Tame Your Lion And Pencil Worshipers, Effectiveness Is The New Black

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Business results. ROI. Clients love it; ergo, agencies must provide it to remain essential. Enter the Warc 100, an annual ranking of the world’s 100 best campaigns and companies, based on their performance in effectiveness and strategy competitions. The rankings are compiled based on the winners of 87 effectiveness and strategy awards from around the […]

Today Is National Hamburger Day. Tweet It Twice.

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I have never been a fan of anonymous content. I rarely point to it. But today is a new day. The latest in Digiday’s series of anonymous reports from inside the agency business—Confessions of a social media strategist—is worth a careful read. The anonymous writer works at one of “the leading digital agencies in New […]

With Advertising Effectiveness, The Results Are Always Mixed

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An article in Ad Age this week suggests all is not well at McDonald’s. And the ads are getting the blame for a sales slump. Certainly, lackluster ads deserve scrutiny, but ad agencies are promising even more in the way of analytics to determine how effective campaigns can be. So if an agency promises results, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Running The Numbers On Type-Invertising

Young-Bean Song, founder of AnalyticsDNA, a Seattle-based strategy and analytics research consultancy, believes “online marketers are not looking for incremental improvement. Instead they are looking for quantum leaps in awareness, message association, favorability and intent.” Song contends online marketers can find what they’re seeking in something called “type-in” advertising, which is a branded version of […]

Mitch Joel Takes The Measure of A Modern Brand

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Mitch Joel of Twist Image, a Canadian firm that “connects brands to people and people to brands,” has a pretty good bead on what the job of building brands has become today. To achieve ROI in Digital Marketing, Joel says there’s no room for laziness. Are you willing to do the long, hard and disruptive […]

Chasing News, Chasing Dollars

Business Insider was just given $7 million dollars from venture capitalists and a hard time by Felix Salmon of Reuters. Salmon is a financial journalist, and his nose is out of joint because he feels Business Insider is lifting a bit too much from AP and other sources. When media companies are asked to grow […]

The Best Performing Banner In A Poorly Performing Class

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Todd Wasserman of Mashable reports that banner ads may be experiencing big growth this year, they’re not getting any more effective. Only one person in 1,000 actually clicks on banner ads, despite attempts to make them more inviting. However, the Google report, which comes out this week, found that the format of a display ad […]