Brand Activation Is A Global Movement

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Once upon a time, I lived in Chicago and I spent some time freelancing for Frankel. Bud Frankel was a pioneer in sales promotion, and I thought it was pretty cool to see him walking the halls as Chairman of the firm he founded, led and eventually sold. The sales price in 2000 was estimated […]

Hotel In Australia Gives New Meaning To “Snap Happy”

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Influencer marketing. Follower counts. Sponsored content. These are just a few of the phrases we can use to describe a promotional offer from 1888, a boutique hotel in Sydney. Instagram users with more than 10,000 followers can stay one night for free. Someone with 10K followers on Instagram has a ton of social influence. If […]

Email Wins Again

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In a world where relationship marketing is the be all and end all, email wins again. A new study conducted by Lyris and recapped by Marketing Profs, lays out the argument for email (click for infographic). I’m surprised to see email rank higher than personal referrals. What does that say about the state of our […]

Push Gets Pushy, Talks Smack About Pull

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Direct marketers get little respect from brand marketers, which is a shame. Everyone has something to give! Now, I see that social media marketers get little respect from direct marketers, which is also a shame. Where’s the love? Direct marketing pro, Debra Ellis, writing in Target Marketing opens her can of whoop ass with a […]

Do You Care Enough To Overcome Consumer Indifference?

“Fail harder” is a Wieden+Kennedy maxim. But if failure isn’t your thing, you can take the following advise from Martin Weigel’s, “How to (not) Fail” deck. Weigel is Head of Planning at Wieden+Kennedy Amsterdam, and his deck neatly illustrates “the gulf that exists between marketing’s bouts of hubris and the consumer’s reality.” I particularly enjoy […]

At This Rate, The “Partner v. Vendor” Debate Is Academic

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Clients are slippery. That’s what the numbers say. According to Ad Age in 1984, the average client-agency relationship tenure was 7.2 years. By 1997, that number fell 25% to 5.3 years. Today the average client-agency tenure is thought to be less than three years. “As an industry, it feels like we have lost sight of […]

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 […]

J&J Continues To Meet Its Customers At Common Points of Interest

There are 2,000 people, many from prominent client organizations, currently gathered in Orlando for the 2012 Association of National Advertisers’ Masters of Marketing conference. One client-side marketer of note, Kimberly Kadlec of Johnson & Johnson, said from the stage today, “We are responsible to connect with people in ways that are instructive and not disruptive.” […]

Brands Who Are Also Publishers Also Publish Ads

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Every company is a media company. You hear this line from me all the time, typically as an argument for content marketing. What I don’t often discus is how brands can also profit by running ads (often from competitors) on their brand-sponsored media properties, like Target does at Target.com. Newsosaur Alan D. Mutter, writing in […]

Want To Reach People? Great, What Is Your Basis of Conversation?

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I love to hear from clients who know their stuff. Julie Fleischer, Director of Content Strategy & Integration at Kraft Foods, knows her stuff. In an interview with Forbes she explains in terms crystalline what it takes to be a successful content marketer. The most important question to answer is “what is your basis of […]