Notes from Jeff York

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Honey…I’m home.

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The moving truck has left. The boxes are unpacked. And here’s our new home. The blog has the new look and the new address. I’m still using WordPress and all of the old posts seem to have made the move without any left behind.

On the off chance that you didn’t read my last post left at the old address, moving to this new place was a function of me taking my own advice. Since Buzzworthy Media no longer exists as a stand alone entity, my focus has shifted to building the “Jeff York” brand. It may be October, but I still haven’t forgotten my New Year’s resolution of building my own personal brand.

So, here you’ll find all the weekly business and marketing thoughts and discussions you’ve gotten used to seeing at the old location.

I’d love to hear feedback on the move and the new look. This is also the perfect opportunity to open the floor up for a discussion on what you’d like to talk about in the forum. I don’t write this blog for me. Well, mostly not for me. I write it to open discussions about marketing and business in general for you, the business owner or professional, looking for the nugget of information to launch a whole new thought process.

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Written by Jeff York

October 12, 2008 at 2:49 am

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

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If you’re in business, it’s highly likely you either have some form of competition or you are reading this while sitting on your private beach located on your own private island.  If you’re like the rest of us, you have to keep an eye on the competition in much the same way as they are keeping an eye on you.

So, what are they doing?

From a marketing standpoint, are they doing anything different from you?  Are they doing it better?

There is true value in being the first to market with a new idea or concept.  However, not being first doesn’t preclude you from making an effort.  You might need to just to keep your current pace.  But this is also an opportunity.  Is there a way that you can capitalize on your competition’s efforts that would make your situation better?

For example, they may be starting a new campaign.  Maybe it’s a smart campaign, but they are missing one big component.  You know you can do it better.  Then do it…BETTER!

Is there another twist you can add to the campaign or concept that makes it appear original?  Sometimes the best ideas are variations on someone else’s original thoughts.

But then again, are there really original thoughts any more?

Written by Jeff York

August 18, 2008 at 3:24 am