Content for the Social Space

Steve McKee of McKee Wallwork Cleveland Advertising believes small business has every reason to invest in social media. Here he is in BusinessWeek pointing to reason number one: The biggest reason to use social media is that it’s free. You can be a significant player online without laying out any cash, and in this economic […]

Communication, Transparency and Participation – This Is Textbook

Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House, is ushering in change already. Millions of Americans have powered President Obama’s journey to the White House, many taking advantage of the internet to play a role in shaping our country’s future. is just the beginning of the new administration’s efforts to expand […]

Watching TV With “Friends” Around The Nation – Is There Anything The Web Can’t Do?

While a social media advance can’t hold a candle to the real news on this day in American history, Saul Hansell of The New York Times does note the significance of today’s CNN/Facebook mashup. CNN’s live streaming of the Inauguration, with a feed from Facebook is powerful demonstration of how television can use social media […]

Today In Twitterverse: Competition from Facebook and CNN

Alan Wolk asked a prescient question on the eve of this new dawn. Today, he asks again.

Wexley School for Girls, for Instance

This is a stellar illustration by Robin Eley running in Ad Age (it’s also the only way to get Lee Clow in a suit). I wish I could say the same for the text that accompanies this work of art. The text is all about which agencies made the magazine’s “A-list” for 2008. I know […]

Your Friend The President

We noted here several times last fall that Barack Obama’s rise to power is a new textbook for brand marketers worldwide. In it, they’ll find chapters on crafting a winning vision, speaking from the heart, and how to motivate people on the ground. All good things to know. Matt Bai, who covers politics for the […]

Grateful To Be In Business

Stephen prosper in his time Well he may and he may decline -Robert Hunter I was talking with an old friend this morning about honoring our experience seeing live Grateful Dead shows. I suggested it might be beneficial to openly state that it was an important part of our development as people and as businessmen. […]

Corporate Messages Can Kiss Poster Boy’s Collective Ass

A totally made up phone conversation… Girlfriend #1: I met this fine guy at a party last night. He had his hoodie on most of the time, but I’m pretty sure he’s smokin’. Girlfriend#2: Cool, what’s he do? Girlfriend #1: He’s a Culture Jammer! Girlfriend#2: Is that some kind of DJ? This is what it […]

We Know What’s In His Head, But Not What’s On His Head

America is about to break with tradition by inaugurating a black President, but some traditions need to stay in place, like hat wearing. According to HatforObama, a promotional site from Stetson, Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush are all Stetson men. The hope is Obama will […]

For Real Man Beer We Go To Israel

McCann Erickson/Tel Aviv for Goldstar Beer: The pay off line, in case you can’t read it, says, “Thank God, you’re a man.” [via Ads of the World]