WHAT Was That?
Getting Noticed by Being Different

Sunday Morning Coffee - Feb. 7, 2010

Welcome to Sunday...sure, later today it's Super Bowl Sunday but right now it's Sunday Coffee Cu ps Morning Coffee a time to sit down with a cup of joe and visit about loads of different things.  We'll get back to business tomorrow...but for now...

Snow...it's a "four-letter word" that is about as welcome as other four-letter words.  We've had "sn-w" in Des Moines since our first snowfall on October 13.  We hear that on Groundhog Day "Phil" saw his shadow and looks like we're in for another SIX MONTHS of winter.  Or so it seems...spring will be soooooooo welcome this year.  Heads up, supposed to SN-W the next three days.

Does this sentence strike anyone?  "The more I work with people in the "faith community" the less faith I have in people."?   Just checking...love to know your thoughts.

This past week we were busy with the Iowa Power Farming Show...here are some thoughts about farm shows, rural lifestyle and city folks.  This week loads of my friends will be making their way to the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville.  Travel safe and remember it's "Lou-ah-vul".  Don't offend the natives.

Hey...NON-PROFITS...  How is the fund raising going?  Really, I'm interested...let us know.

Snow Fence use Our radio station Des Moines Local...LIVE has been going thorough some major re--birth pangs and the frustration is building.  New technology is driving many of the 55 hosts nuts, not to mention the people who are guests, listeners and viewers.  The good news is it's getting better every day.  Brett Rogers...big ups and thank you.  The sn-w fence photo?  No reason.  Just me reminding you...sick huh?  

Dear Frank Cownie (Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa):  I've been trying to re-visit a topic that will insure positive press for you, the city and your passion for the environment.  Oh, and it will save the city money.  No joke...we talked about it briefly last fall.  We're ready to move forward.  Let's talk?

Have you seen the "banned" Super Bowl Ads?  No?  Here you go...

Last week I attended a "Social Media Seminar" sponsored by The Des Moines Business Record and Hanser & Associates.  In a word:  Underwhelming.  I think the people who went came away from the event even more disconnected and unsure.  I've got to do something to change the way this media is presented to business leaders...  The goal must be not only understanding why it is critical to adopt its use but HOW to use it effectively.  The word "fear" often creeps into SM discussions with business leaders.  Gotta change that.  We're working on it...look for something in March.

My friend Timothy L. Johnson had a neat post about local people and business.  Wonder what would happen if we all followed his lead?

The Iowa Newspaper Association held their annual meeting this past week, handed outEd-weintrob2 awards, and wondered out loud where they are heading in the face of an ongoing exodus of readers and subscribers.  (So, that's what Larry Bushman of the Fort Dodge Messenger was doing in town...saw him checking out the radio studio on Thursday.  Thought my "old friend", who saw me but turned around, might have come in for a chat.)   Anyway, I met the most interesting guy: Ed Weintrob (pictured) from Brooklyn, NY (not Iowa) who in 1978 launched The Brooklyn Paper a (now read this carefully) free community newspaper who went digital in the 1990's.  In its "hay-day" Ed was pumping out 55,000 copies a week.  He sold the paper in 2009 and now heads up Coney Media.  He is a wealth of information about the industry and a forward thinking guy who wanted to know as much as he could about Des Moines Local...LIVE.  Think...'hyper-local" once again.  Ed gets it... And we had a great conversation at the studio Saturday night.  Note to the association:  You might consider updating your Newspaper Seminar Schedule  or take it down after the "season".  Old content isn't attractive.

Anybody, other than me, notice that bulbs need to be replaced on the KCCI Weather Beacon?  I know, the weather has been too lousy to get up there.  @$#^&%!!  John, please tell us it's not going to "go away"... 

OK...out the door!  Have a great Sunday and we'll get back to business with Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications tomorrow.  Enjoy the Super Bowl (I can still write those words but can't use them in a commercial...the NFL says they own them...along with "Who-Dat"...follow the money.)  You can keep up with us on Twitter @MichaelLibbie (personal and business), @InsightADV (business baby) or @RuralLifeRadio  (our love for everything rural). 

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