Google’s New Rules for Digital Marketing

The Home Page of Digital Marketing

One of the biggest players in digital marketing is changing the rules of the game once again. Google is introducing a few new initiatives that look to the future of a mobile-first world and attempt to make the way businesses communicate with customers even more streamlined.

Here’s a rundown of changes that are coming and where the advantage lies for savvy digital marketers. Read More

Stop Multitasking and Start Doing This

Even though this is the Year of No Effing Excuses, there are still some things I’m just not going to do. One of those is multitasking. Just because there’s a nearly endless and ever-growing list of tasks that need to be completed each day doesn’t mean you should tackle many of them at once through trying to do them all at once. In fact, multitasking is almost never the answer to your time management dilemmas.

How can that be? Everyone (especially us Millennials) is proficient in multitasking. You have to be if you want to score a job these days. It’s right there in the requirements.

So how come we all want to multitask? And if we can’t multitask so well, what can we do? Let’s discuss. Read More

My Original No F-cking Excuses Kick In The Pants

This Is the Year of No Effing Excuses

A few years ago, I was having a rough patch working for a major area marketing agency. I was asked to take on responsibilities for one of our major clients. This was my first shot at the big time. Yet within a week they wanted me off the business. Kind of a rocky start to the relationship to say the least.

The agency’s president called me into his office and closed the door. There was some yelling, maybe screaming. At one point, I’m pretty sure he straight up asked me “What do you even do here?” Fifteen minutes later, I escaped barely clinging to my job.

In the aftermath, I took a Post-It note and stuck to my desk with a simple phrase written on it. Something that would give me a kick in the pants when I need it. Something that would keep me from having that conversation ever again. Read More

What Makes An Extraordinary Business?

An Extraordinary Business, Defined by Numbers

“Extraordinary” is a word that gets thrown around a lot to describe something that may be special, or otherwise interesting. But like many superlatives, its meaning has been watered down through overuse. There’s something special about being extraordinary, though. Something not inherent to many other similar adjectives.

What makes something extraordinary? Or ordinary for that matter? And why should you want to have an extraordinary business? Let’s learn. Read More

30 Thoughts for 30 Years: One Marketer Reflects

Happy Birthday to Me

Today, I turn thirty. The big 3-0. It sounds so weird to say. I’ve been identifying as a twenty something for nearly 15 years now. What’s next?

A lot, hopefully. In retrospect, I’ve had a chance to experience some wonderful things in the past 30 years. Also some less wonderful things. At various times I’ve been called son, grandson, great grandson, student, honors student, scholarship recipient, graduate, depressed, patient, terrified, refugee, carpetbagger, musician, freak, athlete, friend, lover, boyfriend, exboyfriend, fiancé, groom, husband, homeowner, champion, marketer, writer, curator, account executive, vice president, award winner, unemployed, founder, confused, overjoyed, excited, exhausted, overworked, underpaid, unfeeling, autistic, gracious, downtrodden, reverent, TJ, Thomas, Tommy Jay and now Tom.

I guess it’s true that we are all actors on a stage, in our time playing many parts.

In the style of legendary hockey writer Elliotte Friedman, here are some reflections on 30 years, with a look to the next thirty.

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