Google’s PRISM-Driven Doublespeak Needlessly Misleading


Some things are still scared, but your privacy on corporate-owned communications networks is not, and never has been. This fact of digital life has been evident for years, but the recent revelation that the National Security Agency is working closely with leading tech companies, makes it crystal clear–anything you write, say, record, transfer etc. is […]

Data Points Makes For Surprisingly Fun Number Crunching


With most marketing books, their titles and subtitles make them seem way too pretentious and self-important. Which is why I had a feeling that Nathan Yau’s book Data Points: Visualization That Means Something could be refreshingly human. And I was right. Yau, a statistician and the creator of, has done something I’ve rarely seen: […]

Site AI Aims To Bring Big Interpretation To Big Data

Automated Insights

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 […]

Create Compelling Mobile Experiences, Or Facebook Falls Apart

Facebook Home

Remember when the call was put out to accelerate our processes and get up to Internet speed? I think we’ve done it, because today a huge company can emerge from a dorm room to become a major Silicon Valley-based player in just a handful of years. Said company–Facebook–can then go public (after which its officers […]

Twitter’s Real-Time Data Is Money


Twitter is finding its rhythm, a.k.a. business model. Teressa Iezzi reports that the Tweet factory just inked a multiyear agreement worth hundreds of millions of dollars with Publicis-owned media giant Starcom MediaVest Group. What does Starcom want with Twitter? Sweet data, baby! So my TV remote is broken- which pretty much cancels my evening plans […]

Do Digital Right: Create “An Increased Likelihood To Buy”


Is digital a direct marketing medium or a brand building medium, or both? It’s a question that will continue to be asked by befuddled clients and their agency helpers alike. Personally, I think digital is a radical transparency machine that challenges brands to become better at marketing, product development and community relations. But back to […]

World’s Biggest Bookstore Dips Toe Into Serial Entertainment

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Is Jeff Bezos the new Aaron Spelling? No, but Amazon Studios, the original content arm of Bezos’ company, is offering up a lot of episodic content today — 14 new pilots to be exact. Six of the 14 pilots from are aimed at kids. The other eight are Adult Comedies. Alpha House is a political […]

Content Overload Warning: Don’t Make Me Read This


Remember a few years ago when Guerilla was a big deal? Then Buzz and Word-of-Mouth were all the rage. Then Social Media. Now, it’s Content’s day in the sun. Problem is, the sun is a blistering force that withers all memes and movements alike. There’s enough content. Please stop. — Reeder (@thatreeder) April 9, 2013 […]

Protect Yourself from Industry Hype – Search Is What People Use When They Intend To Buy


This is the hype machine and the the hype machine is deafening. Chugga, Chugga, Chugga the hype machine goes. That’s the sound of spinning yarns into memes and trends. Social media is the new this. Content is the new that. And so on. Which is why I find this cold glass of water (or is […]

Predictive Analytics Shows How Marketers Are Using – And Loving – Big Data


I recently wrote about Big Data and how creative people might get left behind in the great rush to mine the data for insights into consumer behavior. In Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, author Eric Siegel takes a look at a broad spectrum of companies and organizations […]