Someone, Somewhere Is Going To Create Beautiful And Effective Digital Advertising For The Win

Paris-based freelance writer and media consultant, Frédéric Filloux, says digital advertising sucks and the ad business is suffering from “lethal self-complacency.” In the news business, we have a rule of thumb: an electronic reader brings 15 to 20 times less in advertising revenue than a print reader does. I’ll stop short of saying this dire […]

Brands Have A Story To Tell And The Perfect Place To Tell It

According to Reuters organizations have been spending an increasing proportion of their marketing budgets on their own websites instead of on external media. Chuck Richard, lead analyst at information advisory and research firm Outsell, says companies now spend more than half their online marketing budgets on their own sites. “It’s been 50 percent or more […]

Migration To Digital Not As Tough As The Oregon Trail, But Still Tough

Last Thursday in Seattle Tracy Wong, Chairman and Executive Creative Director of WONGDOODY took note of the “Chief Storyteller” title on my Bonehook business card. It piqued his curiosity because “story” is typically owned by the traditional shop on a client’s roster, and he sees me as a digital guy. Wong wanted to know who […]

The Social Space And Small Business Are Great Dance Partners

I’ve been thinking a lot about how well suited social media marketing is for small business, for small businesses are actually social in real life. With that in mind, I took note of April’s Confidence Indicator from DiscoverCard. Some of the key findings in the report include: In 2007, 22 percent of small business owners […]

Pitch Your Wares At Your Own Risk

William Higham, founder of market research and trend consultancy The Next Big Thing, writing in Adweek presents a vision of just how radical a globally connected group of information sharers is. The more information consumers have at their fingertips, the greater their power. The Internet is a huge enabler, and increased Web access and the […]

Media Execs Adjust Their Package

According to Ad Age, the recession isn’t killing media, the internet is. That’s the trade mag’s takeaway from a new Booz & Company survey that found 57% of media execs believe that “deep-seated industry shifts,” aka the internet, are more likely the reason for the current economic “malaise” than the recession. This led me to […]

Digital Isn’t Madison Avenue’s Undoing, It’s Just The Latest And Most Blatant Challenger

From the perspective of serial entrepreneur Jeff Bussgang, a partner at Flybridge Venture Capital in Boston, traditional advertising as embodied by fictional characters in AMC’s hit show Mad Men are true relics, with little chance at ever again exuding the kind of swagger we see in Don Draper. Writing in BusinessWeek, Bussgang argues: With the […]

An Editor Focuses On His Customers And Wins

We’ve published a ton of posts here about the need for marketers to realize they’re in the media business today. Here’s one about a media company realizing that they’re in marketing. John Yemma, Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, in a guest editorial on PaidContent says: What we’re learning is that the key to building […]