Tame Your Lion And Pencil Worshipers, Effectiveness Is The New Black


Business results. ROI. Clients love it; ergo, agencies must provide it to remain essential. Enter the Warc 100, an annual ranking of the world’s 100 best campaigns and companies, based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. The rankings are compiled based on the winners of 87 effectiveness and strategy awards from around the […]

Clear A Digital Pathway To Engagement, Brand Preference and Customer Loyalty


Scott Lindenbaum is VP, Director of Digital Planning for Deutsch NY. No doubt, Lindenbaum has a sweet position at the agency, but the title fails to suit him. He wants to be called Engagement Strategy Director. Given the planner’s understanding of Marshall McLuhan’s thinking on hot and cool media, Lindenbaum likely deserves said title change. […]

Understanding Online Behavior Is The Screw That Tightens SMM Strategies

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What business goals can social media help your company achieve? Brand exposure and increased engagement are workable goals. But what about customer service? Is this opportunity woven into your social marketing strategy? Mike Proulx, senior vice president and director of social media at Hill Holliday, says, “Far beyond a clever tweet, people want great products […]

60 Minute Brand Strategist Goes Deep Into Branding With Style


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 […]

Optimize Your Content To Support Marketing and Drive Sales


Few bloggers keep me, or anyone else, interested for long. When one does it is worth noting. Geoff Livingston writes beautifully about marketing, and content marketing in particular, which is not easy to do. Given the level of noise in the sector at the moment, I appreciate his insights and skilled delivery all the more. […]

Do You Care Enough To Overcome Consumer Indifference?

“Fail harder” is a Wieden+Kennedy maxim. But if failure isn’t your thing, you can take the following advise from Martin Weigel’s, “How to (not) Fail” deck. Weigel is Head of Planning at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, and his deck neatly illustrates “the gulf that exists between marketing’s bouts of hubris and the consumer’s reality.” I particularly enjoy […]

Sustainable To The Core

Patagonia_s Common Threads Initative to Reduce Our Environmental Footprint

Patagonia is an amazing company. Their founder is a great climber and outdoorsman, their products are awesome and the brand is one that lives its values on its fleece sleeve. So, it’s not all that surprising that the company is now asking its customers to buy only what they need, repair what breaks and recycle […]

This Post Is Not Brought To You By Bing, But It Could Be

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Creativity editor, Teressa Iezzi, finishes her book, The Idea Writers, with commentary from Lee Clow and Jeff Goodby. Goodby’s the writer of the two, but Clow is Clow. On the topic of brand planning, for instance, Clow shows how he’s Clow: We have got to reinvent the intellect of our business. The intellect of our […]

10 Not So Litte Things To Help Turn Your Agency Around

As a help to brand planners everywhere, Gareth Kay, Director of Brand Strategy at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, has offered up 10 “little ideas” on his blog. Here they are: #10 – be interesting, not right #9 – get obsessed by games #8 – be a magazine editor #7 – break the tyranny of the […]