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 […]

Can Analog Thinking Shake Up Our Digital World?

If you’re a rock fan, I highly recommend you check out “Sound City,” a new documentary about a legendary LA recording studio that was all analog. No one denies the power of our new digital tools to make great music, but in the movie we hear musicians lament the brilliant imperfections of old-school recording methods. […]

Guest Post: The Utility In QR Codes Misunderstood and Undervalued

This is a second guest post from Peter Levitan, a Baby Boomer with a new book out about Baby Boomers offing themselves before they go broke. Agencies and their clients are slow on the uptake when it comes to fully valuing all that technology can deliver, namely a better customer experience. That’s the rap. But […]

To Cook A Pizza, You Need An Oven

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Deutsch LA is “conceiving and developing digital products at an affordable cost” under its newly hatched Invenionist label. According to Adweek, Winston Binch, the agency’s chief digital officer, says, “We think great advertising can do a whole lot for a brand, but remarkable products are the best ads.” “Sometimes we feel like the best way […]