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About bobcouch

Bob Couch is the president of OROGEN Marketing in Menlo Park, CA. During his almost 30 year career he has worked with some the the biggest brands in the world, and several Silicon Valley startups. OROGEN Marketing provides a comprehensive set of marketing tools to help their clients grow big, and bigger.

Don’t Let Your Opinion Overly Influence Your Judgment

Your opinions are subjective, based on various forms of input, i.e. physical, emotional, intellectual, etc.  Sometimes, after many years of creating marketing strategies and executing marketing plans, you feel you’ve attained the rank of expert, and believe that you know … Continue reading

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Add Understanding To Truth

Let’s start with truth.  It’s a wonderful, unavoidable, exhilarating, depressing, freeing, and confining thing … and most important as a marketer, it will always find a way to surface.  So begin by acknowledging exactly what your products and services are; … Continue reading

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So, How Do You Start With The End In Mind?

Every business consultant worth his salt will tell you to start your planning with the end in mind. (See Chris Brogan) “The easiest way to solve a maze,” they say, “is to start at the end.”  Truer words were never … Continue reading

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Developing Uncommon Vision

Creativity is seeing common things in uncommon ways.  It’s that simple.  It’s that hard. Close-up of James’ eye  So, how do you learn to see common things in uncommon ways, particularly regarding your marketing efforts? First, deconstruct whatever you’re focusing … Continue reading

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Propellers Or Anchors: What’s Attached To Your Marketing?

Propellers and anchors have specific and opposite functions: One is designed to move you, and the other is designed to hold you in place.  Being held in place is not necessarily bad, but it is not moving you ahead. Sometimes … Continue reading

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Sand Castle Marketing And How To Avoid It

A client of mine, Dana Barciz, recently used a phrase I haven’t heard before:  Sand Castle Marketing.  Sand Castle Marketing is when you build a beautiful marketing plan, and the wave of budget concern/re-prioritization washes ashore and sweeps away a … Continue reading

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A Client’s Bill Of Rights

I’ve written about what it takes to be a great client .  Here is a list of 15 “Rights” you, as the client,  should expect from a great marketing agency.  This is also a way to tell if you are … Continue reading

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