Coke Invests In Global Media Platform, Makes Its Own Media On The Side

Every company is a media company, Coke more so than others. According to The New York Times, Coca-Cola is now an investor in Spotify, to the tune of $10 million. Why would a beverage company join Fidelity Investments and Goldman Sachs in this latest round of funding for a streaming media company struggling to turn […]

To Remain Or Become Relevant, Create Better Brand Experiences

Rob Schwartz of TBWA has seen the future of advertising and it is deeply interactive and personal. From his report in Forbes: The Tomorrow Awards were chock-a-block full of good Social ideas. One that impressed me was the Nike Social Response Lab. The Response Lab was a grand community conversation on social media featuring a […]

New Breed of Online Pubs Desperately Seeking Heady Prose Stylists

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Sarah Lacy, founder and editor-in-chief of PandoDaily, suggests that long-form journalism is back in vogue. She also suggest there’s a supply problem, and that companies like BuzzFeed and Tumblr — both of which recently announced new long-form content initiatives — may have trouble finding writers with the skills and background necessary to produce New Yorker-quality […]

Nail Biters of the World Unite Around Real Life Space Drama

Austrian daredevil, Felix Baumgartner, successfully jumped from a balloon hovering 128,000 feet above Roswell, New Mexico today. After cartwheeling through the stratosphere for a time, Baumgartner gained control of his trajectory and proceeded to make a safe landing. The nail-biting event aired on live 40 television networks in 50 countries and the live feed was […]

J&J Continues To Meet Its Customers At Common Points of Interest

There are 2,000 people, many from prominent client organizations, currently gathered in Orlando for the 2012 Association of National Advertisers’ Masters of Marketing conference. One client-side marketer of note, Kimberly Kadlec of Johnson & Johnson, said from the stage today, “We are responsible to connect with people in ways that are instructive and not disruptive.” […]

Find Your Way To Tolerance And Other Wonderful Places

Today, we must ask ourselves what is the difference between content and a commercial? Some say that content is everything, thus the innards or makings of a commercial. Though technically that is true, I don’t define content that way. In a marketing context, content is the long-form narrative thread that customers connect with because it […]

Look Ma, We’re On TV

When I worked for BFG Communications, we put hundreds of bands on stage for Camel every year, and it was my job to extend the event marketing opportunity to the web via content capture from the events. We had tons of ideas on how to grow this integrated/relationship marketing loop, and do more for the […]

From Client Service To Serving Readers What They Want

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I don’t pay much attention to personnel moves in the communications industry, despite the number of press releases I receive on the subject. Of course, if I know the person moving jobs then I am interested. And when the move is from ad agency leadership to CEO of a well known media company, then there’s […]

Use The Knowledge In Your Brand To Empower Your Prospects and Customers

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Content marketing, I’m sad to say, is fast becoming the new social media. In other words, what has always been a fundamental part of the marketing mix, is now a cliché falling from brand manager’s lips at an unspeakable rate. And this means noise — lots and lots of noise. As with advertising, the trick […]

Do You Point, Shoot And Edit On The Fly?

Content marketing, and online video in particular, is the well we return to again and again. Because it’s an exciting new opportunity for brands, and for the storytellers they hire to weave their brand-sponsored narratives. Increasingly, brands are bypassing the agency option altogether, and going directly to production companies or media companies for content solutions. […]