Bob Bly On Shaky Ground With Bloggers

Copywriter and author, Bob Bly, wrote a piece for DM News about how blogs are little more than vanity publishing with no real future for brands. Bloggers are, of course, hacking this man’s argument to bits. See: The Copywriter Who Didn’t Get It Steve Hall’s rant or Rick Bluner’s critique. Share

It’s The Information Economy Stupid

“The single biggest explanation for fragile brands is the swelling strength of the consumer. We’ve seen a pronounced jump in the amount of information available about goods and services. It’s not just bellwethers like Consumers Union and J.D. Power, established authorities that unquestionably shape people’s buying decisions, but also the crush of magazines, Web sites, […]

Social Network Marketing Made Possible By Live Audience Technology (Or We’re Gonna Get People To Talk To Each Other For Your Benefit)

from ClickZ News A new take on the social networking phenomenon hopes to create online communities around specific brands. Outburst, a new marketing unit from digital media and tech firm POPstick, aims to leverage consumers’ natural affinity for brands and allow marketers to communicate with those fans. Agency veteran Steve Dworin has signed on as […]

Keep Your Ideas To Yourself Please, Says McDonald’s.

I understand our overly litigous society prevents a corporation like McDonald’s from accepting unsolicited ideas. I also understand how 20th century this policy is. Larry Light, my man, the copy below is a big red STOP SIGN on the McD’s web site–a site that needs to be scrapped and rebuilt on a better, more open, […]

Citizen’s Media Growing By 20,000 Sites A Day

Modern Marketing says, there is a new player in the media business. It is staffed by millions of people all round the world, creates mountains of varied content, is highly trusted by its readership, is growing exponentially and has a zero overhead. It’s called Citizen’s Media or Consumer Generated Media and is the result of […]

Wonkette Wins Again

Political blog Daliy Kos, the work of one partisan man, has been attracting some 400,000 readers a day, the size of a large daily newspaper. I’m all for it, but I wonder what Kos’s traffic will do now? On the other hand, I have no doubt that political humorist, Ana Marie Cox, will continue to […]

Is Your Brand Ready For A Blogversation?

Blogversations are a new, not evil way to market your products and services through discussions. Here’s how it works: 1) We match advertisers with bloggers 2) Advertisers propose a topic or question (not an advertorial) 3) Bloggers accept or reject the proposal 4) If they accept, bloggers discuss the topic or question, and link to […]

Hybrid Vehicles And Now A Blog…Detroit Shifts Into Passing Lane

General Motors enters the blogosphere with GM Smallblock Engine Blog. I applaud the car maker’s initiative. Share

Faux Sites Multiplying

IKEA is the latest in a string of marketers to deploy a faux web site to create buzz for their brand. Seattle agency, Wong Doody unleashed Skyhigh Airlines to make fun of high cost carriers (they have Alaska Airlines as a client); more recently Wieden + Kennedy’s NYC office teased gamers with Beta-7, a faux […]

China Says Internet Is No Game

from Wired: China has closed 1,600 internet cafes and fined operators a total of $12 million for letting children play violent games and for other violations, the government said. The announcement came amid a campaign launched in March to reduce or eliminate sex and violence in websites, video games and other material that Communist leaders […]