#TBT #Vinyl Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, 1970

26 Oct

Mad Dogs and Englishmen

Joe Cocker
Mad Dogs and Englishmen
A&M Records

A very cool and strange live album. This is the actual Joe Cocker, not John Belushi‘s spot-on impersonation!


Mad Dogs and Englishmen


Mad Dogs and Englishmen

#TBT #Vinyl John Fogerty, Centerfield, 1985

5 Oct


John Fogerty
Warner Bros


Getting ready for baseball playoffs with Fogerty’s massive 80s comeback, Centerfield. Go Cubs Go!





Franchise Conference Calendar

25 Sep

Tis the season for conferences in the franchise space! Here are some excellent opportunities in the coming months for CEOs, marketing & sales executives, and others to learn about innovations and network with peers:


FisherZucker / Fishman PR / Entrepreneur
September 25-27


Franchise Leadership and Development Conference
Franchise Update Media
October 11-13


Franchise Innovation Conference (aka FranTech)
International Franchise Association
San Diego
October 18-20


Franchise Expo West
MFV Expositions
Los Angeles
November 2-4


Emerging Franchisor Conference
International Franchise Association
November 6-8


Please let me know if you’ll be at any of these great conferences.

I would love to connect!




#TBT #Vinyl Genesis, Abacab, 1981

7 Sep


Atlantic Records US / Charisma Records UK

Genesis’ last good album according to progressive rock fans. Genesis’ first good album according to pop rock fans. 





Save Local Business

5 Sep

Franchise Action Network


I’m looking forward to heading to Capitol Hill next week to join some old friends and new ones in speaking with legislators about issues affecting local businesses.

One of the topics will be the Save Local Business Act which seeks to protect workers and small business owners from recent government overreach and confusion. Here are some links to information about the event and background on the topics:


Please let me know if you’re attending – let’s connect!



#TBT #Vinyl The Firm, 1985

31 Aug

The FirmThe Firm
The Firm
Atlantic Records

This was not exactly Led Zeppelin, but Jimmy Page wrote the songs, produced the sound, and played the guitars. That makes it better than anything else that came out in 1985.  


The Firm

The Firm

Tips for Using LinkedIn Video

13 Aug

LinkedIn Video


Many LinkedIn users can now post native video directly from the LinkedIn mobile app. Grab your phone and check it now. If the posting area now shows a video icon, then access has rolled out to you.

Like a Facebook Live video, it’s easy to fire up your camera and share a video instantly or share a video already saved in your camera roll. But unlike Facebook, these videos will have business-focused content…I HOPE…

You can post this video from your personal profile as a representative of your brand (or your personal brand) instead of your company page. This is a great feature; your personal profile is much more powerful than your company page. You probably have more connections than your company page has followers. Besides, who really follows company pages and engages with them? I’ll tell you who: people who want to sell the company something or get a job there!

LinkedIn will share with you the company names and titles of those who viewed your video. While this will be good to know, perhaps someday the viewer data will become targeting data. But for now, this video you’re about to upload will be seen be your connections and anyone else with whom they share it.

As you’re trying it out, here are a few tips to consider:

  • Sales folks: don’t use the video to only push your latest sales promotion. Tell a story! Tell stories about your customers, some best practices, industry issues, and anything that would make someone want to have a conversation with you.
  • Marketing pros: Again, tell a story, and leave out all corporate-speak about comprehensive global solutions and enterprise services yadda yadda yadda…
  • It can be ten minutes long, but don’t make it ten minutes long. Start with 30 seconds. When your 30 second videos are so good that your connections want more, increase to one minute.

#TBT #Vinyl KISS, Dressed to Kill, 1975

10 Aug

KISS Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill
Casablanca Records

Lookin’ good gentlemen…

KISS Dressed to Kill

KISS Dressed to Kill

#TBT #Vinyl Pink Floyd, Division Bell, 1993

27 Jul

Division Bell

Pink Floyd
The Division Bell
Columbia Records

The best Pink Floyd is Pink Floyd without Roger Waters. This is one of my favorite albums from Floyd,  and it has also a fantastic album cover by artist Storm Thorgerson.



#TBT #Vinyl #Cassette #CD Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction, 1987.

20 Jul

Appetite For Destruction

Guns N’ Roses
Appetite for Destruction
Geffen Records


The greatest album in history turns 30 years old tomorrow.

Here are copies of the the original LP, the cassette, and compact disc. It still sounds as good as it did 30 years ago and better than anything that anyone has made since then!


Appetite For Destruction

Appetite For Destruction

Appetite For Destruction

Appetite For Destruction


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