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

Check Out the Shoppable Video for Tinie Tempah_s _Don_t Sell Out_ | Complex

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 […]

MarCom Voices Amplified By Bob Knorpp’s Weekly Radio Show

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Do you listen to world’s best radio show about marketing? It’s an hour of cordial banter led by host of hosts, Bob Knorpp. This week’s program looks at Apple’s push into in-store push notifications; Instagram’s plan to introduce advertising; placing ads on porn sites, and more. Another Monday, another BeanCast. Always free, always great! w/ […]

BuzzFeed Is Making A Nourishing Meal From Its Giant Menu of Info Snacks

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Jonah Peretti, Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, kindly outlined his media company’s plan for the coming year. He also opted to share the memo on LinkedIn, “so future BuzzFeed employees could read it too.” His seventh main point in the plan concerns Advertising on BuzzFeed. Part of being a great business, is being a ‘must […]

Free Advice, When Perfectly Implemented, Adds Up To Serious Cash

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Give your expertise away for free on the World Wide Web, and if you are fully dedicated and incredibly talented the community will pay you back. This is commonly accepted wisdom on the Internets today. A formula, if you will. Of course this does not mean it’s a good idea to offer free advice, just […]