Site AI Aims To Bring Big Interpretation To Big Data

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I’ve written before about a company called Automated Insights and their “written” fantasy football recaps and other content. Now, they’re broadening their reach with the launch of Site AI, a new service that summarizes web analytics and site stats using reports written to simulate everyday language. This could mark an interesting turning point in our […]

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 […]

Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses Yearning To Make A Mark In Advertising

I like being a copywriter, but lately I feel like it is a bit of a lost art. An afterthought. Something the client supplies, or God forbid, the design team. This is not a positive development for copywriters, nor is it for clients and their customers who will ultimately judge the work (harshly by ignoring […]

A Story About A Storyteller Lost In His Own Story

Finbar Dolan has made 42 commercials in his career. But no great or particularly memorable spots, nothing to win him a big award and a shot at industry-fame and fortune. Nevertheless, the protagonist of Truth In Advertising, a new novel by John Kenney, makes good money thinking up mediocre ideas for companies who make diapers […]

Automated Writing Will Either Replace Us Or Push Us To Do Better

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I hadn’t noticed it until now, but each week, my Fantasy Football team gets a nice matchup recap. Like this one: I have to admit, it’s very cool. And creepy at the same time. A company called Automated Insights teamed up with Yahoo! this year to do this for each Fantasy Football game. That’s millions […]

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 […]

Do You Love Making Print Ads? This Contest Is For You

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“Print is dead” is one more bullshit line that people with digits dancing in their heads like to spout. To advance the cause of print advertising, USA TODAY is conducting a new print ad competition. The winner gets one million dollars in free advertising pages (for their client) in the national newspaper. Apparently, the contest […]

The Language of Pinterest Is Sign Language, Which You Can Strengthen With Real Time Copy

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For me, Pinterest is one of those sites that I can’t stop making fun of. I mean, since when are mood boards a mass movement? I guess “Express Yourself!” really is back. Of course, I wouldn’t feel the need to have a Pinterest page myself, or know much about the site except for the fact […]