Daily Candy No Longer Sweet

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You can’t read a media brand by its cover. For instance, Daily Candy looks like an incredibly healthy site. But its owner, NBC Universal, is not pleased with the numbers. So displeased are the suits that they decided to pull the plug on Daily Candy and Television Without Pity. According to Variety, Comcast bought DailyCandy […]

Time Has Come Today

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After nine years and two months on the ad blogging mound, it is time to hang up my cleats. If you’ve become hopelessly addicted to AdPulp content over the years, please forgive me. In all seriousness though, thanks for helping to make this one hell of a ride. The daily writing practice has been great […]

Find Your Inner Producer — Make Great Things Happen

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Ideas are a dime a dozen. Talented people have great ideas all the time. It’s the ability to act on the ideas and turn them into tangible works of art and/or commerce that separates the pros from the All Pros. This is one reason the meme “Every company is a media company” makes sense. Media […]

Brand Publishing Is The New New Content Marketing

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New York City, sometimes I wonder why I am so far away from you. I am invited to countless industry events in Manhattan, and have been for years, but AdPulp’s travel budget is exactly zero. So, I do appreciate BtoB and Online Media Daily sending reporters to the Rise of Brand Journalism conference at Forbes […]

Rapper Does Magic Trick, Turns Old Man Pants Into Something Sexier

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Dockers Alpha Khaki line is for young bucks with style, which helps explain this click-to-buy video featuring British hip-hop artist Tinie Tempah wearing Dockers. The fact that this content-meets-celebrity-endorsement is underscored by a song called “Don’t Sell Out,” now that I can’t explain. “We wanted to blend art, content and commerce to create a video […]

Burt’s Bees Hawking Its Wares on the Corner of Instagram and Vine

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Burt’s Bees and its agency Baldwin & are having fun with Instagram and Vine (as it should be). The company is using stop-motion animation to create uber-abbreviated versions of classic novels. In Little Women, for example, one Civil War-era lip balm woman says to another, “We really are quite little.” “And each of us women,” […]

Ad Blogs Are Anachronisms. Long Live Ad Blogs.

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It was nearly nine years ago that Shawn and I said what the hell, let’s give this ad blog thing a run for the money. We’ve learned a lot about the industry, ourselves and about building a micro-media brand along the way, and we continue to marvel at the accelerated pace of change in marketing […]

Brand Babble Is Social Media Pollution

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We need to develop a pH test for brand content in social streams. Short of this chemistry set solution, we can listen to Mike Proulx, senior vice president and director of social media at Hill Holliday. Here are some nuggets from his Ad Age spotlight on the preponderance of brand babble in social channels. Today […]

Content’s Role In Social Selling And Social Influence

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Social selling is the focus of my new feature for The Content Strategist. I describe social selling in the article as the practice of leveraging social networks to enhance lead generation and boost conversions. The point of the piece is to help determine content’s role in the sales process. We already know how content is […]

Levi’s Art Happenings Go Station To Station

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Hello Barstow. This hardscrabble town in the California desert is home to Levi’s new art project on rails, for the day. Following Barstow, it’s on to LA and and then San Francisco, which will wrap up an epic cross-country journey. According to Levi’s, Station to Station connects leading figures and underground creators from the worlds […]