Sunday Morning Coffee is a chance to catch up on a wide variety of stories and thoughts from the past week and a peek at what's coming up. Think of it as a visit between friends at the local coffee shop. Sunday Morning Coffee...have a sip? And, I'm interested in your comments so feel free to dive in.
Mother's Day 2010 - I am so grateful for the opportunity to mark this event. Mom will be 90 next month and I treasure every day. It's not like I always have...moms can be a real pain (when they are correcting you...but what valuable lessons...if we pay attention. Happy Mother's Day Mom! If you read my profile you know that Mom has no idea what I do for a living. Last week a perspective client "thought" I SOLD advertising. Not to worry Mom, you are not alone.
I get asked by business people all the time, "Blogs and Social Media? Who in the world does that?" Here is just a sampling of some folks who blog and what they write about. All of this taken on Friday during an eventful gathering of Central Iowa Bloggers or CIB, at Panera Bread on University (Panera U) in West Des Moines.
Can you say "diverse"?
I'm really struggling with this. My friend and "blog coach" Mike Sansone was arrested during the CIB gathering. I know only what I read, what was said by several folks at the event (who were equally stunned) and what Mike said to me later. I don't know...honestly...I just don't. But I have said to others, "What issues and problems I had or have been facing melted away Friday morning at 8:00AM and in the face of this seem like...nothing." Heavy heart...
How about a little marketing and farming news?
Unilever just announced that you can now buy Hellman's Light Mayo made with "cage free eggs". Here is the story from Supermarket News. You think nobody is paying attention to the animal rights movement? The question for you and your business: "What consumer trends are you following and what is your plan for responding to emerging issues?" Maybe the better question is, "Do you know about consumer trends and are YOU paying attention?"
If you know anything about Urban Farming you know it's spreading like crazy. The driver, we think, is that people want some control over what they eat. You think not? How about 20,000+ people going to a Des Moines Farmer's Market each week. So, if people want some control over what they eat they might just want to start producing their own food. Even in town. But...hold on kids...that means city government must CONTROL what you do. Proof? Here is the story about what's going on in Kansas City from the Kansas City Star. Sort of funny when you think back to the beginnings of what made Kansas City...Kansas City. Hint: Animal Agriculture...
Mike Rowe - You know the guy from Dirty Jobs and spokesperson for Ford Motor Company - He was recently in Indianapolis for the FFA Convention and wrote about the Future of Farming...and farmers. Here is his post. If you think you know farming or admit you know nothing, it makes for a great read!
I'm wondering why I removed the small space heater from under my desk....it's a little chilly in Des Moines this morning. How chilly? Thirty-four degrees....bring back spring.
I'm writing about "Scandal & Dirt" and why we love it so. Look for that coming your way this week.
If you want to keep up with WebcastOne...LIVE here is a great resource. It's our FACEBOOKpage loaded with construction photos and more. Tip of the Hat to Hannah Inman and KDC Built for their work on the project! The place is looking...sharp!
In front of me is a direct mail piece from Ulta Beauty telling me I can buy the Ultra CHI Red Ceramic Hair Dryer, on sale, for $99.96. Regular price $179.95!!!! I'm not making this up and up until this moment had no idea hair dryers cost more than $30.. Out of the loop?
Staying on Ulta Beauty for just a second. Have you been in their retail stores? If not you owe yourself that treat. Just being in one makes you want to buy SOMETHING! Great mood, displays, lighting and people. Very, no, ultra cool.
If ONLY all WAR could be waged in this matter: The Hummus War in the Middle-East.
I have no comment other than to suggest that not EVERYBODY in Iowa worships in the same manner. Here is the story from The Des Moines Register.
A month from today our client, DLG of Germany, will be in town for the World Pork Exposuggesting that farmers and agri-business from the United States, attend EuroTier the world's largestanimal agriculture expo. We're proud to represent EuroTier and thought you might like to see how different "farm shows" are in Europe than here in The States... Here is the EuroTier website...have a peek.
Gotta heat the coffee and get this edition of Sunday Morning Coffee out the door. Have a great Sunday and remember, it's a conversation. I'm interested in your feedback Stay in touch with Twitter: @MichaelLibbie (personal and business) or @InsightADV (business baby only business). Become a FAN of our Facebook site to get stuff first.
Thanks for coming by and for the read and thanks to the Des Moines Register for featuring our work.