IdeaBar: The Secret Menu Item

There is a restaurant at the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas called Mr. Lucky’s 24/7.  As the name suggests, it’s open all the time every day – but that’s hardly unique in Las Vegas.  Their menu is like most other menus at cafe restaurants in hotels … serving the usual entrees coupled with the

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The Online Travel Marketing Paradox

There is a problem with every online travel resource out there today – and no one seems to realize it.  Over the past decade, online travel resources have been reinventing how people in the US are planning, booking and organizing their trips – all while the role of travel agents has been redefined and in

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IdeaBar: "Beaconvertising" And New Social Media Ph ...

This post is not about the iPhone.  You might have heard that many people believe the latest innovation from Apple will not only revolutionize the mobile phone industry, but maybe even the future of mobile marketing.  Whether it does or doesn’t, in the short term, it’s easy to forget that ideas for innovation may come

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Are you Going Beyond Tabasco?

I like my food spicy.  The problem is, for most restaurants – it just doesn’t pay to make food really spicy.  If it is, a large number of customers will send it back, and once you’ve added the spices, you can’t remove them.  So the safe solution for most restaurants is to offer a way

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The Metropolitan Opera's Big Marketing Experiment

This weekend I headed to the movie theater to see A Night at the Museum, and before the film there was preview for the Metropolitan Opera’s new initiative — Saturday Matinees Live in HD at local theaters around the world.  I have to admit, what first caught my attention in the trailer was the multiple

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A Recap of 2006 on Influential Interactive Marketing

Let’s start with a warning … this is the "clip show" post where I recycle a lot of old material so if that causes you extreme pain, please close this window now and come back tomorrow.  For all the rest of you, it’s the holidays and a quick glance around the marketing blogosphere will show

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Word of Mouth and the Churi Wala: Marketing in India, Part I ...

Shopping in India can be a bewildering experience.  Aside from the completely westernized shopping megamalls that are popping up all over large cities here, there are still thousands of stalls, streetside vendors, underground markets and bazaars selling just about everything imaginable.  Lajpat Nagar in Delhi is one of these types of places, full of stores

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The Plight of the Puppetmaster: Marketing in India, Part I

In Jaipur at the Alsisar Haveli, I met a young puppetmaster and his ten year old brother.  Together they performed puppet shows outside the main restaurant at the Haveli, with the older brother expertly controlling the puppets with every finger of both hands behind a curtained backdrop, and the younger brother playing the dholak in

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Idea Bar: Marketing with Soundbombs

In this month’s issued of Wired Magazine, there was a profile of Soundbombs, an innovative new concept designed to merge audio with physical experiences to bring a new dimension to just about anything from billboards to art.  As unique as the concept is, the distribution strategy is even more so … with Felix Beck, creator

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Hyatt Offers Wake Up Calls from Christie Brinkley

Add to: | blinklist | del.cio.us | digg | yahoo! | furl | rawsugar | shadows | netvouz In an interesting new promotion from Hyatt for Gold and Diamond members, you can go online to www.hyattwakeup.com and schedule a personalized wake up call from a friend or family member, or choose to have a standard

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