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So I started a company.

This morning I officially launched my new marketing agency, Cromulent Marketing.

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Doomed from Inception: The Horizon 2 Gap in the Real World

In case you’re not familiar with The Three Horizons Model of portfolio management, and how it maps to the Growth/Materiality Matrix, here’s a crash course: Horizon 1 refers to current businesses that generate today’s cash flow; investments made here are expected to

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Posted in Management, Marketing

Provocation-Based Marketing in Action

“Rather than resign themselves to hearing the standard ‘Sorry, we have no budget for that,’ some vendors—even some very young start-ups—have found a way to reach their customers’ resource owners and motivate them to allocate the necessary funds. Using what

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Book Report: Microstyle

“So, how do you pack a lot of meaning into a little message? You don’t. That’s the first lesson of microstyle. A message isn’t a treasure chest full of meaning. It’s more like a key that opens doors. A message

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Posted in Advertising, Books, Everything, Marketing

Book Report: The Inner Lives of Markets

“Markets are a means of resource allocation, and often a really effective one at that. But they’re not good for everything – or at least not without a lot of engineering and tweaking. That’s something both free-market advocates, as well

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What’s in a name? A curiously long post about naming things.

I cannot stress this point enough: everything needs a name! And everything will get a name, whether consciously (i.e., thought went into it) or not (i.e., whatever term happened to pop into someone’s head when he entered it into a

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Posted in Everything, Leadership, Marketing

A Naming Success Story for the Ages

When you come up with the right name, it’s like that name was there all along, and all you had to do was look in its direction, then it’d march right up, shake your hand, introduce itself, and smack you

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