Seducing Strangers Reveals Some Of Advertising’s Open Secrets

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I’ll admit I’d never heard of Josh Weltman, but boy does he bury the lede with his new book Seducing Strangers: How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling. Because Josh Weltman is an LA-based veteran creative director who’s also a co-producer of Mad Men, and underneath the subtitle of the book is the […]

Fizz Lays Out The Word Of Mouth Marketing Strategy Basics

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If there’s one thing marketers love, it’s getting other people to do their jobs for them. That’s been the tempting lure of Word of Mouth Marketing (WOMM) for years, particularly with the rise of social media. But like all other marketing initiatives, it requires strategic thinking, planning, and discipline. Ted Wright lays out the principles […]

Agency Lays It Out Completely For Those Starting Shops

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I’ve met many agency CEOs and founders in my time. And if there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s that none of them know what they’re doing. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s simply that every agency is different and its principals always bring different skills the mix. There’s no […]

Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Bible Remains An Invaluable Resource

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Let’s face it, few people who work in marketing or advertising want to admit they’re salespeople. But we all are, to a degree: We’re selling ourselves, our talents, our ideas, and our value all the time. So can a book like Jeffrey Gitomer’s Sales Bible help people in advertising and marketing? Of course it can. […]

Tough Man, Tender Chicken Looks At An Iconic Spokesman And Memorable Brand

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These days, seeing a CEO appear in their company’s ads is quite common. But back in the 70’s, it was rare. So when NYC ad agency Scali McCabe Sloves convinced chicken processor Frank Perdue to star in his own ads, he was reluctant. But it turned him and his brand into a household name. That, […]

Taking Down Goliath Is Digital 101 For The Davids Of Business

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If there’s one true thing you say about digital marketing, it’s that any business, no matter how small, has a chance to use it to expand awareness and sales. But too many small businesses simply don’t have the time or resources to do digital properly. The simple lessons needed to ramp up digital marketing are […]

New Books: Hooked and Targeted

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In Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, Nir Eyal lays out a four-step process called the Hook Model for creating the types of products and services that keep people coming back for more. Although many of the examples he uses are online-oriented (Yelp, Twitter, The Bible App), there are plenty of lessons here for folks […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Rational Interaction Grows With Substance

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I’ve spent a lot of time in small and mid-sized agencies that don’t seem to grow. I’m not sure whether that’s because of a lack of a management ambition, lackluster work, or a stale business model. So I was intrigued to visit Seattle’s Rational Interaction, which has grown from 5 employees to 70 in less […]