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GSD Mode

Posted On October 31, 2016By Freddy J. NagerIn Marketing

Caught On Tape: Strategy vs Marketing + What Really Matters

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Sure Likes To Talk… I had the chance to sit (actually, Skype) with Joshua Smith, a dynamic and popular podcaster, realtor, personal coach, and fitness expert (see his site, GSD Mode). Although I’m not a video person — I prefer to lecture live or write — speaking to someone as informed and energetic as Josh made it easy. The chat was scheduled for 30-45 minutes, but an entire hour and a half flew by. Please check out the fullRead More
Los Angeles Rams marketing
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Critic… Do marketing plans come from factory assembly lines these days? The advice is so generic and commodified, someone on AliExpress must be selling it for 40-cents a piece as long as you buy 100 of them. Take this article about marketing the L.A. Rams NFL franchise. It contains two words that would make most experienced marketers groan in weariness: The S-Word: Social Media The M-Word: Millennials Those two words were a running gag in my Marketing Strategy course. IfRead More
Cat prints photo by Emir O. Filipović

Posted On November 29, 2015By Freddy J. NagerIn Media

Read ‘Em And Reap: The Best Books For Marketers And Entrepreneurs

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Professor; cat-prints photo by Emir O. Filipović… So you’d like to learn more about business but can’t take a class right now. Or maybe the idea of school gives you nightmares about forgetting class until the final exam. (Been there, dreamed that.) No problem. While I teach college courses, I understand the need to fly solo. So I compiled this business reading list to educate, enlighten, even entertain. Academic vs Commercial Most of these books are light enough for beachRead More
Golden Road Brewing
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Craft Beer Lover Before He Was A Drinker… How should we feel when one of our favorite local brands gets snapped up by a giant multinational corporation? Shouldn’t we just feel giddy that some small enterprise owner hit the jackpot? Well, try to remember when your favorite radio station got devoured by the zombies at Clear Channel. Or perhaps your charming regional bank got snorted up by a soulless Wall Street behemoth. Or imagine your favorite local restaurant or coffee shopRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Avid Inc. Reader If you’re an entrepreneur or run a small company, you should read Inc. magazine. One issue contains more insightful, practical advice than some of the semester-long classes I endured in business school. And a subscription to Inc. will put you back a whopping $13 – or less than the price of a movie ticket. (Should you invest in advice from business experts or Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter? You decide…) But no one is infallible. Not even me.Read More

Posted On January 31, 2011By Freddy J. NagerIn Marketing

Use Your Delusion: Customer Centricity as the Trend Du Jour

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + A Guy Who Loves His Customers (well, most of ’em)… Q: What consumer and market research guided the iPad development? Steve Jobs: “None. It isn’t the consumers’ job to know what they want.” – from the New York Times Customer centricity argues that companies should restructure their strategies and operations to put customers in the center. What’s wrong with that?Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder & Fusion Director of Atomic Tango LLC So you finally found that gadget you’ve been dreaming about — you know, the one with the 60″ screen, built-in WiFi, and ability to make a perfect crème brulee at the touch of a button. Better yet, you found it advertised at just the right price… but you didn’t notice the fine print. Only after getting to the store do you notice the word that causes blistering steam to blast out of your ears and nostrils…Read More

Posted On May 17, 2009By Freddy J. NagerIn Marketing

How to Win a Price War (Hint: Don’t)

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Price Pacifist “War, huh, yeah What is it good for Absolutely nothing Uh-huh War, huh, yeah What is it good for Absolutely nothing Say it again, y’all…” — Edwin Starr, “War” Imagine you’re minding your own business, selling lemonade from your friendly neighborhood stand, when — BAM! — you’re torpedoed by a rival who cuts his lemonade price in half. That bastard! Here you two had settled upon a comfy price point — legally, of course, with no collusion whatsoeverRead More
You’ve all seen the standard romantic comedy: the lead character pines for a fantasy ideal — a millionaire, supermodel, quarterback, cheerleader, prince or princess — but in the end, our hopeless romantic finds true love with a best friend, worst enemy, nerd, prostitute, maid or bodyguard. Delusions dispelled, the true lovers lock lips and live happily ever after. Or until Hollywood makes a sequel. Today, thanks to the recession, many businesses are undergoing the same head-spinning realignment of expectations. Their dream consumers — namely, the filthy rich — are suddenlyRead More

Posted On March 29, 2009By Freddy J. NagerIn Marketing

Want Tail? Watch Your Head: Secrets of Long-Tail Marketing

by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC Customer: Do you have “I Just Called To Say I Love You”? Barry: Yes. Customer: Can I have it? Barry: No. Customer: Why not? Barry: Because it’s tacky sentimental crap that’s why. Do we look like a store that would sell that song? Do you even know your daughter, there’s no way she likes that song. Oh I’m sorry, is she in a coma? — from “High Fidelity,” the movie A buddy and I were reminiscing about small independent record stores.Read More