top of page

A clean tie attracts the soup of the day.

Myles Bristowe
Today's fortune submitted by:
Myles Bristowe

Orlando, FL, USA

Myles is the founder of Wicked Good Results where he creates lead generation strategies and campaigns for clients with nerdy enthusiasm that turn clicks into new customers.

Check Your Work.

Today's Marketing Cookie is about checking your work.

In the late 1940s, a research project called "MX981" at Edwards Air Force Base was conducted to test human tolerance for g-forces during rapid deceleration. The tests used a rocket sled mounted on a railroad track with a series of hydraulic brakes at the end. During the tests, questions were raised about the accuracy of the instrumentation used to measure the g-forces. So, an engineer named Edward Murphy proposed using electronic gauges attached to the restraining clamps on the harness to measure the strain being exerted on the straps. Everyone agreed, and Murphy's assistant wired the harness for a trial run with a chimpanzee.

The sensors provided a zero reading.

When the sensors were inspected, it was discovered that they had been installed backward. Unfortunately, Edward had been offered the time and opportunity to calibrate and test the sensors prior to the test but he arrogantly declined. In an interview, Murphy blamed the failure on his assistant, saying, "If that guy has any way of making a mistake, he will." With that statement, "Murphy's law" was born. Forever after, people the world over continue to confirm what Murphy said, and have reiterated that, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."

Let's face it. Microsoft will always try to "update" your software at the precise moment when your life depends on printing an important document, your Internet connection will die in the middle of an important webex, and that phone call you've been waiting for all day will most certainly ring during the thirty seconds when you walked away from your desk. Murphy would say, even if absolutely nothing can ever go wrong, something will. If the possibility exists of several things going wrong, the one that will go wrong is the one that will do the most damage. It could be that everything will go wrong at one time, which will always be at a time when you least expect it.

There are a lot of moving parts in marketing campaigns these days. An advertisement must be displayed properly, accurately targeted to the right prospects, with the right message, and at the right time. When the prospect clicks the banner ad, they must arrive on the right landing page, which loads quickly, perfectly, and contains the right offer. When the prospect fills out the lead form, the data must be correctly saved in the right database, routed to the correct salesperson, and the whole process must be tracked, scored, and attributed correctly.

Many times in marketing, there aren't any second chances, do-overs, or mulligans. The best way for marketers to be prepared for things to go wrong, when a contingency is not possible, is to check your work. Test the link, proofread the copy, check the page in all browsers, test the form, and make sure everything works perfectly. He might have blamed his assistant for the failure, or he might even say that something going wrong was inevitable, but Murphy did not take the time to check the quality of his work, which proved to create a self-fulfilling prophecy.

So it is with today's fortune. While it may be true that, "A clean tie attracts the soup of the day," you have a responsibility to avoid slurping your soup and using a napkin.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie

Percent Daily Value


Percent Daily Values are based on the essential nutrients required to maintain a healthy mindset, fostering success in your marketing, prosperity in your career, and fulfillment in your life.








Submitted by:

Myles Bristowe

Unpackaged in: 

Orlando, FL, USA

Cookie Ingredients:


What marketing is really saying:

"Kid's popcorn, candy and soda: $158."

What marketing says:

"Kid's discounted movie tickets: $8."

Learn to speak marketing.

Translate Now

Get Daily Cookie Alerts

Daily Cookie Alerts

Receive Today's Marketing Cookie in your inbox every morning.

Today's Marketing Cookie


by Myles Bristowe

bottom of page