When Brands Matter, People Care. Otherwise Not So Much.

According to Havas Media, the people you’re trying to reach today don’t like you and don’t want to hear from you. In fact, the agency’s new study (that took into account the views of 50,000 consumers across 14 international markets) found that most people would not care if 70% of brands ceased to exist. Hernan […]

There’s Utility In Timely and Well Placed Data

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QR Codes. What are they good for? It’s a topic in search of an answer, which Croatia’s mail service, Hrvatska Pošta, has for us. Hrvatska Pošta developed postage stamps featuring QR codes that can be used to track the mail and confirm delivery. Created by Croatian agency Bruketa & Žinić OM — which, incidentally, was […]

Brands Break Down Artificial Barriers, Because They Can

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According to The New York Times, small start-ups to giants like Google, are try creating a sense of exclusivity around their offerings by putting up a digital velvet rope. “Invitation-only services create a halo of privilege and exclusivity for those early adopters that gain access,” said Kartik Hosanagar, a professor of information management at the […]

Ads That Provide Value To Readers, Provide Value To Publishers

Brian Stelter of The New York Times looked at a new report from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. The intent of the report is to help newspapers, magazines and television stations better compete in the online marketplace. The report’s authors diagnose problems for digital media. Perhaps chief among them is that advertising […]

Dropbox Is Textbook: Great Product, Spot On Brand Identity And An Awesome Rewards Program

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Dropbox is growing like crazy–they went from 4 million to 25 million members in just over one year–because the cloud-based storage company provides exactly what people need, and they do it in a no-nonsense manner that people relate to and appreciate. According to Fast Company, Dropbox isn’t interested in demonstrating the brilliant and endless potential […]

McDonald’s Begins To Redefine “McJob” In Massive Hiring Effort

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McDonald’s is planning to hire 50,000 American workers in one day this month. “Our restaurant employees are the foundation of our business. They are the men and women who interact with our customers every day, enhance the McDonald’s experience, and continue to help make our business strong,” Jan Fields, president of McDonald’s USA, said. Fields, […]

Score One For Branded Utility

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Scott Belsky, Founder & CEO Behance, gathered his thoughts following his trip to Austin for SXSW earlier this month. Writing for OPEN Forum, Belsky says he appreciated AOL’s booth where they curated news. Score one for branded utility. Belsky (who I heard from at Big Omaha last May) also says “the future of advertising” was […]

Pepsi’s Brand Innovation Double Gainer

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PepsiCo announced Tuesday that it had “cracked the code,” inventing what it calls the world’s first plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based, fully renewable resources. Down to the molecular level, it’s a clone of today’s plastic bottles, made with the resin polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The biggest difference is that manufacturing this bottle requires the use […]

Seattle’s Best Coffee Gives People Something To Be Excited About

Creature introduces it version of Coca-Cola’s Happiness Machine for Seattle’s Best Coffee, a Starbucks brand. While it’s not a new idea, the big red fridge was definitely a surprise and delight to the Los Angelenos who encountered it, and its innards full of chilled SBC cans. Share

Orange Is Green

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment has cooked up an eco-novelty on behalf of its client, Orange, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. Orange Power Wellies, created in collaboration with renewable energy experts GotWind, use a unique power generating sole that converts heat from your feet into an electrical current. This “welectricity” can then be […]