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Westchester Marketing Expert Quoted Again

Our very own Mark Stevens, CEO of MSCO and our local Westchester marketing expert, has been featured in yet another article. The media often looks to successful industry professionals to draw conclusions for their work, and Mark is often called upon for his expertise. 

This time, our Westchester marketing expert was mentioned in a great article from The Network Journal. Ann Brown wrote a thought provoking piece entitled ‘Point to Flaws: Why Sometimes You Need to Criticize Your Industry.

Brown quotes Stevens in order to answer the question posed in the article’s title. “Absolutely, you should criticize your own industry. That is, of course, when you believe your industry is aborting or failing to fulfill it’s true mission,”  Stevens says.

Brown also draws insights from another professional, Michael Bremmer, CEO of, to support Stevens’ position. “You’re going to barbecue a few sacred cows, and people won’t like it…so you might lose a few lunch invites…but the ones you’ll get because you speak out will be even better,” Bremmer points out.

“Of course you will be subjected to push back, anger and resentment that can border on the emotional. That’s because if you are truly affected you are not so much a critic as a disrupter. You may be forcing people to come out of their comfort zone and behave in a different matter,” says Stevens.

As always, our Westchester marketing expert is highly opinionated. You can view the article in its entirety here. Or, to hear more about how Mark views the world, check out his blog on LinkedIn.
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Mark Stevens on Republican Debate

Mark Stevens, CEO of our New York marketing and management firm, was recently interviewed by Tom Ensey of Raycom Media. The topic up for discussion was tonight’s Republican debate. Those of you that know Mark or follow his LinkedIn blog know that he is very opinionated about a lot of things. Donald Trump’s run for presidency is no exception.

Mark and Ensey had a great conversation about Mark’s view on the situation. When it comes to tonight’s Republican debate, Mark doesn’t think that Trump is going to blow everybody away like some people are expecting because of the short response time allotted to each candidate.

Mark believes that Trump absolutely wants to be president and has no ulterior motive, endgame or backup plan. “He thinks that it would be fun to be president,” Mark is quoted. “He thinks it would be a great capstone to a brilliant career, as John Kerry did, as Mitt Romney did. It would be fun to govern the first 100 days, and that’s all they ever think about. There’s a long list of things you can have fun doing with the raw power of the President of the United States. He wants Air Force One, he wants the White House.”

Trump is definitely a force to be reckoned with. He is, as Mark says, not a clown; he’s a serious contender who should be taken seriously. This is due, in part, to Trump’s marketing (which doesn’t suck, according to Mark Stevens, author of bestselling Your Marketing Sucks). He is one of the world’s best salesmen. Mark refers to him as “a natural whose marketing skills are innate, who does not contrive words, who acts and speaks spontaneously, who is not trying to model himself after Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, or Bill Clinton. He has no ties at all to the political establishment.”

Mark thinks that Donald Trump is staying true to himself and doing what he’s always done. He’s running for president the same way that he sold his buildings. And Mark isn’t surprised that he’s leading the polls.

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Marketing Advice From CEO Mark Stevens

Marketing advice from our CEO and founder, Mark Stevens, was recently featured in a blog post on PR Newswire. This blog details “How to Identify Your Brand’s Thought Leaders: 5 Marketing Experts’ Tips,” including some powerful insights from our very own marketing advice expert.

“A thought leader is willing to look at the rules in any industry or field or conventional wisdom and say ‘This is no longer wisdom,’” says Mark Stevens, CEO of MSCO Media and author of Your Marketing Sucks. “If your ideation has led to change then you are a thought leader.”

The article goes on to discuss how Mark believes that both Bill Gates and Taylor Swift are thought leaders in their respective fields. At first glance, it may not seem as if the two have much in common, but once you think about it, you’ll realize that both Gates and Swift have struggled with the trials and tribulations of the tech and music industries, defied norms and changed their industries for the better.

Four other experts from all across the country are cited as they share their marketing advice regarding the importance of identifying your brand’s thought leaders. In addition to Mark’s conclusion that “thought leaders change the industry for the better,” the author also highlighted these additional tips: “Thought leaders don’t shy away from controversy,” “Thought leaders are sought out by others,” “Thought leaders rank well in search results,” and “Thought leaders look to the future.”

For more on these experts’ marketing advice, read the full blog post on PR Newswire.

To read more of Mark’s marketing insights, visit his personal blog on his LinkedIn page.

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NY Marketing Expert Has #1 Post On LI

The latest LinkedIn post from NY marketing expert and CEO of MSCO, Mark Stevens, has been getting a lot of attention. Posted just yesterday, it has already has over 200,000 views. This is a great example of how something so seemingly simple can go viral, as long as it is done the right way. Mark’s LinkedIn success doesn’t stop there, his last viral post received nearly 800,000 views. That’s over one million views between these two posts alone, and he’s not done yet!

Why McDonald’s Is Dying has it all – from a great and attention grabbing title to strong and thoughtful content that backs it up, you just can’t beat it. Check it out and voice your opinion in the comment section. Is Mark onto something, or do you disagree with his thought process? Let us know!

Mark has been regularly posting on LinkedIn since July of this year. With over 100 posts, he has certainly been making a name for himself. Throughout this time, he has learned a great deal about how LinkedIn works and how to use it as a highly effective marketing tool. Having a team member that has ‘cracked the code’ on something as powerful as LinkedIn has made us that much stronger as a team. We have been able to incorporate Mark’s knowledge into our marketing strategies, and clients are already starting to see some results.

In the time that it took me to write this post, over 20,000 more people have read Mark’s article. The post still has a lot of life, and I can’t wait to see how much it grows. Mark’s unique insights are just one of the things that makes him a sought-after thought leader and NY marketing expert, and I’m so proud to say that I’m working at such a forward-thinking company. Read More

Forbes Tabs Mark In Business Marketing Consulting

Mark Stevens is Forbes’ newest business marketing consulting blogger. This is the latest public relations success for MSCO following this year’s rerelease of Mark’s book Your Marketing Sucks, the business marketing consulting guide that build this agency.

Surely they noticed Mark’s business marketing consulting acumen after seeing his great success on LinkedIn earlier this month. Mark’s post, Why You Must Lie On Job Interviews And What You Must Lie About, has already surpassed 775,000 views and earned him wide recognition for his pointed critique of the hiring process. This is the type of business marketing consulting advice we give to clients on a regular basis, so it’s no wonder Forbes would want to bring someone like Mark in to offer his unconventional wisdom.

The article takes a look at Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, and her difficulty coping with the public relations nightmare caused by product recall after product recall. Going against the conventional wisdom that this is somehow all her fault, or even that she was set up, Mark goes on to cite poor marketing as the reason she’s taking the blame. It was marketing’s fault that she hid from the situation until it became unavoidable. It was also marketing’s fault that she did not become the face of a new GM instead of the next in a long line of disappointments. Mark then offers his business marketing consulting from his own experience serving our past client Intrawest. You can read the whole thing here.

This partnership with Forbes no doubt will open doors for MSCO. Even though Mark is already a well-known commentator for Fox News, CNBC and other media outlets, Forbes adds another big name and strong credibility to our brand. Posts on Forbes should appear weekly, so be sure to check back often for Mark’s business marketing consulting column tackling the big issues all business owners and marketers face.

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