Shouldn’t Landing Pages Be Called Departure Pages?

I stumbled upon two killer landing pages this week. One from Jody Ferry and one from Adelle Charles. I love how minimal and how visual both introductory pages are. There’s so much to take in on the Web–it’s nice to see these professional communicators make non-taxing first impressions.

Stream With Me

My jaw is on the ground. Social media scholar, Danah Boyd, spoke at Web2.0 Expo in New York yesterday and now her talk is available in “print” on her site. Here’s one bite of that nourishing feast: Consider what it means to be “in flow” in an information landscape defined by networked media and you […]

Who Has The Digital Answer? He Does! No, She Does! No, I Do!

Ad Age asks, “Does the Industry Need Big Digital Agencies Anymore?” I don’t believe it’s a rhetorical question. Anthropologist Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.” Oh right, we’re not talking about changing the world here, we’re […]

Going Deep, Digitally

Ed Cotton likes the contrary thinking found in Jonathan Harris’ new piece, “World Building in a Crazy World”. I do too. Very much. Here’s what Cotton says about the work: Harris seems to be taking a giant knife to the current internet landscape and stabbing a hole in its heart; slamming the 140 character world […]

Data Destroyed, Tears Shed

GeoCities is no more. Yahoo! pulled the plug on Oct. 27, wiping away 7 million of Internet’s first Websites in the process. Who cares? Digital archivists care, that’s who, and maybe a few disgruntled GeoCities customers. “GeoCities was the largest self-created folk-art collection in the history of the world,” says Jason Scott, 39, leader of […]

Eyetracking Study Says Text Is Best

Many of us are busy trying to find that digital piece of gold known as a better display or banner ad. Leading this pursuit at the moment, are ads that are looking more and more like magazine ads, and in some cases TV ads. Yet, some might say that’s exactly the wrong direction. According to […]

Interactive Marketing Is Relationship Marketing

Renny Gleeson, Global Digital Strategies Director for Wieden+Kennedy, kindly offers up a series of questions he runs through when tackling a new client problem. In the midst of his queries, he makes a great point about the digital space. Traditional planning sets a goal of defining a brand’s ‘voice’, but generally it’s applied to mass […]

Are You Ready To Get Digital Right?

Jon Gibs, Vice President, Media Analytics at Nielsen is offering up a 16-page report on “Integrated Measurement in a Multi-Screen World.” Gibs asks: If the Internet has truly “arrived” and is being taken seriously, why have we not yet seen significant brand advertising dollars follow? He then follows the question with this sage piece of […]

Awareness Is The Start Of The Sales Cycle

Banner ads don’t work. Of course they do. That’s pretty much where the argument lies. Popular Web sites are chock full of paid banners, and the people who place them are in their offices crunching numbers to determine the return on investment, which is one of the more imperfect sciences. Here’s what Alan Wolk has […]

Data Might Open A Door, But It’s Going To Take More Than Data To Be Invited In

Accenture, the management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company that pays Tiger Woods to be its spokesman is now entering a relationship with Adchemy, a Silicon Valley digital marketing company. According to New York Times: Adchemy is one of several ambitious young companies trying to employ cutting-edge computing techniques — including machine learning, statistical inference […]