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 […]

A Creator’s Guide To Transmedia Storytelling Goes Beyond The Buzzwords

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In the advertising industry these days, the phrase “transmedia storytelling” is thrown around almost as much as “content curation” by unimpressive people who don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about in an attempt to sound convincing. So it was refreshing to get a very good overview of what transmedia storytelling is, and isn’t, in […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Seattle Aquarium’s Super Duper Children’s Book

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I’ve been curious to see how Apple’s iBooks Author program can weave editorial content and more interactive components. Here’s a great example: A new iBook, available for free, called Edwin The Super Duper Otter, created for the Seattle Aquarium.There’s also an interactive PDF download if you don’t have an iPad. The book combines a simple […]

Social TV, Optimize, and Mobilized Marketing: A Triplet Of How-To Books

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I’ve got three new books sitting here that I’d like to briefly mention. Interestingly, we see a pattern emerge, at least among the titles: Social TV: How Marketers Can Reach And Engage Audiences By Connecting Television To The Web, Social Media, And Mobile by Mike Proulx and Stacey Shepatin. While this book is full of […]

Uprising Attempts To Capture Movement Marketing In A Fast-Paced World

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Back in 2008 on this blog, David wrote two separate articles, here and here, on StrawberryFrog and its founder Scott Goodson’s notion of creating “cultural movements.” I didn’t think to check the AdPulp archives until I made my way through a copy of Goodson’s new book, Uprising: How to Build A Brand And Change The […]