Friday Fun: The Brands Are Coming! The Brands Are Coming!


Friday Fun is Diva Marketing's virtual happy hour from cosmos to Jack to lemonade. A waiting for the weekend 'playground' time to be sophisticated-silly. Or sometimes just plain silly.

Girlfriend, consumer brands continue to step into the blogosphere. A few are actually joining in on the conversation and some even have comments open. Two of my new favs are Marriott On The Move and John Heald Carnival Freedom's Cruise Director.

Marriott on the Move is authored by the CEO of Marriott Hotels, Bill Marriott. Mr. Marriott is going to be one of the best CEO bloggers. When I read Bill Marriott's posts I have the sense that he's talking to me. I hear the rhythm of his style. He's not afraid to take on hard topics. I sense the humanity of the man and believe what he is writing about is real to him .. and I like that a lot.

Not only does Carnival's Cruise Director John Heald give us a real life look at life on a cruise ship but he is really funny.

I am very sorry that I could post my blog thingy over the weekend so I hope you have not all lost interest and have found a better blog to read like or even worse another Cruise Directors blog. I learnt today that an esteemed colleague of mine on another line that will remain nameless has started one. I wish him the best of luck and hope it is very successful (no, I don’t, I hope nobody reads it, get your own idea).

Again, a real person emerges from John's posts. A guy you'd like to hang out with on deck sipping a few drinks with cute umbrellas with while waiting for the next shore tour. John, if you need a few bloggers to join you on a Carnival Cruise - my hand is raised high!

Congrats! to BBF Eric Kintz who writes the thought provoking HP blog Marketing Excellence. Eric was Selected by Brandweek as one of the 2007 Top 10 Next Generation Marketers.

For Birthday_cupcakeMaxie's person


Astrology business astrology for fun -
from The Astro Divas Paula Dare & Donna Page

The Sun moves into Taurus today, the time of year that brings whispers of joy into the ears of entrepreneurs. Taurus wants us all to be prosperous and revel in the material pleasures the world offers. Taurus says there is more than enough to go around; look and see how you can create products out of what you already have. Where are you not using the resources at your disposal? What is in front of your eyes that with your imagination you could create a new product or service?

The moon in Cancer is void of course all day Monday, it is time to go with the flow and not be married to an agenda. Instead listen to your intuition on what to do and who to call. Tuesday and Wednesday the moon in Leo is a good time to toot your own horn, brag about your services, and be generous in your offerings. Thursday and Friday much work can be accomplished with the moon traveling thorough meticulous Virgo.


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Thanks for your kind words Eric. One of the joys and beneftis of blogging/social media is that we are all learning from each other!

Posted by: Toby on Apr 20, 2007 6:14:20 PM

Happy Birthday to Maxie's person!

Posted by: POLLI on Apr 21, 2007 3:52:44 PM

Polli - smile .. thanks!

Posted by: toby on Apr 22, 2007 1:12:50 AM

When companies create blogs that they stick to and do right, it can really help give that company a personal face. I think that's the way marketing is heading.

Posted by: Sandy Wojokowski on May 7, 2007 11:18:29 PM

As you mentioned before, building relationships are worth every penny in the long run. This is just one example of a company doing that. If I start to feel a connection to a cruise line's CEO through his blog entries, I'm certainly more likely to feel loyality to that cruise line.

Posted by: Vail Valley Marketing on May 17, 2007 7:42:36 PM

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