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The Best Church Youth Group Fundraiser Ever

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Get Flocked
My twin sister Nichole leads student ministries at the church we attend. Each summer, she leads a group of high school students on a mission trip. To raise money for the trip each year, she implements the greatest fundraising idea ever:

Every night during the month of May, our church's group of high school students drives to someone's house (it's usually a church member's) and plant 20 pink, plastic flamingos in their yard. This is called "getting flocked." In order to have the flamingos removed the next day, the owner of the house must donate at least $20 to the youth group. That's pretty awesome by itself, but there are fantastically fun twists:
Church members can purchase flamingo insurance for $10 to prevent their house from being flocked. Church members can pay $10 to request the flocking of an uninsured house.An uninsured house can be flocked more than once during the month.There's something for everyone in this fundraiser: some people …

My TEDx Talk: Hey Marketers, Get Your Priorities Straight

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18 Minutes of Fame
On April 12, 2013, I fulfilled a longtime goal: I gave a TEDx talk. I was honored to be one of six speakers at TEDx UofI Chicago. Everyone at the event was a pleasure to work with.

It would be very difficult to add up all of the hours that went into preparing for my short, 18-minute talk. I think I practiced it enough to remember large parts of it for the rest of my life. I tried to bring my passion for the subject to the stage — along with a little humor and a little know-how. There's always room for improvement, but I think I did pretty well. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I must admit that I had so much fun doing the talk that I just may have to try and do another one someday. I guess we'll have to see if I have any more ideas worth spreading in the future.

Add This To Your To-Do List
Enjoy my talk! And let me know what you thought of it.

There's never a lack of ideas.

Show Your Support for the #MarketingPriorities Movement with This Free Button

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Sharing is Caring
To thank those of you who have taken time to read my new book and share it with a friend, I'd like to send you a nifty button I've created. Check it out there on the right, worn by one of the people to whom I dedicated the book.

I'll send you a free button if you do all of the following:
Read my book. (Remember, there's a completely free pdf available.)Share my book with someone. I would love if you'd write a review of it, but you can also simply tell a friend about it or share it via social media. (If you share it on social media, please include #marketingpriorities.)Let me know that you did the first two things and where I should send the button. Then, sport it on your clothes or bag everywhere you go. If you take a picture of yourself wearing it and send it to me, I'll upload it to a little photo gallery for everyone to see.I'm trying to start a movement in which organizations no longer invest time and money into marketing communication ta…