Powers Of Two Examines The Best Creative Teams

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Of all the mistakes I’ve made in my advertising career, perhaps the biggest ones were not staying partners with two art directors with whom I had a great working relationship. One left an agency I was working at, the other I left behind for another agency. Because, as I’ve learned the hard way, a great […]

Brandjack Chronicles The Brouhahas Of Marketing

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Nearly every marketing book I review for AdPulp contains a handful of case studies or brand examples. But they have nothing on the sheer quantity of case studies and “learnings” to be found in Brandjack: How Your Reputation Is At Risk From Brand Pirates and What To Do About it by Quentin Langley. “Dell Hell” […]

Storyscaping Offers Good Advice Wrapped In Self-Promotion and Buzzword Bingo

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It really has become quite the phenomenon for ad agencies to roll up their trademarked processes and new business presentations in full-length books. We get a strong whiff of that in Storyscaping: Stop Creating Ads, Start Creating Worlds by Gaston Legorburu and Darren McColl of SapientNitro. At its core, Storyscaping is essentially an exhortation we’ve […]

Mobile Magic Reveals Some Not-So-Secret But Valuable Information

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I can’t say that I’ve ever associated “Saatchi & Saatchi” with “mobile,” but as we’ve seen before, it’s an agency that’s quite fond of dropping books as self-promotional pieces. This time around, we get a little more useful information in Mobile Magic: The Saatchi & Saatchi Guide to Mobile Marketing by Tom Eslinger. Now, keep […]

Power Branding and Unconscious Branding Provide Two Great Viewpoints

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Two books – one new, one newly in paperback – provide equally valuable looks at branding from two very different perspectives. I’ve always liked Steve McKee’s columns on BloombergBusinessweek.com, and he’s taken the best of them (I like that idea too!) and weaved them into Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the World’s Great Brands. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Practical Pocket Guide To Account Planning Revisits An Established Discipline

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As a college-age intern in an ad agency, a Creative Director told me, “If I were you, I’d go into Account Planning.” He said it in the same way Dustin Hoffman was told to go into “plastics” in The Graduate. I’ve worked with a few smart planners, and even went to the 4A’s Account Planning […]