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Most email newsletters are terribly boring, especially those from B2B technology companies. And political candidates. And nonprofits. Well, most organizations send boring email newsletters. One way to stand out from the swamp of sameness is to use humor.

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NASA used marketing strategies to gain support for its space missions, leading up to the moment Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon on July 20, 1969 (50 years ago today). But soon after, the American people's doubts returned. I’m featured in this really great (high production value) mini-documentary by Retro Report.

I hope you will take 6 minutes to check it out. I believe the marketing aspects of the Apollo missions were as important as the spacecraft and what better day to learn about this than the 50th.

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There are three iconic voices related to the Apollo lunar program: 1) President John F. Kennedy's challenge to America "We choose to go to the moon!", 2) Neil Armstrong's first words as he stepped foot lunar surface: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" and 3) Jack King's countdown to the launch of the Saturn V rocket that carried humans to the moon. We know a great deal about Kennedy and Armstrong, but what about Jack King? On this, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch I share a little about Jack.

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Apollo 11, the first lunar landing, was fifty years ago this month. It was the most audacious adventure humans have ever accomplished and deserves celebration. I’m particularly interested in how the contractors who worked on the project in the 1960s are marking the milestone, so we will look at three companies: IBM, Hasselblad, and Omega.

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I’m super excited that after many years of hard work, the first part of Chasing the Moon, a three-part mini-series by Robert Stone, premieres today on PBS American Experience. Parts two and three come Tuesday and Wednesday. The idea for Chasing the Moon came when Robert read my book Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program which I co-wrote with Rich Jurek.

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If I may be so bold as to boil down into a single word the thousands of conversations I’ve had about marketing over the past several decades, as well as my more than a dozen years’ worth of blogging and the contents of my books, it would be this: attention. Entrepreneurs, CEOs, and business owners want people to pay attention to their company. Marketers, PR pros, advertisers, and salespeople are on the payroll to generate attention.

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We travel to 2020 Presidential town hall events in New Hampshire to ask a simple question of each candidate: “Outside of your work and your family, what are you a fan of, what are you passionate about?” Today we share what Jay Inslee, the Governor of Washington state, told us.

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We travel to 2020 Presidential town hall events to ask a simple question of each candidate: “Outside of your work and your family, what are you a fan of, what are you passionate about?” Today we share what Elizabeth Warren told us.

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In the research for our new book Fanocracy: How to Turn Fans into Customers and Customers into Fans, my co-author Reiko and I interviewed hundreds of people about their passions and their fandoms. I am super excited to share a project we’ve been working on for months - a Q&A video series about what the U.S. Presidential candidates are passionate fans of. It’s a question they’ve never been asked on the campaign trail, until now!

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In our years of research on fandom, we've heard again and again that people are starving for true human connection. Fanocracy is the future of business, because the relationship companies build with their customers is often more important than the products and services they sell to them.

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