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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
So lately everyone is a buzz with the topic of Social Networking. If you are not currently on
, 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?
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.
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.
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
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
“In ten year, traditional marketing as we know it will disappear.”
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.
The experts are weighing in, at this point if you ask me, it is anyone’s “guess” where are economy is heading. I think if we look back at history, like Bill Fleckenstein does in his article on MSN, “Why we can’t cruise past a recession”, we might find that he’s not all that off base. He takes a look at history, and some reason it does tend to have a funny way of repeating itself.