Banned!

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Banned!
In 1598 Queen Elizabeth held a banquet. And on this auspicious occasion it was declared that guests would enjoy the pleasure of a new food source, recently discovered in the New World – potatoes! Unfortunately… There was a problem. None of the royal chefs had any idea on how to cook a potato! So, by […]
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Sting was right

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Sting was right
Tanks. Bombs dropping. Nazi concentration camps. The atom bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Even though over 70 years have gone by, the imagery of World War II is still vibrant to most of us. Eisenhower, Churchill and Stalin are still well known figures far from forgotten. However, many facts about World War II are practically […]
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Apple pie?

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Apple pie?
“Baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet…” According to the song, nothing is more American, right? Except that baseball was invented in Britain! In fact, the first recorded game of baseball was in 1749 in Surrey, England. The prince was one of the players! The first known reference to baseball in America was in 1791, forty-two years […]
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History is fun!

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History is fun!
Hey there, This weeks posts are all going to be related to interesting fun historical facts that you may not have realized are true. I am constantly amazed at how much of our past remains so completely obscure for us. For example, here’s a thought for you: According to archeologists, humans first appeared around 200,000 years […]
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Are you crazy?

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Are you crazy?
That’s the first reply I got to yesterday’s email. Are you really suggesting people mail there lists every day? You must be crazy! Could be, but I’m not wearing a straight jacket yet. Here’s probably what you’re thinking… You’ll burn your list out! Everyone will unsubscribe! People hate spammers! And guess what? That’s a bunch […]
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Five Essential Tasks

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Five Essential Tasks
Last week I answered two questions: What marketing should I do if I’m totally broke? What marketing should I do if I’m rolling in dough? But today I don’t want to focus on the extremes. Instead I’d like to share with you the five essential marketing tasks that every business should be taking care of […]
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Grandpa said…

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Grandpa said…
When I was a senior in high school my grandpa gave me some advice. I was sitting in the cab of his pickup – don’t remember where we were going – when he said, “Dennis, whatever you do be the best at it. Even if it’s kissing ass!” That one phrase, along with a lifetime […]
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The fine line…

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The fine line…
“Teach don’t sell.” This is one of the most abused catch phrases of the day. While there is some truth to it, often it can become a mortal trap for lots of professionals. Let me explain. A couple of days ago I was talking with a friend of mine. He’s a smart, experienced guy with […]
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The Spanish Christmas Lottery

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The Spanish Christmas Lottery
Hola, ¿qué tal? Living in Spain for so many years taught me so many things. I’ve learned to speak Spanish, eat properly, dress elegantly and even how to dance Sevillanas! However, being married to a Spaniard has taught me something far more important. Over the years I’ve learned what multi-cultural really means. Until you’ve laughed […]
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He missed the train

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He missed the train
It really happened. I know because I saw the tear in his eye. Quite a few years ago (and no, I’m not saying how many 🙂 my best friend Larry and I went to Spain to “learn Spanish” and “see the world”. I ended up meeting my wife and soulmate and staying there for over […]
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Doggie dental doin’…

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Doggie dental doin’…
You probably know this. In fact, if you’ve been reading my emails for a while, you know that Skyh (our blue pitbull puppy) dislocated my elbow not long ago. She also almost got me devoured by gators, but that’s another story… However, you might not know that we actually have two dogs – Cahle & […]
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Why I don’t recommend mailchimp

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Why I don’t recommend mailchimp
I don’t. Many years ago I was a mailchimp fan – I still have a mailchimp t-shirt they sent me at least 10 years ago. I love their personality and I think they’ve done an awesome job at establishing their position in the market. But I just can’t recommend their service to my clients. Why? […]
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Would you like to print your own money?

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Would you like to print your own money?
Wouldn’t it be cool? Wouldn’t it be fun? Wouldn’t it be joyful? Imagine waking up in the morning, clicking a button, and printing out a few thousand dollars… Seems like an impossible dream, no? Well, in a way that’s exactly what you could do if you decide to become a VIVA Crown Holder. You see, […]
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What’s around the corner?

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What’s around the corner?
I get asked this quite a bit… What are the next big things in online marketing that business owners should be aware of? With so much changing, it often seems like an impossible task to come up with a good answer. However, for the moment I DO have something in mind that I’d like to […]
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Black & Decker Marketing…

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Black & Decker Marketing…
Hey there, For those of you who know me, one of my missions is to make online marketing less mysterious and more accessible for businesses of all sizes. The internet has opened the doors to mass communication on an individual basis. However, why should walking through that door be so hard for nearly everyone? The […]
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The Round Man

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The Round Man
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my grandpa. James Franklin Dew, Jr. was the son of a Souther Baptist revival preacher. He was a poet, an avid reader of cowboy novels and sharp bridge player. He was affectionately known by all as “The Round Man”. I remember how he told me stories about growing […]
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Bagels for breakfast?

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Bagels for breakfast?
Here’s an interesting tidbit for you… Did you know that Ben & Jerry’s original plan was to go into the bagel business? Yep, ice cream wasn’t their first choice. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your point of view) the equipment necessary for making bagels was just too expensive. They realized their limitations, changed course and […]
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Coffee’s brewin’

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Coffee’s brewin’
Coffee is brewing, the sun is shining, and it’s time for something totally weird. In fact, today I’m going to begin sharing with you perhaps the strangest, most impossible project you’ve ever heard of. To be honest, it may not work. To be sincere, it may fizzle out and disappear forever. But it might just […]
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Things that go boom!

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Things that go boom!
Here we go again… Since pretty much everything he’s touched since becoming president has gone fizzle, spurt, clunk, Mr. Trump decided to go boom. I guess it was inevitable. But why do we Americans love blowing things up so much? Kinda seems like they never let us play with the chemistry set as kids, and […]
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Are you blogging?

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Are you blogging?
Over the years I’ve learned the power of being consistent. Religiously I send you an email every morning – come rain or shine. At the very least this silently communicates to you two important qualities. First, that I care enough about you to keep up with it. And second, that I’m consistent about the work […]
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Numbers Marketing

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Numbers Marketing
Yesterday we talked about pulling down your drawers and letting it all hang out. But today is a new day. Today, with my sensible, professional advisor hat firmly in place, I want to talk about another critical aspect of any successful campaign: the numbers. While it’s true that creating a stir and driving a ton […]
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Flash News: Talented Marketer Almost Devoured by Hungry Alligators

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Flash News: Talented Marketer Almost Devoured by Hungry Alligators
It all started with a duck. A duck who had no intention of being an afternoon snack. For Skyh. Yes, the same happy pit bull puppy that dislocated my elbow a couple of months ago. But back to the story. We were enjoying our everyday walk in the park. The dogs were playing with their […]
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Fish Scales & Squashed Beatles

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Fish Scales & Squashed Beatles
When was the last time you ate fish scales? When did you last snack on some squashed beatles? “Never! Ughhh! Don’t make me sick!” you shout. But wrong you’d be. At this very moment, half of you may very well be indulging in these ingredients as you read this email. And the other half probably […]
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Framed!

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Framed!
Sometimes they’re simple. Sometimes they’re ornate. Sometimes they’re more beautiful than the painting itself. Of course, I’m talking about frames. However, I’m not really talking about picture frames. And I’m not talking about eyeglass frames or going to jail because you’ve been framed. Instead, today I’d like to talk to you about the power of […]
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Have you done this?

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Have you done this?
Tell me the truth. Give me an honest answer. I want to know if you’ve ever done this: Have you ever gone to a website and checked the blog to see how long it’s been since they posted anything? Come on, fess up! I know you have. After all, it’s a good way to gauge […]
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Like the Carburetor on a ’66 Oldsmobile Toronado

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Like the Carburetor on a ’66 Oldsmobile Toronado
Pretty, ain’t she? This, my friend is a ’66 Oldsmobile Toronado – one of America’s finest creations! I know this because one of my best friends has one back in NM and it’s a real jewel. But guess what? It’s a fickle little princess too. You see, under that massive hood lies an evil little […]
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