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 […]

Seattle’s Big Ideas Belong On Big Napkins

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The world knows about Amazon and Microsoft, but the startup scene in Seattle has also gotten quite a boost from all the talent the big boys are luring to town. As part of the new Bezos Center For Innovation at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry, several of these startups have gotten a big – […]

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 […]