Too Much Nerd Power Not A Good Thing For Brands

Writing in Ad Age, Tom Hinkes, former marketing director and current principal consultant at OutBranding, says “our biggest consumer brands are now managed by nerds.” It’s not a compliment. Great brand marketers are comfortable with ambiguity. They realize marketing is a balancing act — it’s numbers and detail, but it’s also flair and vision. It’s […]

Go Ahead, Measure This

Al DiGuido, CEO of Zeta Interactive, writing in Ad Age about what agencies might look like in five years, predicts: Data will dominate all agency activity — real-time messaging, real-time results and analysis. The day will come in which planners won’t plan without understanding the metrics of success. Creative teams won’t create without understanding the […]

To Me, “Does Social Sell?” Is The Same Question As “Does Advertising Sell?”

It may be a national holiday, but that’s not stopping Adweek’s Brian Morrissey from asking the hard questions in his piece published today, Does Social Sell? While digital channels and online interactions offer a plethora of data points, they don’t come with a set playbook for assigning value. Marketers have grown comfortable with formulas like […]

Fuel Industries Proactively Organizes CES Data

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a big time trade show with thousands of attendees from all over the world. Which makes it tricky to keep up with. That’s why Fuel Industries in Ottawa, Ontario invented TweetYouThere. Nick Iannitti of Fuel describes it as a simple social media tool to measure which brands, […]

Nielsen Sheds Some More

Nielsen isn’t done offloading its operating units. On top of the company’s recent sale of several prominent trade titles, Nielsen is now letting go of its box office reporting business. Portland-based Rentrak Corp. has agreed to acquire The Nielsen Company’s EDI division for $15 million in cash. According to LA Times: The deal will expand […]

Eyetracking Study Says Text Is Best

Many of us are busy trying to find that digital piece of gold known as a better display or banner ad. Leading this pursuit at the moment, are ads that are looking more and more like magazine ads, and in some cases TV ads. Yet, some might say that’s exactly the wrong direction. According to […]

Funneling Towards A Sale

Kevin Lee, CEO of Didit, and Gian Fulgoni, Chairman and Founder of comScore discuss branding’s importance in the marketing mix and how search alone won’t close the sale. [via iMediaConnection]

Are You Ready To Get Digital Right?

Jon Gibs, Vice President, Media Analytics at Nielsen is offering up a 16-page report on “Integrated Measurement in a Multi-Screen World.” Gibs asks: If the Internet has truly “arrived” and is being taken seriously, why have we not yet seen significant brand advertising dollars follow? He then follows the question with this sage piece of […]