Shaving: the $59 Billion Per Year Business of Cutting Hair

As it turns out, men don’t like to get old. The idea of Clint Eastwood’s gritty face with a cigarette, riding off into the sunset to the great beyond is no longer as appealing as it once was. The old cowboy image has faded, replaced with a newfound quest for youthful vigor. Men are no […]

Guest Post: Email Marketing Isn’t Just Holding Steady, It’s Blowing Up

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Guest post by Will Stevens Despite the social media hype, email still wins out Email is a technological dinosaur, destined for the dustbin of history, while social networks are set to dominate communications, PR and advertising for years to come. Or at least that’s the impression given by the mainstream press and many marketing blogs. […]

How Using T-Shirts Causes the Market to Take Notice

Let’s face it. Many companies and organizations sell the same products or services to the point they are considered commodities. The best way they can differentiate themselves is through creating a powerful brand or image. This causes potential customers to think of the company or organization with the strongest image first when a particular product […]

Guest Post: Promotional Marketing – Digital/Mobile

This article is written by Henry Walker of NDL Group, a leading promotional marketing and competition management business. Capturing the attention of consumers using promotional campaigns is nothing new; it has been a robust tactic from some of the world’s greatest brands for decades. Consumers are only too happy to enjoy loyalty schemes or test their […]

Quantify This: Poor Advertising Research Costs The Industry $2 Billion A Year

This is another in a series of posts from Portlander Peter Levitan, a former ad agency principal and Baby Boomer with a new book out about Boomers “offing themselves” before they go broke. In the mid-90’s I left the security of Saatchi & Saatchi and joined Advance Publications to create and launch New Jersey Online, one of the […]

What Are You, A Schoolboy? Ask For The Order.

This is another guest post from Portlander Peter Levitan, a former ad agency principal and Baby Boomer with a new book out about Boomers “offing themselves” before they go broke. Ad agencies fail in many areas, but not asking for the order takes the cake. How can agencies be so passive when it comes to […]

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 […]

Guest Post: Curiosity Is Fuel, Light Some Fires

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This article is written by Peter Levitan, a Baby Boomer with a new book due this fall about Baby Boomers offing themselves before they go broke. Levitan has had time to think about such morbidly hilarious concepts since selling Citrus, his Bend, Oregon-based agency to Portland’s HMH. About five years ago, I was at a […]

Guest Post: Are Words Obsolete in Marketing?

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Laura Ries, is president of Ries & Ries, a marketing consulting firm in Atlanta. Laura and her partner/father, Al Ries have co-written six books on branding. In her new book, Visual Hammer, Ries argues that recent marketing successes are visual successes, not verbal ones. As a writer, I’m not certain how I feel about the […]

Guest Post: What Non-Developers Need To Know About HTML5

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This article is by Dian Crawford, a partner at Tilt Agency in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband also own and operate Urban Grind, a coffee shop in Portland’s Pearl District (and a favorite spot for many of the city’s tech workers). I’m not a developer. I’ve written some lines of code in my past, […]