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Busy building a business, but are you listening?

Getting into the weeds of a business is part of being an entrepreneur, but it can quickly push you off track from seeing how you need to drive the business forward, and where the opportunities are. Creating one-on-one relationships with customers have always been and will continue to be the #1 way to succeed in […]

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A rising tide raises all boats: The wine tourism industry gets a wake up call from Michael Mondavi

Last month I went to the first Wine Tourism Conference –  a major contrast from what I’m usually doing mid November: learning from the travel industry’s heavy hitters and the hottest startups at the PhoCusWright Conference.  For those of you that know PCW, the WTC couldn’t be more opposite. Thank goodness the wine tourism industry […]

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Don’t forget to remind people to like you

Wine IS Social I often visit winery tasting rooms and I always love to see wineries, or any location for that matter, remind guests or customers to tell their friends. People do need to be reminded to check in sometimes, and they will check in or post information about your business. Nielsen reports that 70% […]

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Is Rioja ready for wine tourism?

After visiting the Rioja wine region in Spain this week, and as a follow up to my previous post about whether or not the wine industry is ready for tourism, there appears to be a number of challenges this region faces, and perhaps some things other regions can learn from. Rioja is an extremely impressive […]

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Who’s doing what? Refresher on private sales & group buying for the travel category

Hot on the tail of a $40 million round of funding last week, Bloomspot have now started a new email called “Bloomspot Travel”. Even I am having a hard time keeping up with who is doing what in the private sales and group buying space in this category. Here is a refresher on some of […]

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Groupon Getaways: What luxury hotels need to know about group buying sites

Groupon knows what it’s doing.  It’s no surprise they partnered with Expedia to create Groupon Getaways.  I do wonder though, how the industry is faring with this.  The hotels featured in these offers are surprisingly good for the consumer, and the hotels involved may fill rooms, but I also wonder if they thought about maintaining […]

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Never Say Never: Why Justin Bieber is the perfect marketing example for startups

A year or so ago noone knew who this guy was. How did a 14 year old from a small town in Canada become a massive global brand in only a few years? I finally gave in a few weeks ago and watched his movie, Never Say Never. I have to say, I was impressed. […]

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Ripening in the wine e-commerce industry: Will the VC graveyard turn around?

In the last few years, technology has changed the way America buys things. Yesterday’s New York Times article about Groupon’s success, Funny or Die: Groupon’s Fate Hinges on Words, once again highlights how tech companies are changing the way America buys. In only a few years, Google, Facebook, Groupon, Gilt Groupe and thousands of clones […]

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Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans: Celebrating those “I can’t believe I’m doing this” career moments

Looking back at what I’ve already done in my career is something I haven’t really thought about until now. Most of us are so focused on what needs to happen today, tomorrow, next week and in the future, it’s not easy to look back and be grateful for all of those opportunities you’ve had already. […]

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As seen on American Express OPEN Forum: 5 Biggest Mistakes Small Businesses Make With Group-Buying Sites

I’m thrilled to be a guest contributor to American Express’s small business site, OPEN Forum. I wrote this article specifically to help small business owners avoid the mistakes I have seen so many times through working with group buying and local deals sites. Apr 21, 2011 -Group-buying or local deal sites like Groupon are meant […]

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