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generic = the kiss of death

By Angie

I was hanging out in a copywriting group the other day (what, doesn’t everyone nerd out over advertising? Just me? Shut up)… and got into an interesting discussion with a newer copywriter. This person was tasked with writing a “generic” ad that could be “reskinned” and used for multiple businesses, with different owners, in multiple…

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breaking it down: how I keep things stupidly simple

By Angie Colee

I have a confession to make: I get easily overwhelmed. If you haven’t met me, hi my name is Angie and this is awkward. If you know me, you’re probably looking at your computer a little like this:  Especially since hi, I specialize in really complex marketing plans involving multiple channels of communication, upwards of…

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rejection is part of the process

By Angie

“Another one for the hook…” I’m paraphrasing the punch line of a great story told by Stephen King in his book, On Writing. Back in the day, he’d work his day job and submit stories and book ideas on the side. And he’d get letter after letter back – no. So he hung a hook…

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perception is everything

By Angie Colee

“I just don’t think it’s smart to put fertilizer on the front cover when we’re in the middle of a drought!” I said, frustrated. I was getting pretty close to losing my temper at that point. There were about 10 of us crammed together in a conference room – all the company’s VPs, the merchandisers…

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can’t find the friggin’ spoons

By Angie Colee

In my house, we have a game. I call it, “Where will I find X today?” X could be a spoon, a dish towel, a spare roll of TP, maybe a light bulb. No matter where it is, it will definitely NOT be in the last place I saw it. And I am actually neither…

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creating good problems

By Angie

What if, instead of freaking out whenever problems pop up (as if we’ll ever solve ALL the problems)… We focused on creating good problems? It’s a different way to look at the same challenge, but it’s a critical distinction. Rather than focus on lack or overwhelm, often a shift to opportunities created can open your…

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making a masterpiece of the leftovers

By Angie Colee

I grew up with a single mom, as one of three kids. And one of the things my mom was REALLY good at was stretching every dollar well beyond its breaking point. That meant a lot of buying in bulk, grabbing the clearance meat and throwing it in the freezer, and a LOT of easy…

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now what?

By Angie

John had THE big idea. He invented the Facebook for golf lovers, and he just KNOWS he’s on track to rake in millions of dollars in the next couple years. All he needs are some investors and some beta users and a little buzz/word of mouth, right? It sells itself. So he starts on the…

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get out of your house (and by house, I mean head)

By Angie Colee

Last week I did something fun…  I launched (more like softball lobbed, but eh… ) my first ever product. Like a lot of people in marketing and sales… I know how to sell a product. Give me a product (that’s not snake oil or absolute garbage), and I am confident I can sell the ever-loving…

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so there I was with my eyes glued shut…

By Angie Colee

So there I was, laying on a table with my face mask on… Eyes glued shut, Ride of the Valkyries playing in the background. It’s been a long time since I felt quite that silly, but damn… I really wanted to jump on a motorcycle and go rescue some people. That song is so EPIC. …

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