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SuperBowl Ads — Mistakes or Money Makers?

Were the 2014 SuperBowl mistakes or money makers? There were plenty of both. None of the spots hit it out of the ballpark like the first E-Trade baby spots, but everyone had favorites. A good TV spot should stand out, connect with the audience and have some call to action …

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17 Things to Think About Before the New Year

The new year is right around the corner. What changes are you going to make in your marketing in 2014? What changes are you going to make in your life? Everyone believes they need to make big changes but the only big change you need is the change to your …

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Good Sales Messages Start With a Good Value Proposition

Every once in a while, the CEO of an organization should have to make a few new business sales calls. Yes, cold calls (gasp!). The CEO should not imitate an episode of “Undercover Boss” by making the call anonymously. And he or she should not be calling friends, associates and …

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Mooney Indoor Billboards

This is a series of “indoor billboards” we developed for Cardinal Mooney High School. They are displayed in hallways throughout the school. The goal is to inspire students and teachers every day. They also appeal to prospective students and parents who tour the school. Note these are draft mock ups. …

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Can You Package Your Passion and Sell It?

In the early years of Farris Marketing, we had a lot of retailers as clients. That’s because — before the age of international retail giants — the Valley had quite a few large department stores, and multi-location clothing, hardware and drug stores that were locally owned. We produced tons and …

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The UnSlept — an Untapped Market

Most nights, I hit the sack around midnight and fall asleep within a half hour. I wake up refreshed and raring to go. Then I look at the clock and see it’s 2:15 a.m. Oh, oh. Here we go again. I look over at my spouse. She is sleeping soundly. …

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The Best Reality TV Shows Sell Hope and Happiness

Most reality TV shows make me cringe. I’m not sure why anyone would find the lives of Beverly Hills housewives and bearded duck-hunters so fascinating that they tune in to watch in record numbers. But when a friend asked me to name my favorite TV shows, I realized that my …

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Is Your Marketing Blending In or Standing Out?

It was the spring of 1966 and we were almost teenagers. Me and my buddies from the sixth grade at St. Nicholas Grade School were pretty excited about going to our first mixed party of boys and girls. We wanted to stand out…show the girls how we were different. We …

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