Laura Pasternak + Michael E. Zimmerman
June 17, 2013
Early this morning, we emailed our first quarterly marketing update to a patch-worked list of friends and clients. As with any first edition, the road to “ready” had been long and bumpy. But having worked through several rounds of changes with our freelance designer, we felt confident in the product, and it felt good to finally say, “Send it!” What we didn't anticipate was...
June 3, 2013
Laura Pasternak, Principal of MarketPoint LLC, has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Lyric Foundation of Baltimore. The Lyric Board is responsible for...
May 20, 2013
Five Hundred. It seems to be the magic number on LinkedIn. At 500 connections, the site stops counting. “500” means “you’ve arrived” – you are part of the elite, those who constitute the upper crust of business’ primary social media site. We often see clients struggling for that magic number, as if it were important. But is it?
April 11, 2013
According to Blogging.org, more than 42 Million blogs are published in the United States. Given the current U.S. population (315 Million), that means if you can count to eight, you can find a blogger. Cumulatively, these blogs generate more than half-a-million posts, every day, and attract more than 25 Billion page views per month. You could say that blogging is the ultimate form of self-publishing...
March 12, 2013
We all misspeak. And sometimes, it’s comical. From Yogi Berra to George W. Bush, no one is immune to gaffes. But when the words we choose take on more meaning than we intended, it can be ironic, and maybe good for a few laughs...
March 9, 2013
Zimmerman and Pasternak to present "Challenger Brands: Competing Against the Four-Year Schools" at the 39th annual conference of the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations, in Chicago, on March 11.
February 23, 2013
As marketers, we have the responsibility (or at least we should have the responsibility) to set price and establish pricing promotions. But ultimately, we know that price is set by the market, based on a product's perceived value. (If you're still pricing based on the "cost plus" model, call us and we'll help you with your margins.) So what should we use for our pricing litmus?
February 12, 2013
According to the BBC, the tiny nation of Gambia has shortened the work week to four days, making Friday a day of rest. Of course, workers still log 40 hours per week, they just do it in four days. And where are we, by comparison?