for the most part, the coffee shop, a restaurant, a bar, some party that we were both going to…but the reality is that I had uninterrupted conversations with the people I wanted to talk to.

I often feel that standing in a trade show booth is one of the most boring and soul destroying activities on the planet. Most of the time one of three things happens…1) you stare at your booth mates wondering if anyone is going to stop and visit the booth 2) people visit who have no intention of remembering what we told them (the “just scan me” crowd) or 3) people come and try and sell you their stuff. Occasionally you have a good conversation with someone but I’d say from past experience you get around 5 of those per day. 5 good chats in a day is not terrible but the big question is how do you increase that number and get rid of all the other nonsense.

So I decided to do it differently this year and it worked better…but I still think we haven’t found the right solutions and that there has to be a better way to do trade shows.

The traditional trade show format make sense if your going to have a huge booth and a large staff managing the booth. That way you can actually get EVERYONE who comes to the show to stop by the booth and engage with your company. When you are smaller you don’t really have the resources (we’re talking 100K+ to do it right) to connect with thousands of people.

There has to be a better model for the smaller company to engage people at a trade show. Maybe something like setting appointments in some sort of meeting room on the floor. That way each person who comes to the “booth” would be somewhat qualified in advance, committed to listening to the sales pitch and feel like they got something out of the experience. If anyone has more thoughts on this topic I’d love to hear them…we’re definitely looking for better ways to get our message across without acting like the human version of SPAM.

Mutant Zombie Puppy Attacks Child

Posted on 03. Dec, 2009 by in Takeaway

I had a

Some end of year thoughts on the future of the industry

Posted on 30. Dec, 2008 by in Takeaway