Data Smart Appeals To The Marketing Number Crunchers

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The use of data and analytics is far from perfect, but there are ways to use more information to effectively plan and track your marketing efforts. If you’re a data wonk in pursuit of answers to the above riddle, Data Smart: Using Data Science to Transform Information into Insight by John Foreman might be the […]

With Advertising Effectiveness, The Results Are Always Mixed

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An article in Ad Age this week suggests all is not well at McDonald’s. And the ads are getting the blame for a sales slump. Certainly, lackluster ads deserve scrutiny, but ad agencies are promising even more in the way of analytics to determine how effective campaigns can be. So if an agency promises results, […]

QR Codes Kill Kittens Shows You What Not To Do

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Rarely, a marketing book comes along that just makes you smile from the start. But that’s what you get with Scott Stratten’s QR Codes Kill Kittens: How to Alienate Customers, Dishearten Employees, And Drive Your Business into the Ground. Stratten teaches mostly by using examples. The book consists of 200 pages of screen shots, pics, […]

Z.E.R.O. Adds Up To New Ways To Approach Marketing

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One thing I’ve noticed over the last several years is that there are a plethora of marketing folks looking to brand their own theories and ways of looking at marketing. Add to that list Joseph Jaffe and Maarten Albarda’s Z.E.R.O.: Zero Paid Media as the New Marketing Model. I’ve appeared on The BeanCast with Joseph […]

When Did “Advertising” Become A Dirty Word?

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Are you in the content business? Or in the CRM business? Or in the brand engagement business? Congratulations. You’re in advertising. Perhaps if more advertising agencies, and advertising people, had the guts to admit what business they were in, they’d realize they have a simple purpose: working to increase sales and awareness for products and […]

Brands Need To Be More Canine, Not More Human

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Why do brands feel the need to say they’re “human”? This Ad Age article highlights the trend. I think more brands should be like dogs, not humans. Dogs simply have more qualities worth emulating. Dogs are loyal — when you feed them. Keep feeding them, pay attention to them, and they’re forever yours. Human loyalty […]

Mediacaddy Puts A Third Screen Right At The Bar

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I spent the past weekend visiting friends in Atlanta, and revisiting familiar haunts. So while taking in a little college football at a sports bar on Saturday, I saw a new (to me, at least) form of distraction: A rotating slide show screen housed in a napkin/straw dispenser, courtesy of a company called Mediacaddy. I’m […]

Coke Loses Fizz While Apple Surges

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It’s probably more of an blow to corporate egos than a real metric worth pondering, but as Adweek reports, this year’s Best Global Brands 2013 report by Interbrand places Apple on top, dropping the previous chart leader Coca-Cola to #3. The conventional not-so-much wisdom in the advertising and marketing industries for the past couple of […]

The Practical Pocket Guide To Account Planning Revisits An Established Discipline

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As a college-age intern in an ad agency, a Creative Director told me, “If I were you, I’d go into Account Planning.” He said it in the same way Dustin Hoffman was told to go into “plastics” in The Graduate. I’ve worked with a few smart planners, and even went to the 4A’s Account Planning […]

On Message Reminds Us To Stick To The Story

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The more experience I get in marketing and advertising, the more impressed I am with the sheer skill and chutzpah of political message-makers. They work on their cause or their candidate with relentless focus, and even if it’s for a short campaign season, they craft messages that stick probably better than 99% of the consumer […]