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The Type of Marketing Unicorns You Want

by Paul Wilson

The Type of Marketing Unicorns You Want

Unicorn art by SilverGryphon8 (labeled for reuse and modifications in Google Image Search)

I am in the middle of building a marketing team for my company and it’s hard to not have the mindset to go after the mythical unicorn (the best of the best) to fill the different positions. I created this meme as a reminder of the type of unicorns I should be looking for.

 
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How to Effectively Crowdsource Your Design

by Paul Wilson

From 2005 to 2008 I successfully ran a “one man shop” web development company with only knowing the basics in web design and development. However, what I didn’t know in design and programming I made up by thoroughly knowing outsourcing, crowdsourcing, and project management. If you look at my gallery page you will see just a few of the projects I did during that time.

I am often asked to teach these business methods to others, and over the years I have developed a series of lessons to help facilitate these requests. I have been meaning to publish these lessons as an ebook, but with all that is currently going on in my life I don’t see it happening any time soon. So, instead of waiting for that someday to come I have decided to publish the lesson that is most requested—crowdsourcing.

Basically, crowdsourcing is utilizing the masses to do a task. For example, threadless.com uses a community of designers for each of their t-shirts. The designer who has a design selected from the crowd receives royalties from Threadless when the t-shirt is made and sold. Another good example of a company who truly understands crowdsourcing is Quirky.com. Quirky created a business model that has the crowd come up with new inventions. The invention that is selected will be made and marketed, and like Threadless, the inventor gets a royalty.

 
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My Imperfect Plan

by Paul Wilson

My Imperfect Plan

General George Patton once stated, “…an imperfect plan implemented immediately and violently will always succeed better than a perfect plan.” That is how I feel with the design and layout of the new MyMarketer.

I actually took my site down for 12 days to work and implement on the design. After almost two weeks of work I still had a lot of bugs (just try out the navigation drop down menu) and I was not completely satisfied with the design.

 
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The Problem of Sustainability

by Paul Wilson

The Problem of Sustainability
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No matter how great and destructive your problems may seem now, remberer, you're probably only seeing the tip of them.

So, this last week I have been in Las Vegas taking a Java Boot Camp course.  Frankly, it has been a rough go for me. Having been on the marketing side for so long my mind just doesn’t want to simulate into the “everything must have a defining class” universe.

This being the case, my mind is always looking for creative outlets—even in my java reading. Yes, it is possible to do this. In fact, I found a spectacular quote that relates well to personal web marketing:

 
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