Not Your Father’s CMO

Today’s CMOs are more than marketers, they’re “Marketing’s CEOs.” That’s according to CMG Partners and their 4th Annual CMO’s Agenda, a study of the latest trends and issues facing CMOs today. Based on interviews with 30 CMOs at U.S. companies, the study identified five trends affecting Chief Marketing Officers, including a reported increase in influence […]

One Badass Product Positioning

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In the world of rock guitar, you can never have too many effects pedals. Especially distortion pedals. Guitar players talk about distortion the way wine drinkers talk about wine. One pedal has “a brittle edge with a sweet undertone.” Another features “boosted mids and a smooth top-end.” One pedal pairs well with a vintage tube […]

Jean Paul Gaultier Proves Thinking Is Always In Fashion

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Holidays are always a good time to relax and recharge, and if you can do something that inspires you during your time off, so much the better. That’s exactly what happened this year after I gave my wife a Christmas gift of tickets to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. […]

The Miami ADDYs Look For Ideas That Survived

From AAF Miami comes a literal interpretation of ‘the idea that got killed.” Which reminds me of something I once wrote: At any moment, your executions may be killed at random by people you’ve never met for reasons that don’t make sense. Share

A BeanCast, And A Book

A couple of items of self-promotion, if you’ll allow me the privilege. First, I had the great opportunity to make a repeat appearance on this week’s BeanCast, which also featured: Steve Hall of AdRants, Kristi Faulkner of NYC’s Womenkind, Jim Hopkinson of The Hopkinson Report, and of course, show host Bob Knorpp. We got into […]

The Post-Pitch Letdown Gets Spoofed

According to its YouTube page, the Blamer Partnership “is a compensation, performance and search consultancy who helps clients save on agency fees and makes sure agencies are truly accountable.” And if that description begs for a more entertaining way of selling its services, the consultancy decided to spoof the post-pitch attitudes of some agencies, when […]

The Only Difference Between Famous Creatives And You Is That More Of Their Best Ideas Have Been Produced

Let’s face it: fame (for lack of a better word) is important in advertising. From the people to the work itself, it’s good to be known, to be noticed. It can happen at any time, even overnight. Fame is part of what makes advertising glamorous and cool. And if you can acquire a small bit […]

When The Cabo Wabo Tequila Starts Flowing, So Do The Stories

I’m kinda amazed Mick Fleetwood remembers anything, but in this video, sponsored by Cabo Wabo Tequila, the Fleetwood Mac co-founder shares a drink and a memory with NYC-based artist Nicole Atkins. Creative agency Exposure created this video for the tequila brand. It’s the first part of the brand’s “Off The Record” video series, which will […]

So What’s Next For Adweek, Other Than A New Editor?

News today, and not really unexpected, is that Michael Wolff is being replaced as Adweek editor. The Huffington Post has more: Wolff’s departure caps a short, rather rocky tenure at the trade magazine. In 2009, Prometheus announced the merging of Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek as one publication under Wolff’s guidance. In April 2011, Adweek relaunched […]

Steve Jobs Explains “Think Different” And Why Most Clients Can’t Be Apple

If you’re like me, no doubt you’ve had clients sit in conference rooms and say things like, “We want to be like Target.” Or “We want to be like Nike.” Or, the big one these days, “We want to be like Apple.” Well, if you haven’t seen this video, check it out. It’s Steve Jobs, […]