The 3 Percent Conference Equals 100 Percent Valuable Conversation

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Back when it was first announced and details were scant, I made mention of the 3% Conference, an effort to call attention to the lack of female CDs in the ad industry. Since that time, conference founder Kat Gordon not only organized a successful conference in 2012, she’s doing it again this year. And she […]

Think Locally to Market Your Online Business

Just because you operate an online business doesn’t mean you can’t take full advantage of local marketing strategies. An online business may be located in the virtual world but business is very much done person-to-person. Bringing your online business to a local, physical level allows you to radiate your branding from a core location. Each […]

How Does Office Design Affect Productivity?

Startups have become kind of synonymous with “cool” office design. The exposed ducts, and wide open spaces are commonplace in the tech scene, where employees can sometimes be spotted working from the couch. At any given gaming or tech startup, you’re likely to find a fully stocked fridge and big cushy chairs. Is all this […]

The Publicis-Omnicom Merger: I Have One Question

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You can go to Ad Age, Jim Edwards’ coverage on Business Insider or DigiDay to get all sorts of news and reactions to today’s announcement regarding the merger of Publicis and Omnicom. Besides really throwing everyone’s summer weekend into chaos, opinions are flying regarding the merits of the deal. Here’s my biggest question: Is there […]

Spotlight On NW Brands: Bunnyjuice Spices Up Hospitality

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Hood River, Oregon is known for lots of things: Beautiful scenery, kitesailing and kayaking, and a charming downtown. It’s also home to a quirky little company called Bunnyjuice that’s making a splash in Las Vegas hotels. The company offers “Lovekits” available for purchase in-room. You know, a little something for when you and your sweetie […]

Mizuno Wisely Runs Away From Real-Time Marketing

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Like many people, I was impressed watching Texas state Senator Wendy Davis attempt a 13-hour filibuster of an anti-choice law. She couldn’t sit, eat, drink, or even lean on anything for support as she spoke. So it’s no surprise that the Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider sneakers she wore have gained a bit of attention, as […]

Advertising Could Use Some Farm-to-Table Thinking

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In the first episode of “Portlandia,” Fred and Carrie order meals in a restaurant, then decide to visit a farm to find out how the animals they’re eating were raised. Absurd? Maybe. But I’ve noticed that when I visit local farmers’ markets, I appreciate the growers and farmers, and their food, more. I think that […]

Scam Ads Are Nothing New. Perhaps The Old Ways Of Judging Aren’t Working.

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Every advertising awards show season brings with it a crop of scam ads that get entered into shows and win. This year (and it’s still early in the year,) a campaign created by JWT India for Ford got nailed for being fake. The creatives supposedly responsible for the ads were terminated. Ad Age has been […]

Google Isn’t Afraid To Advertise Itself At The Right Moment

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Someone on my Facebook feed referenced today’s New York Times article about working at Google. Clicking on the link shows me that Google’s ready to reinforce the message when good news appears: But what’s really interesting is this quote, in which one employee jabs straight at the advertising industry: Allison Mooney, 32, joined Google two […]

If CMOs Can Rate Agencies, Then Marketing Directors Should Be Rated Too

I always take company reviews I read on Glassdoor or services like TripAdvisor with a grain of salt. Because you never really know who’s behind the review and if they have an ax to grind. Yes, if you take these reviews in the aggregate you can get a good picture of a restaurant or service […]