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


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 No, that meme is incomplete and out of date.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


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


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 […]

Twitter’s Real-Time Data Is Money


Twitter is finding its rhythm, a.k.a. business model. Teressa Iezzi reports that the Tweet factory just inked a multiyear agreement worth hundreds of millions of dollars with Publicis-owned media giant Starcom MediaVest Group. What does Starcom want with Twitter? Sweet data, baby! So my TV remote is broken- which pretty much cancels my evening plans […]

Boston Suspects Caught, Media Still Searching For Clues


Last week’s events in Boston were horrific, and while the criminals are now dead and caught, our nerves are frayed. People are upset and frightened. People want answers and justice. Naturally, the media — traditional and social — is at the center of this storm. When I did watch CNN last week, it was a […]

It’s Earth Day. Do Consumers Really Care about “Green” Products?

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Since I moved to Seattle, I’ve become much more aware of environmental issues and groups that draw attention to them. But where I came from, it’s another story. We’ve seen many attempts in recent years by marketers to capitalize on a growing awareness by consumers of environmental issues. Today’s New York Times reports on the […]

Do Digital Right: Create “An Increased Likelihood To Buy”


Is digital a direct marketing medium or a brand building medium, or both? It’s a question that will continue to be asked by befuddled clients and their agency helpers alike. Personally, I think digital is a radical transparency machine that challenges brands to become better at marketing, product development and community relations. But back to […]