Should You Advertise In Unfriendly Territory? The Mormons Do.

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Last night I went to see the touring production of “The Book of Mormon,” a musical from the creators of South Park. It’s quite funny, but it takes some serious jabs at the LDS Church and the origins of its beliefs. Flipping through the Playbill I got when I entered, I noticed several ads like […]

Amazon’s Cloud Is Raining Tunes

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How smart is Amazon.com? If their latest move to improve its music store is any indication, they’re smarter than all their competition. According to Time, Amazon’s new “Auto-Rip” gives customers a free online version of any album they buy — or have bought on Amazon in the last 15 years. I just logged in to […]

@AP Is Tweetcasting Brand Messages For Money

News organizations, like everyone else, have something to sell and they’re increasingly finding fresh ways to sell it. Take the Associated Press. This 19th century “wire service” is now using its official Twitter account as an advertising platform. According to Reuters, Samsung Electronics is the first sponsor on the @AP account for breaking news, and […]

Three Words For 2013: Socially-Optimized Microcontent

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Looking into the crystal ball is a practice best reserved for characters in fairy tales. Unless it’s your business to gaze ahead, which of course it is. Deep Focus, for one, isn’t afraid to see things. Here’s some of what the Ian Schaefer-run agency sees happening in 2013: Social platforms will become the primary digital […]

Make Useful Advertising, Make Yourself And Your Clients A Lot of Money

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Journalist, turned blogging supernova, Andrew Sullivan announced this week that he will pursue a subscription-based revenue model and forgo advertising and venture capital support. We want to create a place where readers – and readers alone – sustain the site. No bigger media companies will be subsidizing us; no venture capital will be sought to […]

Made Good Money, Five Dollars A Day, Made Anymore And I’d Move Away

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I am a fan of Maria Popova’s. Chances are good you are too, as her site, Brain Pickings, gets more than one million visits a month. I like how Popova combs through offline materials to find things to feature online. It’s such a simple, yet effective, strategy. I am also interested in her reasons for […]

Despite Rumors To The Contrary, Print Still In Play

Given that Newsweek plans to stop printing its magazine by year end, and rely on digital distribution to carry the load, one might be tempted to surmise that the sky is falling on print. But from the look of things, the sky is in the same place it was last time we checked. According to […]

In Cambridge, Strands of MIT DNA Are Woven Into Media’s Bright Future

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Media isn’t a science, but at MIT it kind of is. Ergo, it makes perfect sense for The Boston Globe to work closely with MIT’s Center for Civic Media to create “experimental ideas” that play out on the Globe’s websites, Boston.com and BostonGlobe.com. The hope is that this initiative with MIT will explore new ways […]

From Client Service To Serving Readers What They Want

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I don’t pay much attention to personnel moves in the communications industry, despite the number of press releases I receive on the subject. Of course, if I know the person moving jobs then I am interested. And when the move is from ad agency leadership to CEO of a well known media company, then there’s […]

Do You Point, Shoot And Edit On The Fly?

Content marketing, and online video in particular, is the well we return to again and again. Because it’s an exciting new opportunity for brands, and for the storytellers they hire to weave their brand-sponsored narratives. Increasingly, brands are bypassing the agency option altogether, and going directly to production companies or media companies for content solutions. […]