“Advertising doesn’t work”

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase. In line at the store, in casual conversations, even in meetings with potential clients, that phrase comes up quite a bit. You’ve gotten that call before. Someone in media sales has a deal that’s too good to pass up (or so they claim). They…
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Caution: ‘Mad Men’ can lead to mad agency

I’m a big fan of “Mad Men.” The story line, the writing, the work, the costumes; I like it all. There is one thing, however, that I don’t like: the agency. Every time I watch the show, or even last season’s tagalong “The Pitch,” I say a prayer of gratitude that I work at Imagine…
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Marketing Geek Goes to Comic-Con

I’ve been a self-proclaimed “geek” for most of my life. While others shied away from their geekier side, I embraced mine. I worked with what I had. A few weeks ago, I fully embraced it and let my geek flag fly at San Diego Comic-Con for the first time. And while I was there, another side of…
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Making Imagine’s outside match what’s inside

When a business is born (especially of the entrepreneurial kind) a lot of effort is put into finding a name that truly matches the essence and spirit of what that business will offer, as well as a name that will stand the test of time. This is very true for Imagine. The dream for Imagine…
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Imagine, new and improved

For some time, I’ve had the sense that the word “marketing” no longer accurately conveys the full spectrum of activities we’re involved in at Imagine. The word seems vaguely old-fashioned, as if the speed of technology has passed it by. Over the last few months, this discussion has been a central focus of our entire…
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Market Research You CAN Afford

Before coming to Imagine, I worked as a marketing manager for a small business. Working for a small business meant that sometimes I had to get creative with ways to stretch our marketing dollar. We knew who we wanted to target and we knew who our customers were. Social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and…
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How a restaurant could have turned a catastrophe into an opportunity

A couple of weeks ago my colleague, Megan Lane, wrote about businesses that have problems dealing with marketing campaigns that are “too successful.” This week, my wife and I experienced that situation first-hand. One of our favorite local Chinese restaurant chains offered a “2 Entrees for $10” special in honor of its 10th anniversary. When…
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Package deal

Recently, while waiting in line at In ‘n’ Out (regular readers of my blog know I’m a burger junkie), I passed the time by adding up the individual item prices and comparing them to the package prices. Guess what? They’re the same. I have to admit my surprise. As consumers, we’re trained to believe that…
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