Back to the drawing board

time to sharpen the pencils
time to sharpen the pencils

After a wonderful year off, it’s time to go back to the other work. Honestly, the boss was a bit of a baby. 🙂 And the new Associate Boss (his partner in crime) is an even bigger baby. I needed to pick this guy up at the antique fair in Mundelein. My  fancy pants pencils from World Market were meant to sit cozy in matching dusty value.

Cupid’s Kitchen


Candlestick Floor Lamp Polished Nickel with Linen Shade – Restoration Hardware
Rococo Floral Etched Mirror – Restoration Hardware
stainless steel shiny wine coaster – CB2
antique-silver-salt-pepper-shakers – Pottery Barn
Ribbon Heart Plate – Anthropologie
Apron – Anthropologie
Marquee Arrow Light – Urban Outfitters

Just Like You

Small just like you
Small just like you

I’ve started working with local startups in the Chicagoland area and have quickly found that creativity goes a long way. Understanding niche markets or specialized industries and small budgets can separate me from the fancy- pants, name brand marketers.  I get your community. I love your work and I shop where you sell.  It’s nothing new. It is simple and overlooked though.  “Just Like You” campaign focuses on creative marketing and design for small businesses- that I personally like. Over the course of 6 months, I started creating small pieces to display in local hotspots that I frequent like a fabric store, woodworking shop and general art studio. I used to sell life insurance at dinnertime when I was 17.  I don’t like soliciting and cold calling. I know you don’t either. It just makes more sense to do what you do in the environments that you actually like and you’ll actually love what you do.

Your Marketing and Design Reading for The Weekend

Staying relevant with continued effort

Affinity Express Blog

We have a bit of a social media and blogging theme for this weekly reading post. If you are interested in knowing what other company marketers are with their blogs and learning how to improve your effectiveness, I think you’ll find this collection helpful.

Become a Social CMOElectronic Newspapers

This was an insightful article that reminds us we have to practice what we preach. You know your company needs to be active on social media but you figure you can hire some “kid” and turn him or her loose on your behalf. Not so much.

Forrester’s Chris Stutzman points out that only 16% of CMOs believe it is necessary for them to be proficient at social media themselves to be successful leaders. They are in for a rude awakening. In the next 20 years, we will enter what Forrester calls “the age of the customer,” meaning CMOs can’t be content with…

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Hans Solo & Snow White’s Living Room

Disney and Star Wars

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