The Insanity Of Advertising Tells War Stories From A New Angle

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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 […]