Let’s Stop The Mass Use Of Artisanal Language In Advertising

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When I was first learning to be a copywriter, I was told that powerful advertising writing exists in the verbs. Not the adjectives. Many advertisers don’t understand that. Real estate clients are quite guilty of this. And restaurants. But this is quite a doozy: Hey @McDonalds–I don't think "artisan" means what you think it means. […]

Power Branding and Unconscious Branding Provide Two Great Viewpoints

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Two books – one new, one newly in paperback – provide equally valuable looks at branding from two very different perspectives. I’ve always liked Steve McKee’s columns on BloombergBusinessweek.com, and he’s taken the best of them (I like that idea too!) and weaved them into Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the World’s Great Brands. […]

Legal Marijuana Businesses Need Sophisticated Marketers

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It’s quite an experience to be living in Seattle, where marijuana has been legalized for recreational purposes. However, retail shops aren’t open yet, and communities and the State of Washington are still passing other laws to cope with the realities of this new business. And there’s also one thing missing right now: Marketing and advertising […]

Remembering Tom McElligott And A Classic Style Of Advertising

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Over at his Stuff From The Loft blog, Dave Dye asks, “Hands up Who’s Heard of Tom McElligott?” I’ll bet 97% of today’s advertising students and people with less than 10 years of experience in the business haven’t. Tom McElligott was one of the driving forces behind Fallon McElligott Rice (now just Fallon) and a […]

Can Marketers Ever Publicly Embrace Privacy?

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I always feel like I’m straddling both sides of the marketing equation. Because I’m a consumer, too, and often things hit me like a consumer, not an advertising copywriter. The increasing ability of marketers to collect reams of information is particularly concerning to me. Not because they can, but because they simply don’t know what […]

CES, Yahoo, NYT, B2B And More On The BeanCast

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It’s always a fun time to participate on The BeanCast as I did last night. We discussed Yahoo Advertising, CES, New York Times native ads, B2B social marketing, Amazon’s car-in-a-box delivery and my hopes for a Seahawks Super Bowl appearance. Hopefully I’m not babbling too fast for you to enjoy. Also on the panel were […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Stoltz Marketing Group Gets A Creative Boost

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Having worked in some smaller ad markets, it’s always great to see agencies in those markets lure top talent. And here in the Northwest, while Seattle and Portland often get the glory, the Boise ad scene is growing steadily as well. Stoltz Marketing Group is starting off 2014 with a new Creative Director, Ward Duft. […]

Why The Marketing Pie Is Becoming Mush

I didn’t make any industry predictions for 2014. But one thing is certain to happen: More and more advertising and marketing firms will continue to grab any business they can. Whether they’re competent in a certain type of work or not. If you’re hiring any kind of marketing firm, it’s always good to look at […]

A Little Less Conversation Might Actually Be On Brand

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Does anyone really care what a canned pasta brand thinks about world events? Some brands have made real-time marketing and social media an opportunity to comment on relevant political events, social issues and world topics. But many are just filling an ever-widening content pipeline with noise. What’s fueled all this is technology: The need to […]

The Insanity Of Advertising Tells War Stories From A New Angle

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I’ve read a lot of memoirs written by ad folks. “Mad Men” has inspired a whole slew of folks to tell it like it was. But there are two good reasons to recommend Fred Goldberg’s The Insanity of Advertising: Memoirs of A Mad Man. First, because Fred’s an account guy. And he’s not, thankfully, writing […]