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THE TEN POLICIES
1. Submissions + Guest Blog Post Policy: I don’t accept guest posts or solicitations for writing for the Influential Marketing Blog. I would love to reduce my current volume of these requests from 8 per week to zero. You have the power to make that happen. Please use that power.
2. Errors + Omissions Policy: Everyone makes mistakes! If you find one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will do my best to get it fixed as soon as possible.
3. Email-Responding Policy: I try to respond to emails as quickly as I can and I DO read all my emails personally.
4. Linking Policy: I will always link to the original source for any content or thinking that is mentioned on this site.
5. Commenting Policy: After ten years of blogging with comments, I recently disabled them. Read more about why on this page >
6. Cauliflower Policy: Never under any circumstances. Read my “Cauliflower Confession” on this page >
7. Image Policy: Images used are always sourced or purchased as stock images prior to use on this site.
8. “Broccoflower” Policy: I think we can all agree there are far better culinary science research projects to sink time and effort into … like performing autopsies on chicken nuggets, for example.
10. List Policy: Lists of policies and terms should always be lovely round numbers, even if you don’t really have anything useful to say for the last item or two. Just use filler text if you run into this situation. Most of the time people won’t notice. I mean seriously, who reads all the policies for a website anyway?
This site features plenty of business commentary and most of it shares a point of view. Useful insights are often one sided, though I know sometimes readers might disagree with the opinions on this site. I stand behind them 100%, but also try to remain open minded enough to have a conversation about anything, correct any errors, and “agree to disagree” if we must. You won’t find any lengthy apologies or legalistic back tracking statements on this site. Some people believe in appeasing everyone. I would much rather be truthful, direct, and yes … even opinionated about what makes great communications and what doesn’t. It’s more useful (and fun) for all of us that way.
I have several trade organizations, startups and nonprofits that I am affiliated with. In the interests of transparency, below is a current list of my professional affiliations:
- Georgetown University (Education) – Adjunct Professor of Marketing
- Lenovo (Brand) - Insider (Consumer Ambassador)
- Center For Plain Language (Non-Profit) – Former Board of Advisors
- Scottevest (Brand) – Board of Advisors
- Infusd (Startup) – Board of Advisors
- Glimpulse (Startup) – Board of Advisors
While I don’t accept paid advertising on this site, I do offer endorsements for products, services or content that I believe in. At times, I will accept products or books to review and feature. If and when I do accept products to review, I will always disclose the situation with which I am reviewing the products and note exactly what I have received for free and what I paid for out of my own pocket.
I am a frequent traveler, luggage enthusiast, avid photographer, lover of gadgets/technology and father of two young boys. As an author, I also frequently do blurbs, endorsements and reviews for upcoming books.
HOW TO PITCH ME
I am an early adopter websites, products, apps and services. The best way to understand what I may write about is to spend some time looking at my previous blog posts. In addition, I am including a (hopefully) useful list of things I love to get pitched about and things I hate.
What I Will Usually Respond To …
- Invitations to private beta stages of sites or apps
- First reviews or blurb requests for business or marketing books
- Requests to cover innovative marketing campaigns or strategies
- Requests to provide endorsements or quotes that will be used for marketing purposes
What I Will Never Respond To …
- Requests to do a guest post – I don’t accept them or provide them
- Announcements of the fabulous new person you just hired
- Topics without a marketing or communications angle
- Anything promoting evil products or ingredients
- Announcements of new campaign launches that have no innovation