Happy Earth Day! I’m cool with marketing this day with other earth-conscious persons. Focusing attention on key sustainability issues today is a very good thing. I’m not keen on greenwashing (ie. British Petroleum pre-Gulf oil spill disaster). We’ve written a bunch on our rule #1 for companies promoting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): “First be Good, Then Talk About It.” So many get the cart before the proverbial horse, doing brilliant marketing with less attention to actually moving the needle ...Continue Reading → Share
Olympic sized Public Relations (PR) is just that…real BIG! So, when something goes wrong on the largest public relations stage, it’s real wrong. But, what’s the real PR lesson here. Is it unfinished hotel rooms for journalists, the very folks that buy virtual ink by the gallon? Did you really think someone wouldn’t Tweet this, Mr Putin. Is it the ghetto without running water across the super highway, just behind that fence that segregates the have tickets from the ...Continue Reading → Share
Oil and Gas. We all use them. We ‘gotta have em’. At some level we all seek cleaner ways to use them for a more sustainable planet. Our client SpotterRF recently visited the tip top of the world’s tallest manmade industry, and building, Dubai for the Intersec conference. Joining tens of thousands of conference goers, CEO Logan Harris and his CFO Glory Harris, found a warm reception is a very warm climate. But, let’s learn more about Dubai.
Dubai (/duːˈbaɪ/ doo-by; ...Continue Reading → Share
One Million Cups, a Kauffman Labs initiative bringing together a community of entrepreneurs; launches the 25th such city in Provo, Utah.
PROVO, Utah – Local community organizers and entrepreneurs, with the assistance of Kauffman Labs, are set to launch the 25th city of its kind here in Provo, Utah. The launch will be held on Wednesday, January 29th from 9:00 to 10:00 am, at Camp 4 in the Startup Building, ...Continue Reading → Share
Social Media, blogs, and Internet self-publishing have unleashed the public as editor-in-chief of their own comment section for online media. Much changed from the newspaper one-way push publication of the past, the new media forces editorial-based traditional media to create new policies for dealing with those blankety-blank comments authored by unfiltered sources.
Whole new PR practices like Online Reputation Management spring from this social phenomenon. Rude behavior is on the rise for some reason as discussed in major media ...Continue Reading → Share
Snapchat’s amazing growth to 20 million users is fueled by the disenchantment of young people who don’t like the invasion of their beloved Facebook by older users–especially mom and dad. They want their privacy. They also want to erase the permanancey of their online conversations, creating a safer place to play with friends on the Internet. However, Snapchat’s recent revelation of the theft of 4.6 million user profiles has vaporized the “aura of awesome” around this pre-revenue entrepreneurial startup.
What went ...Continue Reading → Share
Mark Cuban of Shark Tank fame invested in Kisstixx, a company I consulted with when they were a client in the Orem CEDO business incubator where I served as board member. I blogged about the Kisstixx party commemorating that event at the time. Good times for Utah entrepreneurs. Recently, Utah entrepreneur Garrett Gee, founder of SCAN, appeared on the show. Garrett was an UVEF Apprentice back in 2010 when I was chairman of the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (Continue Reading → Share
With similar motives, Kauffman Foundation – 1 Million Cups of Kansas City and Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum (UVEF) have both advanced the cause of entrepreneurs and startups. Founded in 1989 by local tech leaders, UVEF was among the first three Utah organizations born to support the states growing startup ecosystem. Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960′s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, founder of Marion Laboratories.
For decades, ...Continue Reading → Share