Why does iMAGiNE exist?

I was asked to write a blog based on this question: “Why does Imagine exist?” I could say it’s a place people go to earn a salary. I could go into a formal description of Imagine Communications as a business that helps other businesses encourage the distribution and sales of goods and services. I could…
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Stuffed at the goal line

As I write this, we’re still in the middle of the World Cup (minus the U.S. team) while the other football, the one with the funny looking pigskin spheroid, waits in the wings. And I’m reminded of a few clients who, over the years, could learn a lesson from both. Specifically, I’ve noticed a pattern…
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Facebook stock decline proves goodwill important to companies’ long-term success

I don’t know anyone who really likes Facebook. Sure, it has close to a billion users who enjoy connecting with old and new friends alike. But I’m talking about the company itself. I think most of us use the service grudgingly, mainly because it’s the best available option. But just wait until something better comes…
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Marketing lessons from World Book Night

“Excuse me, ma’am, can I offer you a free copy of ‘Friday Night Lights’?” The woman recoiled as if I were holding a baby rattler. “No!” she shouted, backing away. And then, by way of mumbled explanation, “I don’t read.” She’s not alone. According to an Associated Press poll, one-quarter of all Americans read no…
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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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Diversification can save your bacon

During the ancient days of marketing – roughly three years ago – I believed that businesses should focus on a very narrow set of skills, products and services. That philosophy had always served me and my clients well during my three decades in the field. Recent economic developments have led me to rethink my position.…
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