This past weekend I attended the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. This show hosts over 100,000 attendees from over 100 countries. The mix included suppliers, restaurateurs, the media and entrepreneurs, like myself, hoping to tap into this lucrative 600 billion market. For the past year I've been building restaurantbrandingroadmap, an e-learning product, a web site and business that serves up marketing and branding help to this niche market of independent restaurateurs. I hope to launch the first product within the next 60 days. To date I have built a membership model website and a robust blog.
The past few months I’ve really amped up my commitment to my tennis game. I play 4 or 5 times a week, take lessons and participate in cardio drills. The results have been GREAT. I’ve lost 5 pounds and buffed up quite a bit. And I’ve had a surprising number of wins when I was really behind. I’m talking down by two sets, against a 26 year old or in a deep hole with scores like 5,0 and 5,1 and I've come back. I've been thinking about this phenomenon, how it happens and how it applies to life and business too. For me it’s about a few big emotions: frustration, annoyance, disappointment and how to manage them.
In the spirit of love and affection as many celebrate Valentine's Day, the day of awesome relationships, frisky friendships, risky affairs and just plain gushy lust, I thought it would be appropriate to mention the everyday occurrence of unavailable brands. You know the kind, the not so healthy, lots of issues, not worth the time and certainly not worth the loyalty---when company brands get so chilly, so unconnected and just straight up are not available to their paying customers who truly want to love them. The sad fact is there are many brands who behave like this and then wonder why their customers cheat and defect to a younger or more loving competitor. Here are the red flags to know when it may be time to start dating- I mean shopping around...
Signs are everywhere, unless you live on a zone-restricted island or in a cave, and even then there are signs. Maybe not the kind you order from Kinko's, but there had to have been some sort of communication that was erected, posted or hung by someone with an intention to cause an action or a reaction. I find signs interesting, sometimes confusing and often very enlightening. This week I was doing some cleaning in my office when I stumbled across some signs I saw this past year and shot photos of. Some made me laugh, some made me think, and others reminded me of the experience I had when I first encountered the sign. In any case, I thought they were worth a blog post and decided to share some ideas on smart signing.
This weekend is Labor Day. Many start the count down on Monday, seven days before the official day, as the long weekend nears. It's a day off, the banks are closed and your dinner menu will likely include beer and barbeque. Most don't have a clue to the significance of the original Federal Celebration, which stemmed from President Cleveland's reconciliation with labor unions after the deadly Pullman Strike of 1894, where a number of workers lost their lives.
This week Lauren, my marketing coordinator, and I were in New York City - to say our trip was amazing would be an understatement. We enjoyed a perfect balance of business learning and connecting with [...]
Part II If you just joined in, yesterday I shared my journey of getting two book deals with major publishers. Brain Tattoos and Brand Turnaround my new title that will be out later this year. [...]