Free Advice, When Perfectly Implemented, Adds Up To Serious Cash


Give your expertise away for free on the World Wide Web, and if you are fully dedicated and incredibly talented the community will pay you back. This is commonly accepted wisdom on the Internets today. A formula, if you will. Of course this does not mean it’s a good idea to offer free advice, just […]

Postagram And Hyatt Hotels Team Up For A Consumer-Generated DM Campaign


The buzzword “consumer generated media” has gone away, as buzzwords will. But the facts remain. When brands help people do cool things, it can be a powerful approach to earning good will. According to Adweek, something as simple as a brand-provided post card (and the postage to send it) can make a difference. Through Aug. […]

The Oregonian Is A Valuable Brand Asset, But Its New York Owners Have Other Ideas


The newspaper business fascinates me. Like advertising, it’s a place for rogues. And like advertising the industry is rapidly morphing into something hardly recognizable to its senior practitioners. Change is natural, of course, but change is not always good. According to Columbia Journalism Review, “The Oregonian is about to get Newhouse’d.” The Times Picayune company […]

Email Wins Again


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?


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


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?


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


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


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 […]