Thursday, October 13, 2011

Still not using PowerPoint effectively?

If you still use PowerPoint for presentations, this article is a reminder of 'what not to do.' The author conducted a survey that points up the usual gaffs, e.g., too-small type, too much content on one slide, reading the slides instead of talking to the audience, but it also refreshes our memories about other issues that we should have corrected by now.

Take a look at

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A CMO's Future - The Confidence Factor

What’s the future of the CMO? What does it rely on? The new 2011 IBM Global CMO Study of 1,700 chief marketing officers from 67 countries and 19 industries shows that CMOs recognize the now-permanent shift in customer engagement, but lack confidence in managing the change.

The study also shows that the measurement of marketing efforts will be critical, but CMOs are unsure about the most effective tools to do the job. And the increasing influence and use of social media and the CMOs’ ability to harness ‘unstructured data’ are also keys to the future success and strength of a CMO's position within their company. But the study also indicates there will have to be profound changes to traditional product and brand marketing to get there - and most CMOs admit that they are not prepared at this point in time.

Review all of the findings at:

Friday, October 7, 2011

Is your email marketing effective?

Email marketing is on the upswing again, just in time for the holidays. Knowing how to construct an effective email can make all the difference in obtaining the results you seek. Short, punchy content works in email marketing and so does providing original news and educational content that's helpful to the reader.

More information and other tips can be found in

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs

You may remember this iconic Apple ad. Adweek took creative license and added Steve Jobs to the end of it, a laudable change in my opinion. He changed our world.

Here's the link to the video:

Latest Environmental Law Headlines

See SGR Law's weekly headline recap of environmental news plus details on TRAIN and the potential oversight of the EPA. This is a quick, but comprehensive read. See

Food Safety

With food safety concerns top of mind today, proper training and certification for the foodservice industry is paramount. Benson Mills Group offers clients a wide range of food safety services, including training, commercial cleaning, audits and assessments, etc. See