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How Super Bowl Ads Can Hurt Small Business

How Super Bowl Ads Can Hurt Small Business

Comedian Andy Borowitz tweeted just before this year’s big game: “Super Bowl ads are worth every penny! My favorite from last year was the one with the car or the…

What Small Business Owners Can Learn From Watching Super Bowl Ads

What Small Business Owners Can Learn From Watching Super Bowl Ads

I’ve been a proud Chicagoan since moving here 11 years ago, but I did spend the first 18 years of my life in New York and the next 17 in…

Free Motorcycles: Crazy Promotion?

Free Motorcycles:  Crazy Promotion?

As everyone knows, this is by far the busiest time of the year for retail stores. But that usually doesn’t apply to motorcycle stores in Chicago, because it’s not exactly…

‘Tis The Season To Give Up?

‘Tis The Season To Give Up?

What would you think if a football player caught a kickoff on his own goal line, then broke into the clear, but decided just to lay down and get tackled…

“Discount Marketing” Done Right

“Discount Marketing” Done Right

In last week’s post, I told the story of one local small business owner who has been frustrated by his poor attempts to build his business with a strategy of…

Don’t Get Trapped In “Discount City”

Don’t Get Trapped In “Discount City”

Early in my consulting career, a very wise mentor cautioned me against getting frustrated about people who just refused to “get it.” His words of wisdom have stayed with me…

Dan Kennedy: The Untold Stories

Dan Kennedy: The Untold Stories

Behind every great entrepreneurial success story that everybody knows, there is an untold story – and it’s usually more interesting and a lot more instructive. They all tend to have…

Hurricane Irene: What’s in a name?

Hurricane Irene:  What’s in a name?

Fortunately for us here in Chicago, we were nowhere near the path of deadly Hurricane Irene, whose aftermath is still wreaking havoc for millions up and down the east coast.…

Did you feel the Earth move?

Did you feel the Earth move?

Yesterday, news spread quickly about an earthquake felt up and down the entire eastern seaboard of the United States, and even as far north as Canada. The quake measured “only”…

What if you threw a party and nobody came?

What if you threw a party and nobody came?

It’s summertime in Chicago. A time for festivals, outdoor events and backyard barbeques. We only get a few months of “outdoor activities” weather here, so we really know how to…