Portland’s Direct Response Agencies Are In The Money

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Portland is known the ad world over for Wieden+Kennedy and Nike. But there is another Portland lurking beneath the Swoosh. It’s mostly a tangled world of small shops fighting for table scraps and relevance beyond Oregon. Mostly, I say, because there’s yet another unheralded Portland agency world that is thriving. Three of Portland’s five largest […]

Data Informs Strategy And Creative (Don’t Fight It)

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The bean counters truly are in charge of OgilvyAmp, the new WPP unit dedicated to data-driven decision-making. Todd Cullen, who joined Ogilvy & Mather last year in the new post of global chief data officer, will lead OgilvyAmp. He said the goal is “using data to inspire creative work or creative thinking.” According to The […]

Wherever Your Journey To Extraordinary Takes You, Holiday Inn Is There

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Holiday Inn’s new all-digital campaign, “Journey to Extraordinary,” seeks to tell captivating stories that bring the customer journey into focus. Before you say, “Oh great, another customer testimonial,” consider that customers prefer to hear from one another, and that the brand’s job in “building community” today is all about enabling these interactions. Okay, let’s meet […]

Fresh, Tempting Sunbeam — The Bread You Need For Energy

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Advertising is alive. As such, the industry evolves, sometimes as dizzying speeds. If you doubt me, please take a look at the following exhibit, a series of Sunbeam Bread TV spots from 50+ years ago. The announcer says, “Buy energy-packed Sunbeam bread” with such enthusiasm, how could our grandmothers have put up any resistance? I […]

Identifying the Different Types of Quick Response Codes

More than 50 percent of consumers who own smartphones used them to scan at least one quick response code in 2012 alone, according to eConsultancy.com. Studies have confirmed that quick response codes have become one of the newest marketing tools available that can effectively connect prospective consumers to brands and manufacturers. Viewed by many as […]

One Brand, Multiple Markets: Century Link Turns In Rough Mix

Print Advertising From Century Link Leaves Much To Be Desired

My favorite NFL team plays home games at Century Link Field. The communications technology company also has a large presence in Omaha, my hometown. Therefore, I want to like Century Link, but a print ad like this subtracts several points from the “brand love” scorecard. Worse than the say-nothing-to-no-one use of stock photography here, are […]

Whether Perpetrated By Bots or By Babies, Click Fraud Is A Crime

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Digital advertising will account for 22.7% of all worldwide ad investments this year, or about $117.60 billion — up 13% compared with 2012, according to estimates from eMarketer and Starcom MediaVest Group. I’m not certain this is a good thing. Unless, brands and their agency partners clearly know what they’re doing with all that money. […]

4 Essential Tips for Direct Marketing Heroes

Direct marketing has a unique effect on people. It causes a kind of fervor in someone viewing your product for the first time, one so strong that the person becomes enthralled and will actually give information or a credit card number to a random website on the Internet just to get something. It almost seems like a far-fetched concept […]

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

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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. […]

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 […]