"There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo

How the world’s best marketing minds can help your store

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This talk by XOXX’s Guy Blaskey was filmed at PATS 2014


Stop working and start playing

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[This article by XOXX's Guy blaskey originally appeared in PBW News]

They say that if you find a job that you love then you will never work another day in your life.

This sentiment was backed up for me in Mark Rowlands’ latest book “Running with the Pack”. Mark Rowlands is a philosopher, runner and importantly a dog lover. Running with the Pack beautifully combines these three elements of his life. In the book he talks about the difference between work and play. Essentially play is when we do something for it’s own enjoyment, whereas work is when we do something for a ‘reward’ later on. So if we run because we enjoy it then it is play, but if we run to improve a marathon time it becomes work. If we walk our dogs for the enjoyment of walking and spending time with our dogs then it is play, but if our only motivation to walk our dogs is to stop them either getting overweight or to stop them having too much energy in the home then this becomes work.

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The 5 (or 6) Legs of online

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[This article originally appeared in PBW News]

I recently watched a talk by Martin Sorell, chairman of WPP, the world’s largest advertising/ marketing group. He spoke about the 5 legs of digital media; search, display advertising, video, social and mobile. Personally I would add in email to this.

The reason that I thought this was worth mentioning is that a lot of people with small independent businesses think (or are told) things like ‘why not do something online?’, ‘you should be on facebook’ or something similar. I would agree that most shops and companies should be online and should probably have a facebook group… but there are many things that you can do online and in my view you are better to do one of these well, than do lots of them badly. I thought that it would be worthwhile to do an introduction to each:

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Sell me this pen

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sell me this pen

[This article was originally published in PBW News in March 2014]

If you haven’t seen Martin Scorsese’s latest film, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, yet you should. Mainly because it’s a great film. At first glance you might not think that a film about a corrupt New York stock broker who ends up in jail is going to offer a lot in terms of advice for the pet trade, but the film is about a sales guy and sales (directly or indirectly) is what we all do.

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Packaging Design: Pooch & Mutt treats

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dog treat packaging design

The dog treat market is very crowded with a lot of very similar, and not very healthy, options available.

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Euromonitor report

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OUTLOOK PET FOOD Euromonitor Lee Linthicum pdf
Found at ebookbrowse.com

 

As you can see a lot of our work is in the pet market. This Euromonitor report makes very good reading for anyone in that industry


How to grow sales through online media

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BETA Conference: How to grow sales through online media from Guy Blaskey on Vimeo.

How to Grow Sales through online media

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PPM Article: How senses drive sales

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How sense drive sales

PPM Article “Attacking the Senses” by Guy Blaskey, originally published in Pet Product Marketing.

If you’re selling your house people will tell you that you should bake some bread so that the house smells homely and the people looking around want to buy it.

Supermarkets pump the smell of fresh baked produce into their shops to make you feel hungry so that you buy more bread and donuts, but it doesn’t stop there… a chain of bedding stores reportedly uses the relaxing scents of wood and bergamot, Westin hotels use a scent based on tea to make their reception areas appear peaceful, even the electronics giant Sony has got in on the action having it’s own custom-made scent developed for some of their stores. Read the rest of this entry »


Packaging Design: Blue Chip Liquid Supplements

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Packaging Design: Blue Chip Feed Balancers

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feed balancer packaging design

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