Hold The Presses: The Gecko Has A Book To Share

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Digital content is wonderful in many ways. It’s fast, data-rich and easy to store. But it is not tactile, and that hurts. It hurts because we are people, and we like to hold things. In fact, JWT studied our longing for content-rich physical objects and found that the more we embrace digital, the more we […]

Can Brands Dance? Sir Martin Says Yes

Music moves people. Live music moves people deeply. The experience lingers for days, weeks, sometimes for years. Naturally, brand marketers would love to gain some of this attention for their own purposes, and increasingly they’re turning to experiential marketing to deliver. Which is why it is not surprising to learn that WPP has ponied up […]

“Be Indispensable,” Make Money — Simple As That Says The Oracle of Omaha

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Paid content is one of my favorite topics, as our regular reader know. It’s a favorite topic because it’s my life. I get paid to create content (by brands, not newspapers), and I want to help my friends and colleagues get paid for their work too. That’s one reason I like media companies entering in […]

Can Journalism As A Civic Good And Native Advertising Live Side-by-Side?

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Do you recognize a so-called native ad when you see one? It’s not as easy it sounds. Back in the day we used to plaster an ADVERTORIAL sign on top of any editorial that was supplied by a marketer. But marketers today want their ads, excuse me, their content, to blend in and fit seamlessly […]

People Prompted To Drink More Pepsi, Drink More Pepsi

Indra Nooyi, chairman-CEO of PepsiCo, believes in advertising. She now has some numbers to back up her thinking. According to Ad Age, PepsiCo reported a 4% drop in full-year profits in part due to increased marketing spending. But fourth-quarter profit rose 17% as the spending kicked in. Pepsi also posted 5% organic revenue growth for […]

We’re Taking The Concept of “Brand Impressions” Much Too Lightly

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My friend Tom Asacker perked up when I wrote this the other day: “As a result of this digital vastness we now face a massive content hole, because millions of web pages are nothing without content. Yet, the content hole is actually much bigger than what we see online. And content marketing is much bigger […]

The Gecko Lands Book Deal, Readers Eagerly Await His Prose

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Digital is spacious. So spacious, we may even think of digital space as infinite. As a result of this digital vastness we now face a massive content hole, because millions of web pages are nothing without content. Yet, the content hole is actually much bigger than what we see online. And content marketing is much […]

Guns Don’t Kill People. But People With Guns Do.

The National Rifle Association makes “repugnant and cowardly” ads, but the gun lobby appears slightly more adept at brand-sponsored content. Here’s a look at a video from their “Life of Duty” series sponsored by Smith & Wesson and Brownell’s, the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories, gun parts and gunsmithing tools. “It’s freedom to be […]

Hello Advertorial, Nice To See You Again

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The Atlantic is is one the best titles on the rack. I respect The Atlantic. And I’m happy to see that they’re having success with advertorial. Too bad they insist on calling it “native advertising.” My friend and agency head, Bob Hoffman, doesn’t like the new phrase any more than I do. “Native advertising is […]