$6 Google AdWords Campaign Lands Dream Job

For anyone looking for a new job (pay attention college grads) or trying to get that next big sale and running into a roadblock because you can’t get the attention of a key decision maker, check out this brilliant job search strategy by copywriter Alec Brownstein.

  1. Brownstein used Google AdWords to target Ad Agency Creative Directors on Madison Avenue in New York
  2. He bet 15 cents per click that these Creatives were no different than the rest of  us self absorbed people who Google ourselves
  3. What the CD’s saw when they Googled themselves was a personal ad from Brownstein – BRILLIANT!
  4. Young & Rubicam offered him a job!

Note: Brownstein’s Google Job Experiment YouTube video has been viewed over 500,000 times!  Rock on Alec!


Hopeful Marketing Ideas to Help Homeless

One of the things that sickens and saddens me in homelessness.

On a such special day as today – Mother’s Day – where is our “mothering” skill when it comes to others – we’re all connected aren’t we?

In this rich country of ours, these homelessness statistics are mind blowing to me:

  • About 3.5 million people experience homelessness in a given year
  • 40% are families with children—the fastest growing segment
  • 1.37 million (or 39%) of the total homeless population are children <18.
  • 1 out of 50 American kids will be homeless

And, with people losing their jobs the homelessness situation is getting worse.

Last Friday, we helped out our good friends and former Steelers Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley reconnect with the super cool folks at KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live TV Show (many thanks to KD’s super producer extraordinaire Jill Neely) to talk about their 8th Annual Walk for the Homeless on Saturday, May 15 – benefiting Pittsburgh’s area homeless via the unsung heroes at Light of Life Rescue Mission on the city’s North Side.

Check out the very funny and yet touching Tunch and Wolf KDKA-TV video here.

What can you do to help?

Here are a few more marketing ideas that might spark a few more from all of you terrific marketers and brands:

Love this gal – one of my new heroes – Shay Kelley and her Project 50/50 – here’s her amazing story about helping the homeless after becoming homeless herself as told by CNN – Jobless woman finds generosity on the streets

Here are three great Web sites to kick start your thinking:

  1. Change.org
  2. Invisible People
  3. Homeless Children in America

And, here’s a list of more ideas and ways (some overlap of course) to help:

Granted, a lot of the ideas are tactical in nature, but certainly a lot of tactics can build up to a strong strategy.

You know one thing for sure and that is, your good, sainted mother would be proud of you, if/when you would help those less fortunate than you.

I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and
the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for,
to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody [to no one].

Mother Teresa  ‘My Life for the Poor’


25 Brand Marketing Lessons From My Mom

This weekend is always a great time for me, because it gives me extra time to truly pause and reflect on my super Mom – I adore her (same goes for my mother-in-law too) and am so very blessed to have her in my life. Now, I’ve always been a believer in the Big Guy upstairs, but I’ll tell you if my Mom doesn’t make it to heaven, there just simply isn’t one!

While Mother’s Day comes just once a year, every day should be Mother’s Day for the incredible role they play in all of our lives.

Don’t you agree?

Salary.Com, has highlighted all of the job titles that best define all of Moms’  responsibilities which are (in order of hours spent per week): housekeeper, day care center teacher, cook, computer operator, facilities manager, van driver, psychologist, laundry machine operator, janitor and chief executive officer. I’d add dog walker/caregiver, guardian/protector, nurse/doctor, motivational speaker, cheerleader, life coach, healthcare consultant, gardener (PLUS – “day job’ working mom if it applies) and I’m sure my Mom could list more!

So what is Mom worth?

For me, and I’m sure for you, Mom is priceless, however Salary.Com gave it a shot to actually put a price tag on Mom’s work.

Based on a survey of more than 28,000 mothers, Salary.com determined that the time mothers spend performing 10 typical job functions would equate to an annual salary of $117,867 for a stay-at-home mom. Working moms ‘at-home’ salary is $71,868 in 2010; this is in addition to the salary they earn in the workplace.

Here’s a really cool thing you can give Mom on her special day – a customized paycheck – now you can’t put a price tag on your Mom, but Salary.Com is certainly giving it a go!

In Marketing, strong Brands are what it’s all about, so what you can you learn about brand marketing from Brand Mom? Here are 25 lessons (in no particular order) from where I’m sitting:

  1. Have unconditional love for your family
  2. Tell the truth, admit when you’re wrong and be truly sorry
  3. Leave things and people better off than when you found them
  4. Stand for something – Care
  5. Clean up after yourself
  6. Don’t be a blind follower – lead
  7. Surround yourself with positive people
  8. Do good work and be proud of your work
  9. Perseverance – have resolve
  10. Be a team builder
  11. Be positive and enthusiastic
  12. Be respectful and respect yourself
  13. Be disciplined and follow through on execution
  14. Keep your word – walk your talk
  15. Servant leadership – serve others without looking for payback or PR
  16. Smile, be nice and be courteous – say thank you and please
  17. Speak up, speak clearly and write well
  18. Say thank you and mean it
  19. Plan ahead and be resourceful
  20. Have faith, hope and dreams – think big
  21. Know the value of a dollar – save money for raining days
  22. Learn how to bounce and roll because you’ll fall and fail often
  23. Sweat the details, but don’t sweat the small stuff
  24. Be true to yourself – don’t be someone you’re not
  25. Money isn’t everything, but Family is

Thanks Mom!

How about you? Anything to add?

Happy Mother’s Day Super Moms Everywhere!


NHL Scores Clutch Marketing Goal

Growing up in the city of Pittsburgh in the 60’s and 70’s, hockey wasn’t the hot sport it has become, and even today I’m what the NHL calls a “casual fan.”

However, when it comes to NHL hockey marketing, I’m a rabid fan. After the lockout season of 2004-05, the NHL has put forth an amazing marketing power play. The NHL has become more relevant, is skating with a cool, new swagger and is scoring huge marketing goals!

This New York Sports Journalism feature outlines several of the key marketing initiatives the NHL has embraced such as getting back to the roots of their game with the Winter Classic, embracing and communicating player’s unique stories, creating special events aligned with sponsor brand needs, taking full advantage of the 2010 Olympics in Canada, becoming an online category killer and more. Their social media strategy is a killer one too.

The NHL offers great marketing lessons to all brands in search of a comeback.

As an added bonus, here are a few mobile marketing insights from the Chicago Blackhawks featuring an SMS case study and the New York Rangers $1 million dollar mobile sweepstakes.

P.S.: More good news.  Brand NHL has got it’s groove back and introduces its cool new NHL iPhone App announced via NHL.Com

Go Pens!