Addicted to novelty since 2001 is the New Big

While driving down Howe Street this morning, I randomly encountered two things to blog about. The first was the aforementioned, springing from a conversation about how Julie’s friend once gave up Twizzlers and suffered miserably for it.

The second (this one, as sharper readers may have guessed) occurred to me when I drove passed a moving truck from (they have a, uh, peculiar website). I immediately thought of Seth Godin’s book, Small is the New Big. From his blog:

A small restaurant has an owner who greets you by name. A small venture fund doesn’t have to fund big bad ideas in order to get capital doing work. They can make small investments in tiny companies with good (big) ideas. A small church has a minister with the time to visit you in the hospital when you’re sick.

Is it better to be the head of Craigslist or the head of UPS?

Small is the new big only when the person running the small thinks big.

When I imagine ads for moving companies, I picture eighteen wheelers blazing across huge vistas, not little half-ton trucks scooting across town.

To brand your company MiniMove makes total sense in an urban centre with a highly mobile population living in small apartments. It’s an obvious differentiator in an industry that belies differentiation.

3 Responses to “ is the New Big”

  1. raincoaster

    I’ve used MiniMove, and when I was with Starbucks they were the trucker of choice for moving things like espresso machines and mobile bars all over the Lower Mainland. The service is cheaper than traditional trucking, though not at the level of the gypsy “Bob and his Ram need cash” level, and they are very, very smart. When we had them move some stuff to a downtown location they suggested we delay the shipment by 12 hours and save over 50%, as they’d be in the area anyway. Can’t say enough good things about them.

  2. katink

    Hey Darren – thanks for the tag in your blog – from one half of the MiniMove website design (and various other capacities) team. We pride ourselves on our peculiari…I mean, originality!

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