Groupon Knows Consumers Want A Deal, Makes It Easy For Small Business To Offer Said Deals

I finally joined purveyor of daily deals, Groupon, tonight and I was amazed to find how well it’s working for some local Portland restaurants. Wild Abandon recently sold 2861 $12 Groupons, while Elephants Delicatessen sold 7206 $7 deals. Groupon uses the power of the crowd to drive prices down and volume up–the deal doesn’t go […]

Digital Disruption: How’s It Going For You?

“The ad business is going through a change not seen in three decades.” – Judy Shapiro Judy Shapiro is a veteran marketing exec and Chief Brand Strategist at CloudLinux, a Linux-based OS for technology service providers. In her latest piece for Ad Age, she argues that we’re moving from a one:many web to a many:many […]

Curated Word-of-Mouth Used To Inspire North of the Border Vacations

One of the things I love about digital is how well it supports experiential marketing. Digital can drive you to the brand experience, welcome you at the desired destination and archive the activities for follow up at a later time. The Canadian Tourism Commission is on the right page with their interactive mural installations. They […]

Lots Of Small Business Clients Need Lots Of Help, Media Companies Are Cool With That

Media companies are increasingly turning to marketing services as a revenue source. And it seems that newspapers are well positioned to do so on a local basis, where they already have traction with the small- and medium-sized businesses that advertise in their pages. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Tribune Co. is starting a new consulting […]

Digital Semantics: One Man’s Banner Is Another Man’s Display Ad

I’m confused by this bit of news from MediaWeek: MSNBC.com will roll out a sweeping redesign that encapsulates what publisher and general manager Charlie Tillinghast called “a major rethinking of what a news site is.” At the heart of that redesign is a philosophy that Web pages needn’t be text centric, and that Web ads […]

Adding Clicks To A Classic

Through the use of immersive technology, visitors to Burberry.eu are now able to select and control the view and of the brand’s latest campaign, cast and products. “I want anyone who sees the campaign not just to see images, but to feel a part of what we have created; connecting people through technology, music, the […]

Careful With That Lead TV, The Internet Is Coming For You

Despite claims from some ad pros that online advertising doesn’t work very well, there’s no end of it in sight. In fact, online advertising has a long ways to go before it even hits its stride. Yet, presently it has enough speed to fly by newspaper advertising with nary a look back. According to The […]

Do Something Real, Take Home A Lion

Ad Age is preparing for Cannes by asking the Adverati what campaigns they expect to see awarded. Tom Eslinger, of Saatchi & Saatchi, likes Nokia’s Signpost campaign. “I really like Nokia’s World’s Biggest Signpost because it was simple and happened in the real world, making ripples through relevant media online and mobile — and was […]