Tag: business ideas

Weird, Quirky and… Successful?

December 12th, 2012   •   no comments   

OK, maybe Lady Gaga’s meat dress is a little too weird (courtesy of Crushable

Eccentricity isn’t a liability. Run-of-the-mill is.

Think for a moment about the most successful rock stars in history.
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Customised Curated Memories

July 5th, 2012   •   no comments   

Ethan’s birth was one of my life’s biggest moments

In a consumer world awash with an endless stream of innovative products and services, there appear to be one thing that’s missing. And that is to tap onto a customer’s deep and intimate memories.

Now wait a minute. Isn’t that the same as what peddlers of nostalgia goods are already doing?

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Marketing Greatest Hits: Book Review

January 30th, 2012   •   no comments   

With the subtitle “A Masterclass in Modern Marketing Ideas”, British marketing consultant Kevin Duncan’s Marketing Greatest Hits provides quick summaries of what he considers seminal or interesting titles and their key ideas in marketing. Touted as a “definitive compendium of everything you need to know from the best minds in modern marketing”, the book attempts to encapsulate key lessons from the discipline’s thought leaders.

Neatly organised into six chapters, Duncan’s book systematically dives into the essence of 40 books covering major themes, principles and philosophies, branding, consumer behaviours, creativity and personal organisation. Each section provides a book summary that is further crystallised into an elevator pitch of sorts called a one-sentence summary – the core idea behind a book. Examples of these include the following:

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Poke The Box (Seth Godin): A Book Review

January 26th, 2012   •   no comments   

“When was the last time you did something for the first time?”

With a secondary title like that, you can bet that Poke the BoxSeth Godin’s first title under The Domino Project – is going to be all provocative and punchy. And boy, the renowned marketing cum motivational blogger sure doesn’t disappoint in that department.
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The Ultimate Start Up Entrepreneur

August 17th, 2011   •   1 comment   

Martell Ultimate Start Up Space

After months of hard canvassing and pitching in a two stage competition, the winner of the Martell V.S.O.P. The Ultimate Start-up Space competition was announced last night. Mr Jeremy Nguee of the business idea “Preparazzi”, was selected by a panel of judges out of 10 finalists.

Martell Ultimate Start Up Space
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Why Ideas are Overrated

February 20th, 2011   •   no comments   

Courtesy of American Hell

This is going to sound hypocritical for a business blogger like me, but I am going to say it anyway.

It’s better to get something REAL done than to spend too much time reading my blog. Or, for that matter, the hundreds of other business, PR and marketing blogs offering an endless buffet of secrets, strategies, tips, theories and models.
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Don’t Lose the Long Form!

June 8th, 2010   •   2 comments   

The greatest literary works Like “War and Peace” are not puny (source)

As more and more people consume information in byte-sized pieces, and veer towards Twitter, Facebook and other social networking platforms, it appears that we are losing the benefits of length.

Wait, hang on a minute. Am I telling you to be verbose and long-winded while beating about the bush? Isn’t instant, real-time and succinct responses the beauty of the age of digitisation?

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Free Ideas to Boost Productivity?

February 24th, 2010   •   4 comments   

Courtesy of Learning By Doing

To heed the country’s latest call to increase productivity, help entrepreneurs and managers everywhere, and satisfy my own need for intellectual stimulation, I wonder if its useful to start an online forum to discuss ideas to increase productivity.

This could be a way for all of us to contribute our share of ideas, innovations, and suggestions towards the national cause. Such a forum could also be used to clarify misconceptions on productivity (for example that we should all work 18 hours a day), or to build upon each other’s plans in a (hopefully) constructive manner.
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Turning Crises into Opportunities

September 25th, 2008   •   3 comments   

Courtesy of youngadultcrisishotline

Many would know that these are challenging times. The financial markets have collapsed, retirees are losing their life savings in complex derivative financial products, inflation has reared its ugly head, and the China melamine milk scare has seized many with fear. According to many economists, the prognosis is bleak for the next two years or so. Friends in the financial sector have also told me that the prospect of losing their jobs are very real.

Against such a gloom and doom scenario, what can one do? Is there any light at the end of the tunnel? My answer is yes. Depending on your experience and training, there are opportunities out there if you know how to seize them.
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20/20 Vision – 10 Wacky Ideas for Opticians

February 10th, 2007   •   22 comments   

Two out of three in my family wears specs!

I’ve never revealed it before, but I am a closet consultant. I love to provide business and marketing advice to people. After so many years working with entrepreneurs, media, lifestyle and tourism businesses, I do have some thoughts welling in my head. Whether they take it or not is another thing altogether of course.

Let’s start with the optical business. It is a booming business, with 80% of adult Singaporeans being shortsighted and us having one of the highest myopia rates in the world. What can opticians (like eastcoastlife‘s hubby Chris) do to make themselves stand out clearly from the competition?

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