Bad Advertising Advice From the Wall Street Journal

How assertive should your advertising be?     According to Alina Dizik of the Wall Street Journal*, not very assertive at all. Dizik’s recent column* points to a study conducted by three researchers at the University of Central Florida.  The researchers showed magazine advertisements to a total of more than 1,000 participants in a series of […]

Your advertising should be as assertive as a drill sergeant

How to Manufacture Sales From Manufactured Holidays

I’m sorry to report that somehow, you missed National Hug a Plumber Day on April 25.  Don’t worry.  There are many other holidays you can celebrate…and profit from. Hug a Plumber Day is one of thousands of “holidays” declared by corporations, civic organizations and individuals looking for a little extra attention. They are often covered by media […]

Salespeople can celebrate holidays like hug a plumber day

How to Handle a Client Who Won’t Listen

I wish advertisers always accepted my advice and did what I told them. Alas. There are some furniture store owners and auto dealers who think they know more about advertising than I do. Sometimes they’re right. But not often. I once considered telling a funeral director that I’d let him embalm the bodies as long as he […]

sales tip: sometimes the client won't listen