Several years ago I wrote an article entitled “How Do You Choose the Best Marketing Consultant”. The article was posted on my website - - and on numerous print and internet links. The content was written to advise layman of the many options and obstacles that should be addressed in their search for experienced and competent consulting help. Common sense, some inside-baseball tips and guidance on avoiding shyster’s constituted the bulk of the articles copy points.

Since being printed, the article has elicited much positive response. I appreciate the nice comments and reviews. I also, fully recognize the wild, wild, west nature of the internet and the reality that anyone’s work may be misrepresented and even plagiarized by some unsavory elements that play in the “mucky” side of the medium. So I write the following as a real life cautionary advisory.

Recently while policing my web-site and personal web links I discovered a link to my article “How Do You Choose the Best Marketing Consultant” that had been posted by the marketing consulting firm True North Services. I know nothing of this firm, its associates, experience or abilities. I was, however, shocked that my article was re-printed in the link and on their web-site in its exact entirety, and only in the finest small print at the bottom of the article re-print am I credited. The professional, honorable way to credit authorship is with a bi-line and source mentioned at the top of an article, beneath the title.

When you visit the True North Services web-site there is a tab on the Home Page noting their “Articles”. My article is included as if authored by this firm.

This may seem a small point, a slight indiscretion in a world full of violence, duplicity and corruption. Maybe! Nevertheless, if a service provider in any field feels compelled to use a competitor’s work product to enhance their curriculum vitae what does this say about their ability, originality of thought, creativity (or lack thereof) and honor as a potential working partner.

In a laissez-faire medium such as the internet, and in a world where unscrupulous firms will sell shoddy products and services through gross misrepresentation, it is crucial that buyers and clients exercise due diligence before making decisions. The purpose of my article “How Do You Choose the Best Marketing Consultant” is to assist in that process. The fact that good perspective, guidance and intentions have been abused by misrepresenting this writing should make seekers of professional services even more careful and wary.

Author's Bio: 

Geoff Ficke has been a serial entrepreneur for almost 50 years. As a small boy, earning his spending money doing odd jobs in the neighborhood, he learned the value of selling himself, offering service and value for money.

After putting himself through the University of Kentucky (B.A. Broadcast Journalism, 1969) and serving in the United States Marine Corp, Mr. Ficke commenced a career in the cosmetic industry. After rising to National Sales Manager for Vidal Sassoon Hair Care at age 28, he then launched a number of ventures, including Rubigo Cosmetics, Parfums Pierre Wulff Paris, Le Bain Couture and Fashion Fragrance.

Geoff Ficke and his consulting firm, Duquesa Marketing, Inc. ( has assisted businesses large and small, domestic and international, entrepreneurs, inventors and students in new product development, capital formation, licensing, marketing, sales and business plans and successful implementation of his customized strategies. He is a Senior Fellow at the Page Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Business School, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.