Vonage Uses Crazy Street Person To Advance The Cause of Generosity

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Vonage isn’t your father’s mobile phone carrier. To prove it, the brand has enlisted a new Chief Generosity Officer, and taken a page from Geico’s caveman in the process. This is JWT’s first work for the brand. What do you think? Will the above philosopher of the people help educate mobile phone users about the […]

Do You Work In A “Relatively Frivolous” Industry?


David Gianatasio of Adweek explores the rare art of moving from an agency leadership role to CEO on the client side. Ironically, agency executives tend to suffer from, of all things, ‘a branding problem,’ according to RenĂ©e Richardson Gosline, assistant marketing professor at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. She says recruiters and corporate boards have […]

Quiet Doesn’t Always Work In Ad Agencies


Most of you reading this don’t know me, but I’m quite an introvert. Long ago, an art director partner of mine said once, “You don’t talk much…but you’re thinking.” Which is true. I’m the quiet one in meetings, which is often perceived as being distant and uncaring. And I’m sure my career has suffered because […]

Sports Leagues Find Paying Viewers On YouTube

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People love sports and will pay good money to watch sports on TV, at a pay-per-view event, on their iPad or mobile handset and so on. Hence, this craptastic TV ad from DISH: Time shifting is about consumer empowerment, so I am all for it. But “the Hoppah”? What are we, a nation of bunnies? […]

A Native Smokin’ BeanCast


I appeared on Bob Knorpp’s always-entertaining Beancast earlier tonight, along with Mitch Joel and Greg March. We discussed a lot of things, including this controversial Cheerios spot: Also on the agenda was Google’s native advertising push, the return of Camel cigarette ads to magazines, and Gary Vaynerchuck’s new content person. Give it a listen! Episode […]

Google’s PRISM-Driven Doublespeak Needlessly Misleading


Some things are still scared, but your privacy on corporate-owned communications networks is not, and never has been. This fact of digital life has been evident for years, but the recent revelation that the National Security Agency is working closely with leading tech companies, makes it crystal clear–anything you write, say, record, transfer etc. is […]

@GaryVee Delegates Amplifies His Social Media Voice Via A “Content Person”


Gary Vaynerchuk became a video star and disruptive force in the wine industry care of his success with Wine Library TV. But he gave that up and has been busy building his social media marketing agency Vayner Media–taking it from 30 to 250 “young people.” Doing so has meant the continual emptying (and refilling) of […]

Optimize Your Content To Support Marketing and Drive Sales


Few bloggers keep me, or anyone else, interested for long. When one does it is worth noting. Geoff Livingston writes beautifully about marketing, and content marketing in particular, which is not easy to do. Given the level of noise in the sector at the moment, I appreciate his insights and skilled delivery all the more. […]