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 […]

Likeable Business Reads Like A “Greatest Hits” For Marketers Seeking Fans

I’ve come across dozens of books that emphasize the popular wisdom regarding building customer relationships, providing excellent service, creating memorable customer experiences, and using social media to connect with people. But if you need a quick overview of the whole shebang, you’d do well to get Dave Kerpen’s new book, Likeable Business: Why Today’s Consumers […]

Social Marketology Offers Some Insight Underneath The Buzzword Bingo

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I’ve read a lot of books about social media marketing over the past few years. And, much like social media itself, I’ve seen the good, bad, and ugly reflected in the writing and presentation of these books. I think we get a little of all three in Ric Dragon’s Social Marketology: Improve Your Social Media […]

The AdPulp Interview: Steve Harrison, Howard Gossage’s Biographer

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When The Book of Gossage was first released in the mid-90’s, I was a student in ad school. I’d never heard of Howard Gossage or seen his work, but his philosophy about advertising and his work clearly had an influence on many ad professionals. Still, he remained a bit of an enigma, a sort-of cult […]