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What Reality TV Shows Teach About Marketing

It’s that time where that much-anticipated event is taking over our screens, social media feeds, and pop culture news. Yes, it’s the new season of The Bachelorette. Something you may not know about me is that my wife has a nephew who’s part of the 2020 lineup. Blake Moynes is the son of Emily Moura-Moynes […]

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Don’t Be Transparent, Be Authentic Instead

Some people tend to tweet, blog, post, and status-update their little hearts out. Be it on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, their own blog, or whatever. They say it’s all about being “transparent,” and transparency is good. But I think we need to be careful. Transparency may seem trendy. It may seem noble or humble. But […]

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Add Breadth And Depth To Your Marketing

Back from a short vacation. It was a beautiful week at a cottage by the lake. Most days were hovering around a warm 22° Celsius (72° Fahrenheit), but with a couple of frosty mornings that caused a dense fog to cover the entire lake. It was absolutely gorgeous. Before I left, I appeared as a […]

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The 4 Pillars Of Power Positioning

Back in 2002, I wrote a book called Power Positioning. It was an expanded version based on my booklet, The 10 Commandments of Power Positioning, which I wrote back in 1992. In it, I defined Power Positioning as a skillful blend of “the art of positioning” and “the science of direct response” because it has […]

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My Name is Michael, I Got a Nickel…

OK, this post has been a long time coming. For over a decade, people keep asking me, “So, what is it: Michel? Michael? Mike? Or what?” (I prefer “Master Overlord,” but I digress. Oh, and here’s a little-known fact: a nickname high school kids gave me was “Spike.”) My name is “Michel,” formally pronounced “Mee-shell.” […]

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Narrow Your Focus to Broaden Your Sales

In the competitive marketplace of the new millennium, the demand for specialized products or services will increase. If your site sells everything or to everyone, chances are that your audience will not perceive any greater value in shopping from you than anyone else. The more generic you are, the greater your competition will be since […]

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The 10-Point Ethics Checklist

Today, Sylvie and I stumbled onto another bad “Internet marketing sin” perpetrated by an online marketer. This person is not as well-known, but judging from their style they’re definitely a student of some of the top “gurus.” When we shared this with our platinum coaching group, a member sent this amazing “10-point ethics checklist,” which […]

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Are All Business People Dishonest?

Seems I’m ranting a lot these days, and a little more opinionated than the norm. Perhaps it’s my back problem, which is killing me, that’s making me more sensitive or irritable. I don’t know. But something someone recently said in my copywriters forum irritated me. And it’s not what this person said specifically, but the […]