Marketers Are Brand Architects And Building Brands Takes More Than Math


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


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 […]

Glamour Makes Good Use of Google+ Hangouts

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I don’t know how they did it, but Glamour magazine has gathered a massive audience on Google+. With 1.5 million readers on this platform, the door is now wide open to sponsored content opportunities. According to Mashable, the fashion title is using the Goggle+ Hangout feature in new ways: Glamour magazine is launching a month-long […]

Hold The Presses: The Gecko Has A Book To Share


Digital content is wonderful in many ways. It’s fast, data-rich and easy to store. But it is not tactile, and that hurts. It hurts because we are people, and we like to hold things. In fact, JWT studied our longing for content-rich physical objects and found that the more we embrace digital, the more we […]

MarketMixNW 2013 Offers Up A Valuable Mix Of Marketing Information

SEATTLE—There weren’t any Grumpy Cats like at SxSW or half-naked Argentine Creative Directors like at Cannes, but the MarketMix 2013 Conference sponsored by the Puget Sound American Marketing Association did prove worthwhile, at least from this copywriter’s perspective. The key to these types of conferences is to pick some sessions on topics you don’t know […]

Can Brands Dance? Sir Martin Says Yes

Music moves people. Live music moves people deeply. The experience lingers for days, weeks, sometimes for years. Naturally, brand marketers would love to gain some of this attention for their own purposes, and increasingly they’re turning to experiential marketing to deliver. Which is why it is not surprising to learn that WPP has ponied up […]

“Be Indispensable,” Make Money — Simple As That Says The Oracle of Omaha


Paid content is one of my favorite topics, as our regular reader know. It’s a favorite topic because it’s my life. I get paid to create content (by brands, not newspapers), and I want to help my friends and colleagues get paid for their work too. That’s one reason I like media companies entering in […]

Clean Is The New Black

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Here is some exceptionally good news. According to Digiday, The Banner Industrial Complex Under Threat. “From a publisher’s standpoint, there really is no choice but to go this way,” said David Payne, Gannett’s chief digital officer, of the move away from the banner. “I think we’ve all proven over the last 12 years that the […]

Eyeballs Yes, But Publishers Need The Rest of You Too


In the old days, editors assigned stories to reporters, then made suggestions for improvement as the copy came in. Today, it’s a bit more complicated. Today, an editor needs to have the capacity to run the presses. Paul Smalera, tech editor at Reuters, warns on Medium that editors need to know some code and possess […]