Email Wins Again

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In a world where relationship marketing is the be all and end all, email wins again. A new study conducted by Lyris and recapped by Marketing Profs, lays out the argument for email (click for infographic). I’m surprised to see email rank higher than personal referrals. What does that say about the state of our […]

Are Digital Services The New Ideal?

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We all know what a mess digital advertising is. There are privacy concerns, ad blockers and quacks in every direction offering their innovative new solutions that are far from it. The good news is brands can play effectively in the people’s sandbox — provided they learn to play a different game, a game with new […]

Digital Agency Model Struck By Lightning

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PORTLAND—Agencies with digital capabilities are a dime a dozen today. On the other hand, an agency with digital DNA that also creates compelling retail experiences, new products/companies and traditional advertising, is rare indeed. Ergo, I feel like I may be in the presence of an albino gorilla here at Struck’s Old Town offices. John Gross, […]

Have You Stoked Your Frictionless Data Feeds Today?

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Just when we wrap our collective heads around the concept of real-time marketing, along comes on-demand marketing to steal some of real-time’s thunder. According to Peter Dahlström and David Edelman of McKinsey, “the coming era of ‘on-demand’ marketing” will revolve around four key areas: Now: Consumers will want to interact anywhere at any time. Can […]

Marketers Are Brand Architects And Building Brands Takes More Than Math

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Fact: When it comes to marketing spending, analog still outstrips digital by a factor of three to one. Jake Sorofman, an analyst with Gartner, supplied the cold hard fact above in a Harvard Business Review article. It’s the kind of fact that my friend Bob Hoffman likes, and likes to use to convince CMOs and […]

Push Gets Pushy, Talks Smack About Pull

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Direct marketers get little respect from brand marketers, which is a shame. Everyone has something to give! Now, I see that social media marketers get little respect from direct marketers, which is also a shame. Where’s the love? Direct marketing pro, Debra Ellis, writing in Target Marketing opens her can of whoop ass with a […]

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

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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 […]

Mr. Wolfdog Not A Descendant of White Fang (Or Man on a Horse)

Dog videos are really freaking popular online, but not as popular as cat videos. Which is good, because the new marketing guru at Old Spice isn’t a cat, he’s a Wolfdog. If he was a Tigercat, that would be too obvious, pandering even. But a Wolfdog, a Wolfdog has legs. Oh, and like ETrade’s talking […]

Hey Ad Man, What Business Are You In? #Rhetorical

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I don’t know if ad grunts are any more likely to complain about work than any other profession, but I do know we find plenty to complain about: unreasonable timelines and budgets, long hours, okay pay, testy clients and account directors, unnecessary attitudes from the creative department, mindless focus on the minutia, and so on. […]

Clean Is The New Black

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Here is some exceptionally good news. According to Digiday, The Banner Industrial Complex Under Threat. “From a publisher’s standpoint, there really is no choice but to go this way,” said David Payne, Gannett’s chief digital officer, of the move away from the banner. “I think we’ve all proven over the last 12 years that the […]