Predictive Analytics Shows How Marketers Are Using – And Loving – Big Data


I recently wrote about Big Data and how creative people might get left behind in the great rush to mine the data for insights into consumer behavior. In Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, author Eric Siegel takes a look at a broad spectrum of companies and organizations […]

StoryBranding Gives You A Process, Not A Magic Formula


I’ve written recently about my skepticism of the worshippers of “brand storytelling” as the new Holy Grail of advertising. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jim Signorelli’s book StoryBranding: Creating Standout Brands Through the Power of Story.

Sorry, But Brands Don’t Really Want To Fix Agencies

If you read Digiday every day, you’d be convinced that all advertising agencies are terribly dysfunctional and they’re pretty much screwed like dinosaurs. Which, as we all know, has a slight kernel of truth sometimes. But article after article aims to hoist agencies on their own petards. This article from Giselle Abramovich, entitled, “What Brands […]

How Facebook can Make or Break you in the Pursuit of Employment

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Finding jobs has become very challenging recently with all the social media and lack of privacy online. Specially if you are moving to a new town that you don’t know that many people in that town, lets say Hawaii, and if you decided that you want to search for jobs in Hawaii, you way want […]

From Traditional To Digital To Integrated To Social To Instagram


The lack of distinctive agency brand positions has been a thorn in our industry paw for years. We’ve all heard the cobbler’s children’s shoes metaphor and the harangues from agency consultants telling us that despite our own branding skills, our sales propositions all sound alike. Lately there has been a slow shift to agency USPs that has been brought on […]

Automated Writing Will Either Replace Us Or Push Us To Do Better


I hadn’t noticed it until now, but each week, my Fantasy Football team gets a nice matchup recap. Like this one: I have to admit, it’s very cool. And creepy at the same time. A company called Automated Insights teamed up with Yahoo! this year to do this for each Fantasy Football game. That’s millions […]

Dumb Ways To Die Was Born Out Of Simplicity

I always like to read “how they did that” accounts of good advertising work. On Adweek today, there’s a good account of McCann Australia’s effort for train safety, which features a video showing “Dumb Ways To Die.” Frankly, this song is so damn catchy I downloaded it, burned it to a CD and am playing […]

Coca-Cola Is Talking. Who’s Going To Listen?

I’m about as loyal a customer of Coke as you’ll find. I grew up in Atlanta, which was largely built on Coca-Cola money. I drink several Diet Cokes a day, ask for it by name in every restaurant I’m at, and give dirty looks when the server asks, “Is Pepsi OK?” Having said all that, […]

Big Data Might Make Creative People Feel Small

So big data is all the rage now. In politics, we saw data used to boost turnout in the recent election, and in marketing we’re seeing it pervade every initiative from start to finish. Where does that leave creative people? Marketers are desperate for any logical way to measure their marketing efforts. Before they launch […]

Champagne Comes From Champagne. It’s That Simple.

I’ll admit there are plenty of things I didn’t know. One of them is that Champagne only comes from the Champagne region of France. This was a source of confusion when my girlfriend sent me to buy some champagne for her office last month, and I didn’t realize that California doesn’t produce champagne, only “sparking […]