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“Thank You, Karl Rove” by Phillip Stutts

“Thank You, Karl Rove” by Phillip Stutts

November 2004. President George W. Bush had just won a second term as president. In fact, the race was decided by the state of Ohio. The margin of victory was razor thin, too. If 60,000 votes had flipped in the other direction, Democratic candidate, John Kerry, would have won the presidency. I saw this first-hand having served as the national…

“Phillip Stutts Understands Disruptions” by Steve Bornhoft, 850 Business

“Phillip Stutts Understands Disruptions” by Steve Bornhoft, 850 Business

Six years ago, Phillip Stutts was diagnosed with achalasia, a rare and degenerative autoimmune disease that disables the esophagus, eventually making eating impossible. For years, he took doctors at their word when they said the disease was incurable, that it could be slowed, perhaps, but not stopped. He took prescription medicines as recommended despite knowing that they have been linked to…

“$1.50 Hot Dogs Infuriate These Accountants” by Phillip Stutts

“$1.50 Hot Dogs Infuriate These Accountants” by Phillip Stutts

10–15 years ago, when you attended a concert or sporting event, two things happened every time you walked up to the concession stand….bad food and high prices. But then, innovation and disruption started to enter into the marketplace. A few years ago, stadiums started to address the “bad arena food” situation by letting upscale restaurants and high-profile chefs bring their…

“Did NIKE Just Blow It?” by Phillip Stutts

“Did NIKE Just Blow It?” by Phillip Stutts

Let me start this one by asking a question about your marketing: Are you connecting with your customers/clients by making them smile and endearing them to your brand? That question hit me hard when I recently saw Skechers launch a brilliant ad campaign against NIKE. This one is hilarious—check this out… On Wednesday, February 20th, the college basketball “game of…

“What Gary Vaynerchuk Told Me” by Phillip Stutts

“What Gary Vaynerchuk Told Me” by Phillip Stutts

A year ago today, my book, Fire Them Now: The 7 Lies Digital Marketers Sell…And the Truth about Political Strategies that Help Businesses Win, was released and instantly became a best seller–hitting #1 in three categories and even hitting #8 for all “Business and Investing” books on Amazon. One of the coolest moments promoting the book was spending time with Gary Vaynerchuk. Our abbreviated…

“The Unicorn of Napa Valley” by Phillip Stutts

“The Unicorn of Napa Valley” by Phillip Stutts

Let me ask you a question: How do you like your chardonnay to taste? Minerally or buttery? If you answered “buttery,” you probably know the wine that John Truchard built from the ashes of the Great Recession. Now, let me ask you a marketing question: How important do you think a great brand is to your business? This leads me back to…

“How to Win at Marketing and Investing” by Phillip Stutts

“How to Win at Marketing and Investing” by Phillip Stutts

Have you heard of the #1 independent wealth management firm in America (according to Barron’s), Creative Planning, Inc.? Creative Planning is not just a unicorn in the wealth management world, it’s a rocket ship. Going from $100 million in asset management 15 years ago to $36 billion today. That’s not a typo. In fact, they are one of the most…

“Crushed It” by Phillip Stutts

“Crushed It” by Phillip Stutts

Monday night was a tough moment for me. My beloved University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team lost the national championship to the Clemson Tigers in a crushing defeat, 44-16. But, I’m not here to talk football! I’m here to tell you about the INGENIOUS marketing efforts that centered around this very game. And the best part…the companies that pulled…

“Thank You” by Phillip Stutts

“Thank You” by Phillip Stutts

Let me just start off by saying — it’s been one hell of a year. I’d imagine, like me, you’ve had plenty of ups and downs, but I hope you’ve realized that with every down there’s an opportunity for growth. I promise that once you do, you’ll become grateful for it all. I know I have. This year, I have…

“How to Get Even with a Lawyer” by Phillip Stutts

“How to Get Even with a Lawyer” by Phillip Stutts

Who do you hate more, politicians or lawyers? My vote goes to lawyers and it’s not even close. And who are the worst lawyers? It’s gotta be those annoying charlatans on billboards, preying on the poor and vulnerable by marketing their services to sue anyone. Why am I starting this post posing this question? Because a brilliant marketing ploy was…

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