Site AI Aims To Bring Big Interpretation To Big Data

Automated Insights

I’ve written before about a company called Automated Insights and their “written” fantasy football recaps and other content. Now, they’re broadening their reach with the launch of Site AI, a new service that summarizes web analytics and site stats using reports written to simulate everyday language. This could mark an interesting turning point in our […]

No Need To Hide, Just Make Advertising And/Or Content Worth Showcasing


On this week’s edition of The BeanCast — the best podcast about Marketing on the air — I claim that “Native Advertising” is the dumbest term that I’ve ever heard. And it is, but even worse than the term itself is the fuzzy thinking behind it. It’s no wonder that no one even knows what […]

Ad Curmudgeons Speak Up On The BeanCast This Week


Bob Knorpp, host of TheBeanCast, invited me back on his show this week. Bob Hoffman, George Parker and Augie Ray joined me as a guest. How I got lumped in with this cast of curmudgeons I don’t know, but I’ll take what airtime I can get. Listen here: BeanCast 251 or directly in iTunes. This […]

Klout Score of 55 Or Higher? You’re An Admiral!


Social influence is one of those touchy topics that can set me, or any number of other argumentative people, off. Why? Because high school and the need to be popular, like Trix, is for kids. Or is that a faulty assumption? Do we ever really outrun the need to be popular? Think about it. Who […]

“Momma’s Gotta Shop” Is Not An Idea, It’s A Customer Insight - My Hero _30 - YouTube is a price play, and we all know how enticing low prices can be. It’s nectar to the price-conscious shopper. Even so, I find the following commercial off-putting. Take a look: Momma’s gotta shop. Really? Well sure, if the family is to be housed, clothed, fed, transported to and fro and so on, then […]

Targeting Is Futile When Our Audience Is Everyone, Everywhere


“Opinions are like assholes. Everybody’s got one.” This little truism is especially true today. We’re all critics, even when we’re consumers at the same time. So can brands narrowly target an audience anymore, or will they hear about their marketing from everyone, regardless of whether they’re the target? Case in point: The recent Mountain Dew […]

The Only Thing “TRUE” Here Is A Bad Ad From A PR Firm


It’s no secret that PR firms are looking to branch out into other realms like advertising and content creation. Nothing wrong with that at all, if they bring in the right talent who can help them compete in those areas. But this ad from PR firm FleishmanHillard is a deceptive one. It’s on the back […]