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Brand Against The Machine Shows You How To Get Control Again


I’m not quite sure what it means when you call yourself “The Chuck Norris of Branding,” as John Morgan does. But if you’re looking for a dose of marketing knowledge laced with a bit of aggression, you’ll find it in his book, Brand Against the Machine: How to Build Your Brand, Cut Through the Marketing […]

It’s A Book. It’s An App. It’s Do or Die And It’s Innovative.


It took me nearly a year to finally get my book ready to publish on Amazon, so it was interesting to hear the backstory behind Do or Die, the new app/e-book/something by Clark Kokich, the Chairman of Razorfish. Co-written with Larry Asher of Worker Bees, Do or Die looks at the way advertising and marketing […]

Hopefully The End Of Business As Usual Won’t Have The Usual Readers


I always get a little suspicious when I hear someone proclaim “The End Of…” something related to marketing. See here. And there’s nothing subtle about the title of Brian Solis’ new book, The End of Business As Usual: Rewire the Way You Work To Succeed In the Consumer Revolution. While other folks do a better […]

Choose a Media Diet That’s Full of Both Nutrition and Junk


Like a lot of people, I easily get sucked into the vortex of media consumption that is so readily available on the web. But am I helping myself? What’s the proper media diet for an advertising professional? Don’t forget: advertising relies on knowledge of lowbrow culture just as much as anything that’s considered classic literature […]

Madboy Could Be The Last Big Advertising Memoir. We’ll See.

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If you’re a student of advertising history, then you know that at one time (in the late 80’s and early 90’s) Richard Kirshenbaum was a bit of an enfant terrible in the industry. His story, and that of his agency Kirshenbaum & Bond, is recounted in Madboy: My Journey From Adboy to Adman. This is […]

A BeanCast, And A Book

A couple of items of self-promotion, if you’ll allow me the privilege. First, I had the great opportunity to make a repeat appearance on this week’s BeanCast, which also featured: Steve Hall of AdRants, Kristi Faulkner of NYC’s Womenkind, Jim Hopkinson of The Hopkinson Report, and of course, show host Bob Knorpp. We got into […]

How To Make Money With Social Media Offers More Than Just “Send Me $5 Now”


For the title of their new book, Jamie Turner and Reshma Shah didn’t go to Cleversville. They went straight for the gut with How to Make Money with Social Media: An Insider’s Guide on Using New and Emerging Media to Grow Your Business. The title is a little misleading; you’re not going to get a […]

New Books, Like New Films, Get The Trailer Treatment

I’m doing some research on book trailers for a new business pitch. The trailers I’m finding range in style and production budgets, but overall I’m impressed with the efforts being made to move text-based products. Here’s a new one promoting Simon Mainwaring’s new book, We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build […]

Travels With Harry Hurt And The Products He Prefers


Books were once sacrosanct. Now they’re full of display ads and product placement. According to The Wall Street Journal, Harry Hurt III, has written Harry Hits the Road: Adventures in Love, Labor, and Modern Manhood, an account of his cross-country road partially funded by corporate sponsors. “Our economy is down and the traditional book publishing […]