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DOES YOUR LIFE INVOLVE MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESS? ​​WELCOME. Big brands and big marketing experts make mistakes constantly. Millions are spent on lousy advertising ideas that small-business owners assume are great examples for their own marketing. Experts yell, "Branding isn’t for you!" And small-business owners listen. Hot Shots is here. This is the blog and podcast that has a few laughs at the expense of the big guys, all while looking at some of the best ideas from big-brands, and revealing profitable secrets for small-business marketin

DOES YOUR LIFE INVOLVE MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESS? ​​WELCOME. Big brands and big marketing experts make mistakes constantly. Millions are spent on lousy advertising ideas that small-business owners assume are great examples for their own marketing. Experts yell, "Branding isn’t for you!" And small-business owners listen. Hot Shots is here. This is the blog and podcast that has a few laughs at the expense of the big guys, all while looking at some of the best ideas from big-brands, and revealing profitable secrets for small-business marketin
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DOES YOUR LIFE INVOLVE MARKETING FOR SMALL BUSINESS? ​​WELCOME. Big brands and big marketing experts make mistakes constantly. Millions are spent on lousy advertising ideas that small-business owners assume are great examples for their own marketing. Experts yell, "Branding isn’t for you!" And small-business owners listen. Hot Shots is here. This is the blog and podcast that has a few laughs at the expense of the big guys, all while looking at some of the best ideas from big-brands, and revealing profitable secrets for small-business marketin

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Episodes

You Can Do It That Way--But It Would Be Wrong

3/12/2018
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There is a right way to get people interested and intrigued and motivated. And there's a way to not do it. And having just heard a way to not do it--creating a waste of the advertiser's money--it seemed like a good idea to look at a fundamental way to make a good advertising message happen.

Duration:00:10:18

How To Be A Good Community Brand And Avoid Looking Like A Jerk

3/5/2018
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How does a small business brand represent itself as a good community member in its advertising without coming across as opportunistic or disingenuous? Even in the mighty and (mighty expensive) Super Bowl, there are commercials designed not to sell, but to make the brand look like a winner for the community, and Budweiser has offered a sterling example of how to make it happen using a simple story told well--and the example is scalable to any advertiser in any media.

Duration:00:10:09

Yes, You Can Learn Something Profitable From Silly, Silly...

2/26/2018
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Is there anything quite as ridiculous as the Bud light "Dilly, Dilly" campaign? Methinks not. However, it's also a juggernaut, having entered into the zeitgeist--with its apex so far being the epic, production-intensive Super Bowl commercial. But the silliness belies some incredibly smart thinking from the top--and some useful takeaways for anyone who's in the position of making marketing decisions.

Duration:00:08:10

Climb This For Fun & Profit...

2/19/2018
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Now that the dust has settled, we finally get around to talking about Super Bowl commercials--beginning with what may be the single quietest, most potent and sexy sales message in a typically unsexy style of advertising. It also comes with a takeaway that is utterly relevant to the no-budget, small-business advertiser.

Duration:00:07:51

A Big, Fat Valentine To Couple Entrepreneurs

2/13/2018
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Would you be willing to put it all on the line and work without a net? Because that's what couple entrepreneurs do. They risk their careers and their marriages by going into business together. And at Slow Burn, we've decided to develop a podcast specifically about these people, telling their stories as inspiring tales of success (or caution, depending on who you are) in CoupleCo: Working With Your Spouse For Fun & Profit. Here, we talk about the first three couples profiled in interviews...

Duration:00:07:24

Here Now, A Chewy Little Morsel Of Marketing Goodness

2/5/2018
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In the wake of the Super Bowl, we here at the screed ignore the commercials for at least a week and allow the dust to settle. Instead, this week, we are telling the story of a friend who may or may not have had his work plagiarized by a state department of tourism, and how his story underscores the challenges faced by writer and non-writers alike when it comes to creating good advertising.

Duration:00:07:42

Now, I'm Crying When I Talk About Writing Better Advertising...

1/29/2018
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During the last two weeks, in an effort to identify for a radio creative director how to find more affordable training for his creative staff, new info has been thrown into the mix that may have painted me into a corner--but also may have provided some unexpected benefits in the effort to explain how to create better radio copywriting. And again, this is important info not just for those in radio, but for anyone interested in creating better advertising.

Duration:00:12:41

They All Cried When I Talked About Writing Better Advertising...

1/22/2018
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Last time, the podcast was titled, "They All Laughed When I Tried To Write Better Advertising..." It was the first part of an effort to address a professional creative director's query about how to create better, more effective advertising with his team. In pondering this follow up, we realize, we may have missed something: the beginning. What is it that is required of any good copywriter who wants to create better advertising--and we hate to say this, but it's not found at a seminar.

Duration:00:09:39

They All Laughed When I Tried To Write Better Advertising...

1/14/2018
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In the first installment of answering listeners' big, burning questions about branding and marketing, we address a professional creative director's query about how to create better, more effective advertising with his team. Training has become expensive and hard to find. Well, we give him an answer--and suspect it's not exactly the one he was looking for...

Duration:00:08:08

A Great Advertising Thinker Leaves Us Behind

1/8/2018
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On Christmas Eve, we lost a legend. And in his wake, we leaves a legacy of smart, funny advertising underpinned by an extraordinary degree of thought, intellect and a willingness to share.

Duration:00:08:14

HOT SHOTS REPRISE: More Blowing Holes In Nonsense From The Experts

1/1/2018
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REPRISE FROM JANUARY 2017: A fan from Romania asks how to brand a business--and says that many people say small businesses should not brand at all, but do only direct marketing--which makes us CRAZY. We review what brand really is and give a case study of a solopreneur whose business exploded by branding.

Duration:00:11:58

Happy Boxing Day To The Middle Of Somewhere

12/25/2017
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Ready to learn something interesting about small business in the middle of somewhere? On this Boxing Day, it seemed like a good idea to wish a Happy Boxing Day to any folks who celebrate it. But we have scant few readers and listeners who do celebrate it. However, in figuring out all this info, we learned something really interesting, small-business-wise, about a spot that might be considered the middle of nowhere...

Duration:00:06:07

Finding Resonance Beyond Brand In Unlikely Places...

12/18/2017
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Once again, a brilliant example of big-business brand advertising demonstrates the power of artful storytelling in a way that's useful and informative for the owner of a small-business brand.

Duration:00:09:18

A Scary, Profitable Advertising Lesson For The Small Business Owner?

12/11/2017
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It's that time of the year when Best Of lists are being compiled, and advertising is no exception. And one of the year's "best" advertisements is a striking example for the small business owner. But...of what?

Duration:00:08:13

A Giant Brand, Giant Hilarity, And A Giant Lesson For The Profitable Small Brand?

12/4/2017
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Yes, we're talking about beer branding this week, and a likely publicity stunt by a craft brewer that ostensibly drew the ire of a big mega brewery--and provides a few laughs and a couple of good lessons for the small business owner...

Duration:00:10:49

Building A Brand In A Bottle...

11/27/2017
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As we continued our Napa tour as part of the CoupleCo interviews, The Fabulous Honey Parker and I came across an interesting and dynamic couple who operate a brewery. And they produce extraordinary brews that you may never get to taste. And that's OK. It's your loss, yes. But their scarcity is one of the keys to their success as a brand...

Duration:00:10:36

Love, Poetry & Profit In An Oaken Barrel

11/13/2017
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Visiting the largely unscathed Napa Valley in the wake of the fires (and finding that it really is open for business), we had a chance to sit down with a couple who makes fabulous wine, whose business is a product of love and balance, and who demonstrates how the love for a business and the power of a cult brand can really make big things happen.

Duration:00:09:46

Thing One Is Essential For Profit

11/7/2017
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Napa after the fires has provided none of the apocalyptic strife predicted by so many in the wake of the Bad News about big fires. But what it did offer us was an interesting and cautionary tale of two brands and now you can get everything else right--but if you get Thing One wrong, you're basically circling the drain.

Duration:00:08:45

DOES THE NEWS MEDIA REALLY MEAN TO UNDERMINE A BRAND?

10/30/2017
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The news media may not have as its goal the undermining of an entire region's brand and livelihood--but the 24-hour all-devastation news cycle can do it--and has done it again. We almost became victims of it ourselves until someone told us we needed to get there ASAP and bring our tourist dollars.

Duration:00:10:48

Personal Brand In An Aluminum Tube

10/24/2017
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Yes, it might sound crazy. but it's worth considering: What is your personal brand as a customer. And there may be no better place to examine the benefits of that than in the milieu of contemporary air travel.

Duration:00:09:23