Yesterday, I was in Memphis, meeting with our client, Bob Jagendorf, VP of Sales and Marketing from Mercom. Bob and I are old college buddies, turned responsible parents, turned entrepreneurs. We’ve spent the last five Christmas vacations with our respective families, and keeping in that tradition, we will be spending Christmas week in Costa Rica.
We’ve been the agency of record for Mercom since their start. From being just a great idea to becoming an "Inc. 500" company, therein lies the joy of working hard and having fun with very good and very smart people.
The day was part fun and part business. The fun part included a visit to Beale Street, Graceland, the Metal Museum, walking the banks of the Mississippi River, the hotel where Martin Luther King was assassinated, and taking photos all day long. We also bought some great Memphis Blues CD compilations.
Lunch of course was Bar-B-Q at the Blues City Cafe, where we got into discussions on new product development, industry trends, messaging and a return to increasing participation at trade shows and user group meetings.
It seems like most of our clients are ramping up with increased marketing activities for 2005. That’s a good sign for us, and a good sign for the technology economy in general.