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How Do We Decide

Wed, 13 May, 2009
Posted by wendy renner
How do we Decide to do anything in life? From walking across the street or turning the corner, the venti vanilla latte or the herbal tea, to buy or not to buy. What is it in our brain that makes us actually choose to do something? A new book by Johan Lehrer, titled appropriately How We Decide, explains just that.

Green, it's here to stay

Wed, 4 March, 2009
Posted by wendy renner
I know everything these days are green, but are they really. After just completing the NAHB's Green Building Certification course, I'm here to tell you, most of you are already pretty close to building green. Sure there might be more you can do, recycle, used sustainable products, be more energy efficient, build a smaller footprint (now that is a novel idea), but over all, it really isn't rocket science and currently it might be one of the best ways to actually differentiate yourself in the VERY competitive marketplace.

Twitter applications

Fri, 20 February, 2009
Posted by wendy renner
If you haven't started to Twitter, you might want to give it a second look. I know, you are thinking this is for the teeny bopper generation. My clients don't care if I'm going to coffee or heading to the gym. Those were my sentiments exactly, but that was before I found out just how useful these social networking tools can be for your business. Here are a few sites that can help explain this crazy new phenomenon.

Another View on Recession Marketing

Wed, 18 February, 2009
Posted by wendy renner
I thought I would follow up yesterday's post with yet another view on what we can do as marketers, during this very interesting time.

Marketing in the Economic Mess

Tue, 17 February, 2009
Posted by wendy renner
Marketing seems to always be the topic of debate when the economy hits a downward slide. It is always the first to get cut, but then it is usually the first to come back on line as well. However, just throwing money or ads at the problem is not always the wisest solution.

Back from IBS

Wed, 28 January, 2009
Posted by wendy renner
Well I'm finally back at it. After a much needed vacation over the holidays, I'm back and ready to roll. Which is literally what I just got back from doing, down in Vegas, at the International Builder Show. The dice weren't as hot as I would have liked, but the show was just what I needed to get back in gear.

Keep an Eye on the Economy

Tue, 25 November, 2008
Posted by wendy renner
The bad news just keeps flowing in. What is accurate? What is over exaggerated? In times when things change as fast as the Montana weather, it is good to keep on top of what is really going on with the economy on a local and national level.

Just to Make you Smile

Wed, 29 October, 2008
Posted by wendy renner

Every once in a while you need to take a deep breath and reflect. This video does that for me. Hope you enjoy.

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No More, Same Old Thing

Tue, 28 October, 2008
Posted by wendy renner
Sometimes it is wise to break from the mold and set out on a new path. Everything seems to be turned on its head, as of lately, and the home building industry is no exception. If we are going to continue down the same old path, we are going to get the same old results. Currently those are not too appealing, are they?

Collaboration - Creative Thinking

Wed, 8 October, 2008
Posted by wendy renner
It only takes a few people to totally redirect and solve very complex problems. However, if you venture out on your own, you might actually get there, it just might take you a really long time. I find it interesting that some of the greatest ideas or solutions seem to come from just a few individuals that band together and just look at the problem differently. It seems they just step back, turn it upside down and then flip it inside out.

LEED is it really Green?

Thu, 18 September, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
Lately I have been looking around at all the GREEN things that have been going on and it has caused me to wonder. Are we any where close to where we need to be. Granted, green is now a household word, which in itself is a remarkable feat. But, are we getting anywhere with all this.

Social Networking

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
So lately everyone is a buzz with the topic of Social Networking. If you are not currently on Face Book , MySpace , or Linked In , you are doomed to failure. Or are you? Are these sites really for personal use only, or have they crossed into the field of business and marketing?

Bubbles Bursting - Oh What to Do?

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
The media is flooded with the headlines “The Bubble has burst”, but what does this really mean to builders and developers as far as marketing and selling their products. The focus needs to be shifted from this doom or gloom amongst our industry to looking forward towards the future.

Is Advertising Dead?

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
Lately I keep coming across articles that are ranting that “Advertising is dead”. No one is tuning in anymore, it is simply information overload. It seems the saying goes “What we resist will persist” just might be true.

Market Intelligence

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
Yesterday I attended a speech by Steven S. Little . The topic was on Business Growth and included many of the rules from his book, "Seven Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth" .

Top 10 Trends for Marketing in 2008

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
Chief Marketer just sent out a new article on their view of what is going to be hot in marketing in 2008. They bring up some good points, with new electronic media becoming more and more user friendly, I think the major trend is going to be focused in that medium.

Social Networking Follow up

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
I just came across an article in Chief Marketer that has another view on social networking. Their main point focuses on viral downloads and not necessarily on just networking in these social places.

Two Must Read Books for the New Year

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
I just completed the two very timely books to bring in the new year: "Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies" by Jim Colins (Author) and Jerry I. Porras (Author), and "Success Built to Last" by Jerry Porras (Author), Stewart Emery (Author) and Mark Thompson (Author). Both books focus on what it takes to be a success not only in business but in life.

Are you talking to the right people?

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
Upon returning from a series of recent conferences, a consistent theme kept popping up, “Are we speaking to the right people?”. Not only that, but are we even talking with the correct message.

LEED Certified

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
The World has finally sat up and taken notice. We all need to be doing something to help the environment. We all need to focus on what we can do to aid in the fight. One thing that is being talked about continuously in the building industry is LEED Certification .

Is Digital our New Future?

Wed, 23 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
If you are listening to Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, you just might be convinced that this is our new reality. Recently at the Master’s of Marketing Conference in Phoenix, last week, this was the main topic of discussion. He even went so far as to say, in an article by Brand Week “In ten year, traditional marketing as we know it will disappear.”

Try Something NEW!

Tue, 1 July, 2008
Posted by Wendy Renner
I’m constantly preaching that if you continue executing the same actions, you are most likely going to get the same results.