Thinking Beyond The :30. TED’s Ads Worth Spreading 2012

For those with more than thirty seconds to spare, the TED Conference has announced the winners of this year’s Ads Worth Spreading, their annual salute to the best in online video storytelling. Entries were solicited via YouTube.com and ranged from 30-second spots to 5-minute mini-documentaries, as well as several custom-made TEDTalk-like pieces humanizing companies and […]

Not Your Father’s CMO

Today’s CMOs are more than marketers, they’re “Marketing’s CEOs.” That’s according to CMG Partners and their 4th Annual CMO’s Agenda, a study of the latest trends and issues facing CMOs today. Based on interviews with 30 CMOs at U.S. companies, the study identified five trends affecting Chief Marketing Officers, including a reported increase in influence […]

One Badass Product Positioning

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In the world of rock guitar, you can never have too many effects pedals. Especially distortion pedals. Guitar players talk about distortion the way wine drinkers talk about wine. One pedal has “a brittle edge with a sweet undertone.” Another features “boosted mids and a smooth top-end.” One pedal pairs well with a vintage tube […]

Jean Paul Gaultier Proves Thinking Is Always In Fashion

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Holidays are always a good time to relax and recharge, and if you can do something that inspires you during your time off, so much the better. That’s exactly what happened this year after I gave my wife a Christmas gift of tickets to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. […]

Common Sense in Advertising? It’s a Christmas Miracle!

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When did simple become so difficult? The short answer: who knows? The long answer, of course, is that it’s probably always been that way. Marketing milquetoasts have always been with us, and they always will be. Research-addicted clients have always had agency-side enablers eager to take their money in exchange for the next fix. MBAs […]

Street Level, On A Global Scale

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London-based music production and research house Aurotone launches a unique offering today with its Aurotone Network—a collection of influential musicians and music professionals in 30 cities around the world who are available to advise on music trends and help research music for specific projects. According to Aurotone “They include new music editors of print publications […]

The Only Difference Between Famous Creatives And You Is That More Of Their Best Ideas Have Been Produced

Let’s face it: fame (for lack of a better word) is important in advertising. From the people to the work itself, it’s good to be known, to be noticed. It can happen at any time, even overnight. Fame is part of what makes advertising glamorous and cool. And if you can acquire a small bit […]

FIFA, American Style

To say the rest of the world loves soccer is an understatement. Americans, not so much. Nothing new there. Video game soccer, however, is a slightly different story, as the success of EA Sports FIFA series will attest. (Insert your own joke about Americans preferring artificial things to real ones here.) But hey, if you […]