60 Minute Brand Strategist Goes Deep Into Branding With Style

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I’ve long ago stopped paying much attention to people who throw around the word “branding” or keep harping on the meaning of “brand.” Because depending on where you work — an ad agency, a design firm, a digital marketing shop, etc. — branding and brand building means something different to you. Still, it’s illuminating to […]

Data Points Makes For Surprisingly Fun Number Crunching

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With most marketing books, their titles and subtitles make them seem way too pretentious and self-important. Which is why I had a feeling that Nathan Yau’s book Data Points: Visualization That Means Something could be refreshingly human. And I was right. Yau, a statistician and the creator of FlowingData.com, has done something I’ve rarely seen: […]

Like A Zen Master, Tom Asacker Explains The Business of Belief

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When we change our actions, we also change our beliefs. And what we believe compels further action. It is a virtuous cycle, and understanding its elemental framework can help you to connect with and motivate people. “People are drawn across the bridge of belief by their anticipation of a better experience and a better life. […]

Brutal Simplicity Of Thought Looks Good But Simply Lacks A Deep Purpose

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I have to admit, I’m a sucker for books like the one created by M&C Saatchi, “Brutal Simplicity of Thought: How It Changed The World.” Much like its title implies, this is a simple book: Elegantly written and designed, each two-page spread offers a simple visual, along with one question and a three-sentence answer. Some […]

What’s The Future Of Business? Comes With An Incomplete Answer

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When I review books here on AdPulp, I don’t talk about whether I like a book or don’t like it, or whether it’s well-written or not. I simply try to answer the question, “What would AdPulp readers learn by reading this book?” With that mind, I confess: I simply don’t know what to make of […]

Leadership Conversations Challenges Us To Move Up If We’re Ready

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What does it take to be a leader in an advertising industry or marketing firm? As I’ve noted before, many great copywriters and art directors don’t make great creative directors. It’s a different set of skills. And sometimes, for the agency or the person, this discovery is made too late — either after a promotion […]

Predictive Analytics Shows How Marketers Are Using – And Loving – Big Data

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I recently wrote about Big Data and how creative people might get left behind in the great rush to mine the data for insights into consumer behavior. In Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, author Eric Siegel takes a look at a broad spectrum of companies and organizations […]

StoryBranding Gives You A Process, Not A Magic Formula

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I’ve written recently about my skepticism of the worshippers of “brand storytelling” as the new Holy Grail of advertising. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jim Signorelli’s book StoryBranding: Creating Standout Brands Through the Power of Story.

More Thoughts On Social Media Is Bullshit

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David already covered the book, but author B.J. Mendelson specifically asked me for my thoughts. I’m happy to oblige. With a title like Social Media Is Bullshit, B.J. Mendelson created a bit of a Rorschach test with his new book. Depending on how you feel about social media, or your role in using it for […]

A Story About A Storyteller Lost In His Own Story

Finbar Dolan has made 42 commercials in his career. But no great or particularly memorable spots, nothing to win him a big award and a shot at industry-fame and fortune. Nevertheless, the protagonist of Truth In Advertising, a new novel by John Kenney, makes good money thinking up mediocre ideas for companies who make diapers […]