Have You Stoked Your Frictionless Data Feeds Today?

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Just when we wrap our collective heads around the concept of real-time marketing, along comes on-demand marketing to steal some of real-time’s thunder. According to Peter Dahlström and David Edelman of McKinsey, “the coming era of ‘on-demand’ marketing” will revolve around four key areas: Now: Consumers will want to interact anywhere at any time. Can […]

PointRoll Blows An Opportunity By Sucking On Ad Age’s Cover

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When I opened my copy of Advertising Age today, I was confronted with this coverwrap from PointRoll. I’d like to think that if I were to create an ad that, by simple virtue of its placement, would immediately command the attention of every Ad Age subscriber, I’d do something a lot less, well, sucky. There […]

Create Compelling Mobile Experiences, Or Facebook Falls Apart

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Remember when the call was put out to accelerate our processes and get up to Internet speed? I think we’ve done it, because today a huge company can emerge from a dorm room to become a major Silicon Valley-based player in just a handful of years. Said company–Facebook–can then go public (after which its officers […]

Click Cups, Become Friends On Facebook

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In an industry starving for innovation, some wild ideas will be thrown at the wall. Some of them will even stick, before sliding down and out of view. Quick, look at this idea — a smart beer cup connected to your Facebook account — for it too may slide from view. Chris Matyszczyk writing for […]

Hooters Working To Insert The Restaurant Into Its “Breastaurant” Brand

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In the ad business we hear about brands wishing to reinvent themselves daily. In fact, many of us have heard these exact words (more than once), “We want to be just like Apple.” Thankfully, there are few signs of brand-specific cluelessness this overt. Like agencies seeking a new skin, I am not convinced a full […]

Dear Content Marketing Pros, Help Build Out This List.ly

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My friend on Twitter, Nick Kellett of Kelowna, British Columbia created List.ly to help people make better lists, through collaboration and sharing. Here’s my first first on List.ly. Share

Are You Down With This Concept Yet? Media Is A Marketing Service.

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Every company is a media company. No, that meme is incomplete and out of date. This is longer but more accurate: Every company needs media, a.k.a. brand storytelling to create and sustain long-term interest among key constituents. Whichever angle you prefer, the need for media, a.k.a. content marketing, is a given. The question is “How […]

Upscale Homeless Are Fuel For Urban’s Fire

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You have to know your customer inside and out. That’s a given. It’s also important to refrain from projecting your own values, or the brand’s values, onto one’s idealized customers. People are complex, so reducing their behaviors and thus their identities into neat little packages, or target demos as the case may be, is a […]

Authentic Brands Attract, And Deserve, Authentic Scrutiny

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Last week, I posted some contrarian views on Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” idea. Writing in Forbes CMO Network, Will Burns leaps to the defense of Dove and smacks down the criticism of the video, calling the criticism “ugly” and “absurd.” Burns is off the mark here with his characterizations. There’s nothing ugly or absurd about […]