Make them want to be there.

By Chuck Sink It occurs to me that marketing and sales have more parallels to teaching than people may realize. As an adjunct professor I’m learning a lot about audience engagement. Students sit though class because they have to, not because they want to. Their parents are paying good money for them to be there.… Read More »

Your Friend the Competitor

By Chuck Sink In business, it pays to make friends with your competition. Now I don’t subscribe to the saying, “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” That’s corruption. What’s really nice about ethical business practice is that competition is not necessarily adversarial. Your business competitors aren’t enemies; they’re colleagues and possibly clients, suppliers… Read More »

Marketing Mistake: Focusing on Social Media

By Chuck Sink Clients and customers are just like you, me, our friends, neighbors and coworkers. We use social media to stay in touch and be informed about people, groups, organizations and causes that interest us. It’s mostly about the people. You and I don’t intentionally log on to Facebook to be wooed by a big… Read More »

Social Responsibility or Common Sense?

By Chuck Sink This article may start out sounding like a sermon but it is more of an observation. Hire the best suited people you can find for the various roles in your organization. Pay fair and equitable wages for work performed. Provide the best possible training and working conditions for your employees. Be sensitive… Read More »

Cheap Noise is Getting Out of Hand

By Chuck Sink I’m in the thicket of online media every day. I’ve studied and practiced all the best practices in social media, blogging, email and web content. I was a very early adopter of LinkedIn and Twitter, then Facebook. I’ve been doing email marketing successfully for about 7 years now. My educated opinion is… Read More »

The Story of Networking and Valuable Content

By Chuck Sink Original subscribers to this newsletter have been receiving some form of it since 2006. It started asBrandworth News, was reestablished as Big Hit Bits and became the Chuck Sink Link in April of 2010. The number of subscribers and quality of readership has steadily improved over 7 years. Market-leading business experts often comment on the articles… Read More »

America from the View of a Business Genius

“The Pledge of Allegiance starts with “I” and ends with “all.” That’s what America is all about – “I” (individual) and “all” (all of us). When all of us understand how valuable each of us is, that’s powerful. And here’s what else is powerful: When each of us understands how powerful all of us are.”… Read More »

Crack a Few Shells to Get Food for Thought

By Chuck Sink The default position of almost every corporate communication decision is the watered down, safe, politically correct version of the story. Unfortunately, that’s the bogus version. The risk of offending one vocal audience member has executives cowering in fear of the social and political mobs. Honesty and truth are hiding in the minds… Read More »

Speed what? Are you kidding?

By Chuck Sink Remember the ironically short “speed networking” fad?  I haven’t been invited to any such events or seen any advertised in the last year or two and I’m a prime target. However, I did hear about one the other night. The person who attended said he nabbed 3 or 4 good leads and… Read More »

Loyalty means never having to say “on sale!”

By Chuck Sink My opinion is we should avoid tossing around such powerful words as loyalty when we’re designing promotional programs. “Customer loyalty” in the context of incentive based purchases is a misnomer. Loyalty is faithful adherence to something in good times and bad; at full retail or deep discount. Loyalty is akin to honor, faith,… Read More »