Vote For the Movie You’d Like to See Made

March 18th, 2010

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Tired of coming out of a movie theater thinking, “I could have done better than that!”

Now’s your chance to tell Hollywood what YOU want to see.

If you opened the entertainment section of your local newspaper this weekend, which of the following films (if any) would you pay to see…?

 

SEARCH AND RESCUE
(Action/Adventure)

A Rocky Mountain Rescue Pro must team up with his future father-in-law, an uptight Japanese banker, to track his fiancé when she’s kidnapped and held for ransom by a psychopathic bank robber in the remote wilderness.

SHOOT TO KILL meets CLIFFHANGER

 

DEPOSIT SLIP
(Broad Comedy)

A foreclosure victim stumbles into an untraceable $1 million dollars from the very bank that took his home. Things are going great until he falls in love with the daughter of the embezzling  bank CEO…now he’ll have to break into the bank and put the money back without getting caught to save his future family.

 

RETURN DEPOSIT
(Comedy)

A guilty bank robber confesses his latest heist to his father, who then risks his life and freedom to break into the bank and put back the money, so his son won’t do 20 years hard time.

 

I GIVE YOU MY WORD
(Broad Comedy)

A broke Life Coach who teaches the Honesty Principles Program discovers he has an unusual brain tumour that forces him to lie for the week leading up to the biggest event in his career.

 

CRIME WAVE
(Sci-fi Adventure)

A test is introduced that can determine whether teens will become criminals…but when an honour student tests positive he goes on the run rather than turning himself in for mandatory reprogramming to prove his innocence.

MINORITY REPORT for young teens

 

TOO DAMN COMMON
(Comedy Fantasy)

A white trash trailer park guy traces his lineage all the way back to King Tut and sues the travelling exhibit to recover his family fortune only to find the curse of the pharaohs is no laughing matter.

 

GUARANTEED LIFE
(Comedy)

 

Diagnosed with a terminal illness a lifelong loser decides to make it up to his family by trying to get killed in one extreme sport after another so they can claim his life insurance…but when the diagnosis turns out to be wrong he gets a new lease on life, until he learns his family has gone into debt in anticipation of the $5 million dollars on his head and now they’ve come after his head to claim it.

 

ATTENTION SEEKING BEHAVIOR
(Thriller)

 

A self-destructive young rock star goes to rehab in a remote location only to be menaced by her stalker from the outside world…but she’s been expecting him and has plans of her own to get him out of her life once and for all.

 

HARD CANDY meets THE BODYGUARD

 

DO OVER
(Comedy)

 

A disillusioned teen is considering suicide then realizes it might be better if she was never even born at all so she goes back in time to make sure her parents don’t get together.

 

BACK TO THE FUTURE meets DEAD LIKE ME/MY SO CALLED LIFE

 

TOYS ‘R’ MINE
(Comedy)

 

When their parents are laid off and unable to afford Christmas this year three determined kids decide to get revenge—by robbing the mega toy store that fired their families and bringing down the embezzling CEO behind the layoffs.

 

HOME ALONE meets OCEAN’S 11

 

FRIENDLY TAKE OVER/TAKE US OVER
(Sci-fi Comedy)

 

A tiny planet with a very small army gets an idea…attack earth, lose the war and claim war reparations to get out from under their galactic debt.

THE MOUSE THAT ROARED meets GALAXY QUEST or “The intergalactic MOUSE THAT ROARED.” 

 

GODFATHER OF THE BRIDE
(Comedy)

 

When a hit man’s daughter is about to marry a guy he doesn’t like, he’s surprised to find out that his next contract is…the groom. Now, on the big day, he’ll have to decide whether to march her down the aisle, or send him to the morgue.

 

MEET THE PARENTS meets ANALYZE THIS.

 

Any of these make you want to grab a bag of hot buttered popcorn? Let me know.

 

The Art of Sharing: How to Make the Most of Business Referrals

March 15th, 2010

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You can greatly increase your marketing potential by increasing your number of business contacts. Chances are someone knows someone who can use your products and services.

Make the most of your business referrals and take the guess work out of target marketing.

How?

1. Join a business referral group or your local chamber of commerce. Here you get to meet other business members at meetings and advertise together in common venues.

2. Making referrals a two-way street. Referring business to people who refer you keeps the karma mojo balanced.

3. Following up on referrals right away. When people want something, they usually want it right away and if they can’t get it from you, they’ll find someone else. Contacting potential customers while your name is still fresh in their minds keeps you top of mind. I usually jot down information on their business card immediately after meeting them so I can use that as an ice breaker or reminder of our meeting to jog their memory the next time I contact them.

4. Pitching your sale to anyone who will listen. I used to hate marketing my business because I always felt I was being salesy until someone told me to look at it this way, ‘Marketing is simply telling people what you do over and over again.” I can do that. And so can you. Telling people about your products and services in concise detail allows them to understand the nature of your business and whether they, or someone they know, needs your kind of expertise.

5. Making referrals a priority. Many business owners incorporate the referral process into their marketing plan only when profits are down. The old advice about marketing holds true here: the time to market your business is all the time. Referrals are ‘warm’ leads and are closer to the sale (and the money) than cold calls. Why make it harder on yourself?

6. Knowing your purpose. If you’re clear on what your purpose (and the purpose of your biz) is, you can communicate it cleanly and potential customers will ‘get’ you and the service you offer.

 7. Respecting other people’s time. Who doesn’t like to receive a ‘thank you’ - if someone helps you out with a referral responding quickly with a simple acknowledgement of appreciation will ensure ongoing referrals.