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July 2008

Why Advertising is So Hard

I bet that the success of an advertisement is inversely proportional to the number of people involved.  While counter intuitive, in marketing and advertising, there are usually incredible efficiency gains from staff reduction. 

This is why freelance talent is so great.  You tell them what you want, they deliver it for you.  No opinions, no fighting for what they believe is right.  One point of accountability, you.

Viral Marketing Techniques

Great post on Ship's Biscuit about viral marketing techniques.  Great descriptions of the good, the bad and the ugly and who should use what when.  The perfect guide for any marketer that relies on proven technique for short term awareness/sales gains over long term sustainable strategy.  If you need to put lipstick on a pig this is the way to do it.

Six Flags Could be a Greater Adventure

A great place to learn about marketing and scarcity is the Six Flags amusement park in New Jersey.  I drove the 2 plus hours to the park as part of a family fun day at  The day got off to a great start with a drive through the safari and a nicely planned company luncheon.  The scarcity issue came to light the second we tried to get a promised FastPass which would get our family to the front of the hour plus lines on all of the popular rides.

First I was amazed that they charged for the privilege of getting one of these passes.  Our company provided a free coupon for the passes, but still, who wants a $25 a person! up charge.  Next the line to get your "get to the head of the line" pass was itself over an hour.  So to get a pass that lets us cut in line we needed to wait on line over an hour. 

How much better would our experience have been if we could sign up for our "FastPass" online.  How much better still if our kids could create their own plan of how to go through the park with the times built in.  What if they were acknowleged for creating a map with special treatment in the park.

Now I'm sure the management of Great Adventure knows their business better than myself.  Judging from the crowds coming in for the 6PM concert you can't argue that they are doing their best in a tough economy to draw crowds.  It just seems they could be doing 25% better.

PowerPoint Ediquette - The 10-20-30 Rule

There was a great interview on “The Big Idea” last night with Guy Kawasaki (VC, Author of “The Right Start”)


He wrote an excellent blog post on what makes for a good Powerpoint Presentation.  I think it should be our adopted model. 


The net is that we should follow the 10-20-30 rule.


10 slides (the average audience member can only remember 10 concepts)

20 minute presentation

30 font size or larger




Here’s the details post:


Another cool resource is Presentation Zen.