Repercussions for the things we won’t do

If you register a new website address these days, you’ll receive plenty of unsolicited email & cold calls from people dying to create your website. While I appreciate the hustle, these messages & calls are the same for everyone (register two domains if you need proof). Is lazy hustle possible? If so, this is it. […]

How to take the chill out of a cold email

With double digit below zero weather arriving in Montana this week, the last thing any of us need is a cold email. What I call a cold email isn’t quite the same as a bulk email. While bulk email is indiscriminately sent to many thousands of people, a cold email might be sent to 10, […]

Communicate when nature threatens

Last week I said “Allowing perceptions to percolate in our guests’ minds without updates is dangerous not only for this year’s success, but for future years as well.” Part of your job is to set guests’ minds at ease by giving them the advice they need to make considered decisions during situations they’re unaccustomed to. […]

Forest fire communication can burn you

Now that the Reynolds Creek fire is 65% contained, there are two myths to squash: “The fire is almost out.” Not true. Ask anyone close to the fire teams and they’ll likely tell you that only a season-ending snow will likely knock it out┬ácompletely. Even so, if you let this cancel your 2015 Glacier National […]

Effective press releases for small business

Days after a EF4 tornado tore up Central Arkansas and killed 15 people, this press release arrived in the local TV weather team’s inbox: Saying “enough with the tornado clean-up” to a media person in the area of a killer tornado in question is at best, someone being an inattentive and/or insensitive jerk. The media […]

Prevent lost customers with these five words

Small businesses are always interested in getting more new customers, but sometimes forget that keeping existing customers is less expensive than the cost of replacing them. While products, services and customer support are critical to the health of your business, it’s critical to maintain a strong connection with your customers through properly timed communications. Tending […]

How to segment your customer list

photo credit: artist in doing nothing Have you heard that you should “segment” your customers before marketing to them? Ever wondered what that means, much less how you’d do that? We’re going to talk about that today in simple terms, but before we do that, you might be wondering … Why should I segment my […]

Start a streak

photo credit: kevin dooley What have you done every day, every week or every month for years? For example, I’ve written a weekly column for the Flathead Beacon since 2006. I don’t get a week off from the column if it’s Christmas or the Fourth of July. It just gets done. Some find that a […]

Six simple questions about your website

photo credit: milos milosevic I received these questions in an email from Tony Robbins last year. The premise was to ask if you could answer these questions without doing a bunch of research, much less if you could answer them at all. How many visitors come to your website per month? How many of those […]

How to Win The Three Inch Tourism War of Words

When I’m on the road, I always take a look at tourism brochure racks. Take a look at this rack in the Havre Montana Amtrak station. It’s a typical floor-standing tourism brochure rack that you might see around your town or at the local chamber of commerce office. I took the photo at this height […]