What kind of marketing is the most effective?

sneezr.ca Have you ever asked yourself that question? I did. In fact, many years ago I spent countless hours trying to figure it out.
The answer turned out to be quite simple: word of mouth marketing. Or as I call it: the art of cultivating recommendations.

Surprised? Probably not. With recommendations, there is no sales pressure and no credibility issues. When your friends, family members or trusted co-workers recommend something or someone to you, they are genuinely trying to help you. That means a lot, which is why you usually remember it for a long time. But here is the catch: recommendations must be earned. How do you do that? Where do you start? How do you give people a reason to talk about your products/services? How do you nudge your story into every day conversations? I launched sneezr.ca to help you answer those questions.

What can watches teaches us about marketing

In his remarkable book about the role of design, Watches Tell More than Time, the designer Del Coates explains that “it is impossible, continue reading

What is the value of a candle?

This is a long post, so please feel free to skip it.

They say that it is almost impossible to attempt to date the origin of candles. Apparently the continue reading

How hard is it to do just one thing right?

Remember Curly from the movie City Slickers? (Played by the late, great Jack Palance.)

Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [points index finger skyward] This.

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Do you avoid the obvious?

After recently seeing Dave Peltz on Charlie continue reading

A lesson about humility, patience & elegance

This is a long post, so please feel free to skip it.

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Why are Gladwell & Godin progress leaders?

Why do I encourage every entrepreneur I come in contact with to read at least one book by authors Malcolm Gladwell or Seth Godin? Because chances are, continue reading

What is an entrepreneur?

I was asked the above question a few days ago. My short answer was:
A person who’s turning ideas into commercial assets & encouraging others to do the same.


A short story about six frogs on a log

I just finished reading the book titled Five Seconds At A Time, continue reading

How do you wear your music?

A gift that rocks.
I came across the above headline recently while reading one of my favourite magazines.
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How to kill a wolf with your bare hands

My pen pal Seth Godin is right: I spread stories of my fellow storytellers simply because I’m in awe of their art and the only way I can repay continue reading

Two questions that can change your life

A video excerpt from Daniel Pink’s book titled DRIVE (I highly recommend it):

My take-away suggestion: You are leading you. Please don’t take this task lightly.

Keith Richards – what does he do for a living?

The Rolling Stones are one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world. In his recent interview for the  continue reading

Why has Facebook flourished?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? I did.
One of the simplest explanations I have found so far comes from Ivor Tossell, a columnist for The Globe and Mail:

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How Apple Turns Art Into Profit

I was recently asked: Why did you devote a whole book continue reading