Hold The Presses: The Gecko Has A Book To Share

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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 […]

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 […]

As We Ask Our Phones To Do More, Their Poor Little Processors Struggle To Keep Up

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Is Intel inside your mobile handset? The tech giant wants to be inside your phone, and wants you to be aware of its mobile processing power. According to Reuters, “Intel Inside,” a branding campaign launched in 1991, turned commodity electronic components into premium products. This year, the Intel Inside logo has appeared on the backs […]

Guest Post: Cheap Is What It Sounds Like

Editor’s Intro: Matt Powers is in the branded merchandise business. It’s a competitive field, where expert use of online advertising to get the word out is fundamental. As we know, online advertising can be a nasty minefield when entered without the proper tools and training. In this guest post, Powers walks us through the hazards […]

Need That Merch To Feed That Jones

For years, millions of dollars in unlicensed Grateful Dead merchandise was sold outside of the band’s concerts by its tour-hungry fans. The band did crack down on it a bit after 1987, when “Touch of Grey” was on the radio, Macy’s started stocking tie-dyes and non-Deadhead criminal networks started hawking goods in the lot. Since […]

Social Gaming The Oscars: @JCPenney #OscarsTrivia

The exclsuive retail sponsor for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, JCPenney hopes to catch the attention of ceremony watchers who are simultaneously using Twitter, according to Clickz. The contest is live now on Twitter. Here is one of the brand’s first questions: The first person who tweets the correct answer and mentions JCPenney receives a […]

Viva la Información

This month, WikiLeaks opened an online shop hawking coffee mugs, bumper stickers and T-shirts emblazoned with Mr. Assange’s image. One shirt shows the white-haired Australian dressed as the Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara. “Viva la Información!” it says. Mr. Assange is trying to harness his growing celebrity to raise funds for both his document-leaking Web site […]

Noah Wild Helps MMB Put Their Skin–And Money–In The Game

I really like the idea of ad agencies branching out by offering their own line of products or starting subsidiary companies to do so. Forbes MarketShare reports on the latest such venture, from Boston-based MMB. After almost a decade of pushing brands on behalf of others, the agency’s three partners, Jamie Mambro, Fred Bertino and […]

Tweets On Tees

Because I am “Huge on Twitter,” I’m lucky to be wearing a pretty sweet Threadless t-shirt at the moment. And I have another one ready for tomorrow! According to BrandWeek, I’m a pawn in a “viral marketing push.” Okay… Here’s how I see it. I now have two new ready to wear t-shirts that people […]