May 2007 Blog Posts (32)

Mr Pretty

You may have watched Gill Tree’s Focus on Business interview. Her company Essentials for Health, is 15 years old today and she very kindly invited me along to the proceedings. It was with pleasure that I accepted, not only because Gill herself is a delightful and generous per


Added by Neil Fairbrother on May 30, 2007 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Just can’t get going today…

Just can’t get into the rythm of today… don’t know why.

Maybe not enough sleep. I’ve got to colour balance the bike show and finish putting together the third section. Maybe too much sleep. Then there’s the first in a series of gadget shows for Maybe it’s because of the Bank Holiday. The final shoot for our kids show will be late June now, following last week’s review. Maybe it’s because Roger and Tim are on happy hols and I’m left on my tod. The party at Mary’s on Saturday… Continue

Added by Neil Fairbrother on May 30, 2007 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Play it again, George

If you stand outside Claridges’ main entrance, to your right and extended as an extra part to the main building is the bar. This bar is a “grade one” listed building and some years ago it was the subject of a painstaking restoration, due in no small part to years and years of those expensive cigars going up in smoke.

We received a call from the services manager, asking us to meet in the bar to discuss and quote for a background music system. The David Collins designed bar is not large b… Continue

Added by Neil Fairbrother on May 30, 2007 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

Best Business Books to read U.S. News and World Report has a huge special report on the Best Business Books. Their opening says: Hundreds of business books are published each year. Chances are at least one has the answers you’re looking for. But how to find it? U.S. News spoke with 14 leaders from all walks of business life ”from academics to entrepreneu… Continue

Added by Buddy ‘Friendly’ Wachenheimer on May 30, 2007 at 8:00am — No Comments


and I want to add that Jack Goldenberg is an absolute GENIUS in everything he does. You need to ask yourself WHY Jack Goldenberg isn’t working for your company…

This is my new homepage:

I LOVE it…seems fitting!

Added by TJ on May 26, 2007 at 1:13pm — No Comments


Believe while others are doubting.
Plan while others are playing.
Study while others are sleeping.
Decide while others are delaying.
Prepare while others are daydreaming.
Begin while others are procrastinating.
Work while others are wishing.
Save while others are wasting.
Listen while others are talking.
Smile while others are frowning.
Commend while others are criticizing.
Persist while others are quitting.


Added by Jesse Doughty on May 25, 2007 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Heather Gorringe: The Original Wiggly Wiggler

Wiggly Wigglers is a distinctive and memorable name for any company. Heather Gorringe is a memorable, inspirational and award wining business woman, having won the Federation of Small Business Champions Award for the Central Region in 2005. And deservedly so – like so many entrepreneurs Heather has created a significant global business against the odds, even turning her beautifully rural location to a competitive advantage: being based in the wilds of the Welsh borders meant Heather was an early… Continue

Added by Neil Fairbrother on May 25, 2007 at 1:44am — No Comments

Paul Ohea: From £100 million to Startup in 6 weeks

“Family Business” conjures up an image of a small, local business, maybe turning over a few hundred thousand a year. Paul O’Hea’s family business was somewhat larger, with annual turnover of £100,000,000 and employing about 1,000 people worldwide. Paul was the 3rd CEO, the company having been founded by his grandfather in 1931. He led the classic life that the CEO of a large international company leads – lots of international travel, PA’s, exec teams, hotels, high salaries… and he bailed out t… Continue

Added by Neil Fairbrother on May 25, 2007 at 1:41am — No Comments

Through the Garden Gate: Spring is Sprung..

Spring is sprung.. ..the grass is riz… and it’s time for Adrian to uncover his massive banana from its winter coat of bubble wrap, bearing in mind that Jack Frost is still about with a nasty nip. The Torbay Palms need tidying up and new apple trees (Sunset, Greensleeves and Ellisons Orange) need to be selected, bought, prepared and planted in the Bramley Seedling orchard. Adrian discusses the merits of Whip & Tongue grafting vs the Chip & Shield technique, the inevitable Chafer Grubs m… Continue

Added by Neil Fairbrother on May 25, 2007 at 1:37am — No Comments

Video Podcast: Thomas and Penny Power: From Castles to Caravans

There comes a moment when setting up a business, when no more capital is available to you, the credit cards are maxed out, the overdraft is stretched to the limit and the mortgage has drained all the equity out of your property. This is the the moment when you might have to sell up and live in a caravan; leaving your castle behind to chase your dream.

Thomas and Penny Power reached that moment with their social networking site Ecademy but they hung on, they persevered and now the site… Continue

Added by Neil Fairbrother on May 25, 2007 at 1:31am — No Comments

Helio Ocean – Don’t call it a phone

Sure, Helio’s tagline for their Ocean product is the brainchild of some agency folk (not unlike ourselves), but it seems to resonate. It doesn’t feel stuck on to me or too grandiose. It feels just right. Like a statement to pull people forward into the next phase – or possibly, for some, into the one we’re in the middle of. It’s a statement that, if it sticks, could transition peoples’ perspective on technology and the hardware that facilitates it. Now, what I admittedly don’t know is if the pro… Continue

Added by Heather Dougherty on May 24, 2007 at 1:12am — No Comments

Branding research – the problem of the current

For the past 40 years I have been involved primarily in brand research, much of it in the service of identity companies but also including agencies, marketing consultants and marketing companies.

From my selfish viewpoint, branding experts can be divided into two major groups, those who believe research can be helpful and those who do not.

Those who do not are likely to say something like, “Consumers (read any audience) are not capable of reacti


Added by Page Schorer on May 23, 2007 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Please Read –

Fellow Ad Ranters & Gabbers –

I am looking to spread the word of the newest tool in non-traditional advertising…thus my reason for joining this online community. The product – The High Definition Napkin.

You may have seen coasters & napkins with boring company logos. You may have also seen coffee sleeves (since we are all addicted) displaying brands.

What you have not seen is precisely the HD Napkin. Full color digital process, 3 ply tissue, full ble… Continue

Added by Dan Elbaz on May 21, 2007 at 10:21am — 8 Comments

Iulian Gabriel Website Promotion and Search Engine Optimization Blog

FocuSoft is a leading online website promotionservice, registering your website with the major search engines in more than 39 countries, including Yahoo!, Google, MSN, AOL, AltaVista, AllTheWeb, Excite, Lycos, InfoSpace, NBCi, C|Net, Web Crawler and many


Added by Iulian Gabriel on May 20, 2007 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Iulian Gabriel Everything About Home Based & Online Businesses

On ePremium Business Blog you will find the information, tools and resources needed to create your own successful website and… make money! Your Own

Added by Iulian Gabriel on May 20, 2007 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Promotional Opportunities via the ProHipHop Network

Just wanted to let folks know the best way to take advantage of hip hop related promotional opportunities at ProHipHop sites including free press release posting at Hip Hop Press and selected video posting at VidRap.

ProHipHop is a hip hop marketing and business news blog I’ve been writing since 2004.

Most of the news covered… Continue

Added by Clyde Smith on May 20, 2007 at 9:52am — No Comments

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Added by Jimin Halim on May 20, 2007 at 7:20am — No Comments

Deep-Focus News Bits and other musings…

Hey People:

Question of the Day:

Are Virtual Worlds here to stay? Second Life is the 500 lb gorilla, and Club Penguin, Gaia, and now Entropia have been making noise and attracting marketers. What do you think? Have any marketers hit the “bullseye” in terms of translating the online virtual experience to offline bottom dollar?

In other news, I just wanted to take the opportunity to share a few things Deef-Focus related:

  • Deep-Focus and client Pictureho

Added by Christian Borges on May 18, 2007 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Second Day In

Well, Adgabber seems like a friendly place. I’m kind of mercenary by nature so interesting to see what this all leads to. Feel a lack of B2B and publishers in the space but everyones a population of one so who cares. Got a good feel for all of this so will be a regular visitor and will try and update on my travels. Off to Cairo next in a couple of days. Mad city. Busy, dirty, beautiful, steeped in history and culture, friendly folk and great leather jackets. Lets just hope business is good. M Continue

Added by Matt Findel-Hawkins on May 17, 2007 at 6:42am — No Comments

R&B; is alive…

One of the great loves of my life is music– most kinds draw me in at one point or another. This list is specifically rhythm and blues of today- many say its dead but– i say its alive and well. Continue

Added by Joanna on May 16, 2007 at 10:15am — No Comments

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