Ground Beef, Ground Again

According to Fast Company, McDonald’s launch of “real fruit” smoothies (they’re actually made from purees) rightfully rattled, Jamba Juice. The San Francisco-based company responded with a new product of its own called the Cheeseburger Chill, described in a press release as “beefy, smothered in cheese, loaded with your favorite condiments and blended to creamy perfection.” […]

Curated Word-of-Mouth Used To Inspire North of the Border Vacations

One of the things I love about digital is how well it supports experiential marketing. Digital can drive you to the brand experience, welcome you at the desired destination and archive the activities for follow up at a later time. The Canadian Tourism Commission is on the right page with their interactive mural installations. They […]

Dancing With Daffy’s

Daffy’s, a discount retail chain in the greater New York City area, has been known for its innovative and effective marketing from the store’s beginning in the 1960s. Back then, Daffy’s sold silver dollars for 88 cents. Today, with the help of New York agency, Johannes Leonardo, the company continues to push its own envelope. […]

What Content Can Do For You

Because I’m looking for work right now, I need to explain what it is that I do in plain terms. It can be difficult to do. Brands may not know they need a strategic content plan for the social space. Hence, their agency doesn’t know it either. That’s why my elevator pitch has to be […]

Please Go Away (For A Day)

The Portland Egotist is alive and kicking. So don’t look here, look there. By the end of the day, there will be a collection of 10 posts about Portland’s perfect climate for creative pursuits.

Crazy Baldheads Exported

Hey, I know. Let’s get consumers to humiliate themselves on our behalf! According to The New York Times, that’s what Air New Zealand marketing execs were thinking when they commissioned 30 “cranial billboards,” made with henna on newly shaved heads. Maybe that’s why it’s called buzz marketing. For shaving their noggins and displaying the ad […]

Doctors Look To YouTube To Boost Sales

Recently, I completed a series of videos to help a friend of mine promote his book. The videos have gotten him other publicity and also garnered an uptick in book sales. Today’s New York Times reports that doctors are also using YouTube–and giving discounts to patients for an endorsement: Last year, Cynthia Goodstein was struggling […]

Drop The Lingo And Make Something Great

Joseph Jaffe, author of Join the Conversation, writing in Adweek, offers some good advice. The movie Rounders contains a life lesson: “When sitting down at the poker table, look around for the sucker. If you don’t recognize the sucker, get up and leave, because the sucker is you.” Along the same lines, the next time […]