The Best of 2005

NOTICE: All the links in this post go to the old blogspot location. If you’d like to read these posts, please browse the best of 2005 tag. Thanks.

The end of the year is approaching and it’s time for the obligatory look back.

2005 has been a very good year for me. It ranks right up there with 1975, 1986, and 1998 as one of my top “life changing years” for many different reasons both personally and professionally. I want to thank you…my “15 people“…for helping to make this such as great year.

I probably won’t be posting during Christmas…so as a holdover and as a part of the look back…please re-visit what I consider my “top posts of 2005” for the Shotgun Marketing Blog.

Sales Methods – A post that deals with media salespeople. It emphasizes one of my core philosophies – “You should never let someone sell you advertising; you should buy it. There’s a difference.”

ChangeThis Announcement – I was amazed how the publication of my marketing manifesto on ChangeThis really spread like wildfire.

Marketing by Committee – This post is quoted all over the blogosphere. It’s really common sense that you should not plan your business strategy the same way you plan the office Christmas party.

All Hat — No Cattle – A great Oprah example. I now use this example in many of my marketing keynotes and seminars.

Medieval Venture Capitalists – Don’t dismiss Web2.0 because of the weaknesses of Web1.0.

The Fallacy of Municipal Branding – It seems I blogged all year about the craze of “re-branding” cities and states. This is one of the first (and best) posts about it.

Guest Blogger for Fast Company – I was honored to have “guest blogged” for Fast Company magazine during their “FC Now BlogJam 2005”

Andy Williams vs. Sir Mixalot – A funny post about back-to-school time and selling to the buyer not the user.

The Book Proposal – We’re still working on it.

Blogs are not Mainstream – I received some flack on this one…but the idea behind the post is rock solid.

The Pirate Post – People loved this one. Communication is important in marketing…arrrgh.

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