07 April 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Fires and Flames

Who lights your fire?

Who lights your fire? Who fans your flames? Some people can fire you up, but you also need people who can turn up the heat and help push you to get things done. You likely have one or two people who inspire you to think big thoughts and explore big concepts. A lucky few of you have […]

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23 March 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Magazine Revenue Ideas

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I recently participated in an hour-long brainstorm session with Ron McDaniel, leader of the Micro Mag Publishing community. We bounced around ideas for local publishers on the topics of non-traditional revenue generation, selling ideas (versus selling advertising), sponsorship opportunities, featured content ideas, how to stay motivated, and a myriad of other topics (until I ran […]

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29 November 2016 ~ 0 Comments

BeachStorming

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First came BEANstorming: generating business ideas and action plans with clients over coffee. Then came BEERstorms (same thing, just add beer!) Now there’s a new location for idea generation (hey, that rhymes): BEACHSTORMING! If you’re in Honolulu next week, a member of the Hawaii Association of Broadcasters, and would like to bounce around a few revenue-generating […]

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07 October 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Places You Can Sell Your Ideas

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The only question I get asked more than “how do I come up with more ideas?” is “where can I sell my ideas?” — and these two questions couldn’t be further apart. The answer to the first question is all about efforts and exercises to produce creative concepts in large quantities, whereas the most successful […]

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07 September 2016 ~ 0 Comments

500+ Idea Summit

register for the free Idea Summit and get 500 free business ideas!

A great big congratulations to my friend Beck Power for launching her Idea Summit today! Not only has she shared interviews with 20 different people on the topic of ideas, creativity, and putting those creative ideas into action — she’s also created a list 500 quirky business ideas that she’s giving away for free in […]

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08 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

No Chips Notification Device

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You’ve heard of PSAs, right? Public Service Announcements? This is a PSI — a Public Service Innovation from Don The Idea Guy. For months they told us it was coming They told us this new technology was going to make our credit card transactions more secure when purchasing at retail stores. I’m talking about the […]

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06 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

My Mom The Rock Star

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Many people ask me how I became “creative” — I tell them to blame my mom. Though there are plenty of stories from my childhood I could share in regard to how she fostered creative thinking in me and my two siblings, this latest story from just last weekend clearly demonstrates not only from where I inherited […]

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17 May 2016 ~ 1 Comment

What to do after you LOSE the sale

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I just published a new brainstorm over at FiveBuckBrainstorms.com. The subject of this collection of 12+ ideas is themed around what salespeople should do after they lose a sale. There is a little back story behind this Five Buck Brainstorm in which you may be interested… Once upon a time… Let me tell you about a B2B business […]

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21 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

The Emperor’s New Chocolate Bar?

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I’ve never spent $10 on a chocolate bar, but you gotta to respect the story of “artisanal chocolate” these guys cooked up to win the minds of their consumers with their tale of going “from bean-to-bar”. The Mast Brothers tale of better chocolate falls right into the vein of marketers striving to tell a better story. When you think […]

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21 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Five times it’s okay to be selfish

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There are plenty of folks out there writing about the benefits and special place in heaven set aside for the most generous souls among us, but I firmly believe that (within certain qualifying criteria) it’s okay to be a little selfish. Sometimes a lot selfish. Here are five times that I identified where being selfish is perfectly […]

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