Oracle is no longer Oracle the tech giant run by an egomaniac. Through the power of sports (and sponsorship)–America’s Cup Sailing, in this instance–Oracle is now much better known as ORACLE TEAM USA. And ORACLE TEAM USA, founded on Aug. 11, 2000 by Larry Ellison, is a much friendlier front for the company. Forget for […]
Every company is a media company. No, that meme is incomplete and out of date. This is longer but more accurate: Every company needs media, a.k.a. brand storytelling to create and sustain long-term interest among key constituents. Whichever angle you prefer, the need for media, a.k.a. content marketing, is a given. The question is “How […]
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. […]
Did you happen to notice how fast Visa brought new commercials (featuring new Gold Medal winners) to the airwaves during the London games? In many cases the athlete’s heroic story (as told in 30 seconds by a global credit card purveyor) appeared on NBC stations within minutes of the medal round competition. Here, take a […]
Get ready: The London Olympics are coming in a few weeks. To be honest, I’m not much into the Olympics as a whole, although it was quite cool to be living in Atlanta in the Summer of 1996 when the games were there. But it’s no secret that brands and marketers leap at the chance […]
Courtesy of Wieden + Kennedy, we get this two-minute tribute to moms. At least, the moms who nurture Olympic champions. Oh yeah, and this ad is for Proctor & Gamble. If my mom actually knew how to use a computer (she doesn’t), I’d go click the Thank You Mom App on Facebook.