Three Ways Social Media is Changing the Way Companies Market Themselves

There was a time when the only marketing companies needed to do was to make sure their phone number was listed correctly in the Yellow Pages. Today, there is a whole generation of consumers that never pick up a phone directory to find a service provider. The generation after that doesn’t even know what a […]

Holy Tongue Cleaners, Orabrush Team Spins Off

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Brands need YouTube content and advertising, but where do they turn to procure this modern form of communications currency? Ad agencies are changing, but few have crossed the bridge from making TV for a passive audience to making video for an active, empowered audience. One way to find a video provider is to discover who […]

Does Your Facebook Group Encourage And Support Real Life Interactions?

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The platform that creates the stickiest bonds between users wins. Facebook wants to win. In this piece for Facebook Groups, the human bonds formed at Donda’s House – the non profit inspired by Kanye West’s mother, Donda West, are featured. Facebook tapped Persuade director Michael Marantz to help tell a story about an incredible group […]

Laphroaig Scotch Welcomes Your Opinion In Socially Powered Sampling Campaign

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With Halloween just around the corner, Laphroaig Scotch is getting in the spirit. Let’s hear these unscripted, somewhat spooktacular, focus group responses to the unique taste of Laphroaig. To pair with the video, Laphroaig has also created a new cocktail to enjoy this Halloween. Laphroaig Trick or Treat Ingredients: 1 1/2 parts Laphroaig 10-Year-Old Single […]

Wherever Your Journey To Extraordinary Takes You, Holiday Inn Is There

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Holiday Inn’s new all-digital campaign, “Journey to Extraordinary,” seeks to tell captivating stories that bring the customer journey into focus. Before you say, “Oh great, another customer testimonial,” consider that customers prefer to hear from one another, and that the brand’s job in “building community” today is all about enabling these interactions. Okay, let’s meet […]

Marketing Yourself as a Personal Injury Lawyer in the Age of Social Media

First and foremost, lawyers are business people. The reason we tend to overlook that fact is that we do not typically refer to law as an industry. Make no mistake about it; law is big business. And lawyers are a part of that business cycle. As such, they need to be just as business savvy […]

Columbia Sportswear Films Brand Advocates On Field Trip In Jordan

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Columbia Sportswear has been “trying stuff since 1938.” Now, with the help of CMD in Portland the recreational clothing maker is trying on the content producer’s role with the release of a new brand-sponsored documentary, I Am #OMNITEN. Each year Columbia selects ten more people to join its #omniten program. The #omniten are not full […]

See All This Content? I Also Provide It To Clients

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“Keep your day job, until your night job pays.” -Hunter/Garcia If there is one lesson I might share with you from nearly a decade as an ad blogger, it is this: Do not start with a blog and then go looking for a business to support it. Business first, then blog. The reality is I […]

What You Can Bring To the Content Party: Digital Endurance

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Change is the only constant. In digital media terms though, change is more than a constant, it’s a constant storm. Grace Bonney, founder of Design Sponge, waxes nostalgic about blogging days gone by. Let’s listen and learn. Six to eight years ago, most bloggers were living in our own version of the ‘Conde Nast heydays’ […]