Don’t You Dare Read My Column This Week Unless …
You have voted!
If not, stop reading here. Walk out of your office, home or wherever you are, and proceed directly to your assigned polling station.
There’s too much at stake this time around. I implore you to get out and vote. Republican, Democrat, who cares? Just go vote. Sure, there may be long lines, but this election is so big that your vote could be your opportunity to make the biggest difference possible in your lifetime.
And one thing’s for sure: Your vote will count in the history books! Either the first black presidential or female vice presidential candidate will be elected to the White House.
I spent more than three hours in the Florida heat (it’s still in the high 80s here, and the line was outdoors in the sun) with my wife and 8-year-old for the privilege to cast my ballot. And there will be no hanging chads this year — it was all done by “scantron” (No. 2 pencil not necessary).
I did observe one interesting point, and this goes more to marketing than to voting choice. About an hour after we arrived, a truck pulled in with Obama logos emblazoned on its sides. The passengers of said truck then proceeded to unload coolers, handing out bottles of water to the masses to keep them happy and from suffering heatstroke. Good job! And they gave water to all. No partisanship here!
OK, my rant’s over.
As to last week’s column on downsizing, I received a few provocative comments. Some appreciative of my views and, of course, some who thought I was way off base.
So next Tuesday, for those who believe that my “downsizing is for sissies” argument doesn’t hold water and I don’t know what I’m talking about, stay tuned. I’ll prove my point to quiet the naysayers — and I’ll serve up some tips to help you reduce costs while I’m at it.
And to put my money where my mouth is, I offer this challenge: If your company can’t figure out how to save money to avoid downsizing, contact me. I’ll help pro bono the first two companies that contact me as long as I can use the case studies in future columns.
Now close this window, and go vote. Please!
Jim Gilbert is president of Gilbert Direct Marketing, a full-service catalog and direct marketing agency. His LinkedIn profile can be viewed at www.linkedin.com/in/jimwgilbert or you can post a comment here or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Jim Gilbert has had a storied career in direct and digital marketing resulting in a burning desire to tell stories that educate, inform, and inspire marketers to new heights of success.
After years of marketing consulting, Jim decided it was time to “put his money where his mouth was" and build his own e-commerce company, Premo Natural Products, with its flagship product, Premo Guard Bed Bug & Mite Sprays. Premo in its second year is poised to eclipse 100 percent growth.
Jim has been writing for Target Marketing Group since 2006, first on the pages of Catalog Success Magazine, then as the first blogger for its online division. Jim continues to write for Total Retail.
Along the way, Jim has led the Florida Direct Marketing Association as their Marketing Chair and then three-term President, been an Adjunct Professor of Direct and Digital marketing for Miami International University, and created a lecture series, “The 9 Immutable Laws of Social Media Marketing,” which he has presented across the country at conferences and universities.