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August 5, 2015

How Not to Fail – Thinks Out Loud Episode 132

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How not to fail

How Not to Fail – Headlines and Show Notes

You might also want to check out these slides I had the pleasure of presenting recently about how to lead mobile-focused digital transformation within large organizations (a topic we’ve been talking about a fair bit lately). Here are the slides for your reference:

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Technical details: Recorded using an Audio-Technica AT2035 studio condenser microphone through a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 16m 28s

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February 28, 2014

A Good Week

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A good dayThis has been a really good week for me. I’ve just finished up a couple of big, successful projects, signed a few awesome new clients (Hello, and thank you, new clients!), moderated a panel at a very cool conference, and started discussions with some really interesting companies about how we might work together in the future.

By any objective standard, that’s a good week. Really good.

The funny thing is, none of those represent the best part of my week.

The best thing that happened this week? I celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary.

And, it occurred to me that so many of the good things in my life—every day, every week, every year—happen because of the support I get from my family, starting with my wife. Just before I launched my business, I was offered an amazing job, with a great salary, excellent benefits, and plenty of interesting work. I remember asking my wife, “What will happen if I don’t take this job?” And she said, “You’ll succeed, that’s what will happen.”

Cool lady, huh?

Someone, I think maybe Woody Allen, once said, “80% of life is just showing up.” And the only secret I’ve ever found in life to getting what you really want comes down to that simple truth. Doesn’t matter if it’s business, or relationships, or marriage. It’s showing up. Doing the work. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year. It’s a truth demonstrated to me by my father, my most influential teachers and mentors, and, these days, my wife. Day after day. Week after week. Year after year.

I hope you’ve had a good week. I know I have. I’m going to enjoy myself this weekend, take a little rest, refresh my mind and my body, spend time with the people I love. I hope you do that too.

And I also can’t wait for next week, to start again.

Have a good weekend.

Got some time to read later this weekend? Interested in learning more about the future of e-commerce and marketing via the social, local, mobile web? Register to receive a special report I’ve produced in conjunction with hotel marketing firm Vizergy, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World.” While it’s targeted specifically at hotel and resort marketers, the lessons apply to just about any business. You can get your free copy of the report here.

And, finally, you might want to check out some of our past coverage of the social, local, mobile web and what it means for your business, including:

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December 18, 2013

3 Steps to Digital Marketing Success in 2014 – Thinks Out Loud Episode 55

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What can you accomplish if only

3 Steps to Digital Marketing Success in 2014 Headlines and Show Notes

Focus

Diversify

Joy

Final Thoughts

There’s still time to get something from our 2013 Thinks Holiday Gift Guide for that someone special. It doesn’t even have to be me. 😉

And, as mentioned here are my slides for “The Truth: How the Social, Local, Mobile Web Affects Sales Online and Offline”:

And also for “Today and Tomorrow: The Changing Customer Journey”:

You can also register to receive a free copy of my special report, “Digital Hotel Marketing in a Multiscreen World,” produced in conjunction with Vizergy, here. While it’s targeted to the hospitality industry specifically, most of the lessons apply across verticals.

Contact information for the podcast: podcast@timpeter.com

Technical details: Recorded using a Shure SM57 microphone
through a Mackie Onyx Blackjack USB recording interface into Logic Express 9 for the Mac.

Running time: 17m 30s

You can subscribe to Thinks Out Loud in iTunes [iTunes link], subscribe via our dedicated podcast RSS feed (or better yet, given that Google has now killed Reader, sign up for our free newsletter). You can also download/listen to the podcast here on Thinks using the player below:

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December 12, 2012

Repetition, repetition, repetition

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RepetitionToday’s a funny date. 12/12/12. Lots of repeats there. It also happens to be a significant birthday for me, one with a repeated number.

Repetition is a funny thing. Some folks hate it. For example, D.H. Lawrence once said,

“…better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.”

(Well, sure, when you put it that way.)

Of course, not everyone sees repetition negatively. That great philosopher Reggie Jackson stated,

style=”float;position:relative; left:25px;””A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.”

And Norman Vincent Peale noted,

“Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex.”

Though I suppose that last one could be both positive and negative.

So here’s a thought for today, this very repetitive date: What’s worth repeating in your life? What’s so worthwhile that you’d do it again and again and again, happily honing your life’s habit? What’s automatic? And are you glad that’s so?

If not, what’s stopping you from changing?

Habits can ease you through your day. They can just as easily hold you back. Don’t forget, one habit worth repeating is changing the things that don’t work for you.


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December 3, 2012

What creates success?

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What drive success?The Atlantic has a great interview with author and, more relevant to the story, bookstore owner Ann Patchett discussing why her new venture succeeded. And there are lots of reasons: good market, strong demand, excellent timing, amazing PR. But I can’t help thinking the main reason comes down to this quote:

“Amazon doesn’t get to make all the decisions; the people can make them, by choosing how and where they spend their money. If what a bookstore offers matters to you, then shop at a bookstore. If you feel that the experience of reading a book is valuable, then read a book. This is how we change the world: We grab hold of it. We change ourselves.” [Emphasis mine]

Just because you want something, won’t make it so. You have to work for it.

But, if you really want something and are willing to work for it and are willing to change yourself and what you do? Then very little can stop you.


If you can help those dealing with the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy, please visit the American Red Cross.

Want to make sure your business makes the most of the local, mobile, social web? thinks helps you understand how to grow your business via the web, every day. Get more than just news. Get understanding. Add thinks to your feed reader today.

Or subscribe via email.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to follow Tim on Twitter.

Tim Peter & Associates helps companies from startups to the Fortune 500 use the web to reach more customers, more effectively every day. Take a look and see how we can help you.

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