No Need To Hide, Just Make Advertising And/Or Content Worth Showcasing

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On this week’s edition of The BeanCast — the best podcast about Marketing on the air — I claim that “Native Advertising” is the dumbest term that I’ve ever heard. And it is, but even worse than the term itself is the fuzzy thinking behind it. It’s no wonder that no one even knows what […]

Micro Spots Are Growing On Vine

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What has Twitter unleashed with its new video platform, Vine? For one, instructional video now comes in six-second bites, care of Lowe’s, BBDO New York and director/photgrapher Meagan Cignoli. Here’s another tutorial from Lowe’s, also in six second frames meant to be digested on Twitter. And here’s a non-branded Vine from Ms. Cignoli, an artist […]

PointRoll Blows An Opportunity By Sucking On Ad Age’s Cover

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When I opened my copy of Advertising Age today, I was confronted with this coverwrap from PointRoll. I’d like to think that if I were to create an ad that, by simple virtue of its placement, would immediately command the attention of every Ad Age subscriber, I’d do something a lot less, well, sucky. There […]

Are You Down With This Concept Yet? Media Is A Marketing Service.

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Every company is a media company. No, that meme is incomplete and out of date. This is longer but more accurate: Every company needs media, a.k.a. brand storytelling to create and sustain long-term interest among key constituents. Whichever angle you prefer, the need for media, a.k.a. content marketing, is a given. The question is “How […]

Twitter’s Real-Time Data Is Money

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Twitter is finding its rhythm, a.k.a. business model. Teressa Iezzi reports that the Tweet factory just inked a multiyear agreement worth hundreds of millions of dollars with Publicis-owned media giant Starcom MediaVest Group. What does Starcom want with Twitter? Sweet data, baby! So my TV remote is broken- which pretty much cancels my evening plans […]

Boston Suspects Caught, Media Still Searching For Clues

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Last week’s events in Boston were horrific, and while the criminals are now dead and caught, our nerves are frayed. People are upset and frightened. People want answers and justice. Naturally, the media — traditional and social — is at the center of this storm. When I did watch CNN last week, it was a […]

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 […]

Like A Zen Master, Tom Asacker Explains The Business of Belief

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When we change our actions, we also change our beliefs. And what we believe compels further action. It is a virtuous cycle, and understanding its elemental framework can help you to connect with and motivate people. “People are drawn across the bridge of belief by their anticipation of a better experience and a better life. […]

Content Overload Warning: Don’t Make Me Read This

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Remember a few years ago when Guerilla was a big deal? Then Buzz and Word-of-Mouth were all the rage. Then Social Media. Now, it’s Content’s day in the sun. Problem is, the sun is a blistering force that withers all memes and movements alike. There’s enough content. Please stop. — Reeder (@thatreeder) April 9, 2013 […]