Young Entrepreneurs of the World – Unite!

Today’s New York Times features an article about young (granted, much younger than me) entrepreneurs.

There’s a special place in my heart for these innovators as I started my own business at the tender age of 13.

My parents were graphic designers who worked out of our home. Some of their clients were firms that had many different offices throughout the country.

With my brother, we started a business that focused on taking the expensive pre-printed color brochures and “overprinting” the local address with a bubblejet printer. We’d fold (always hated that part – there’s a funny story about a fight with the folding machine, but that’s another story) package, and ship the customized prints to the order that came in, saving the clients money on customized costs at the big printers.

Today, I’m so glad that I learned the skills of being an entrepreneur so young.

Hats off to you young entrepreneurs!

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Andrea Morris is a marketing coach who specializes in helping visionaries, entrepreneurs, consultants and small businesses use high-ROI strategies to get the right message to the right people. For more information, please visit writeideasmarketing.com

Superbowl & Oscars Consumer Created Ads – 15 minutes of fame? Try 15 seconds.

Ok. We all know that Superbowl, which airs on CBS is the most expensive time to advertise on TV – with this year’s cost exceeding $2.6 million according to a recent article from CNNmoney.com. The second runner up – The Oscars, which airs on ABC is a comparitive deal at a mere $1.7 million according to the New York Times.

Maybe that’s why so many companies who are planning on advertising during these unofficial American holidays are saving money by encouraging their consumers to produce the ads for them.

One such company is Dove and their new product Dove Cream Oil. Check out the top ten runners up at their website www.dovecreamoil.com. The winner of the contest will have their commercial aired February 25th during the Oscars.

Not to be outdone – CBS, inspired by Andy Warhol and the notion that “everyone will have their 15 minutes (make that seconds) of fame,” has designed a contest where videos are uploaded to youtube.com and you can “tell the world whatever you want to.” The rules are simple and can be viewed here:

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Andrea Morris is a marketing coach who specializes in helping visionaries, entrepreneurs, consultants and small businesses use high-ROI strategies to get the right message to the right people. For more information, please visit writeideasmarketing.com

Even the Oscars have their target market

Ellen DegeneresAn article in today’s New York Times quoted president of the academy, Sidney Ganis as saying, “We’ve come to learn that nothing totally promotes itself.”

Good advice Mr. Ganis and who better to promote the Oscars than this year’s presenter and America’s favorite quirky comedienne, Ellen Degeneres?

Prepare to see in the upcoming months a series of commercials to promote the Oscars, directed by Spike Lee, staring Degeneres and featuring some of film’s most memorable catchphrases.

I’m looking forward to seeing the promising campaign. Entertain me! 🙂

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Andrea Morris is a marketing coach who specializes in helping visionaries, entrepreneurs, consultants and small businesses use high-ROI strategies to get the right message to the right people. For more information, please visit writeideasmarketing.com