How Ad Agencies Do Less With More

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Robin Williams once said cocaine was God’s way of saying you make too much money. Something tells me he’d say the same about ad agencies’ current fascination with turning even the smallest task into a gigantic group project. You’d think in these days of tight budgets, rapidly changing media and constant connectivity, agencies would not […]

Brand Babble Is Social Media Pollution

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We need to develop a pH test for brand content in social streams. Short of this chemistry set solution, we can listen to Mike Proulx, senior vice president and director of social media at Hill Holliday. Here are some nuggets from his Ad Age spotlight on the preponderance of brand babble in social channels. Today […]

The Commercialization of Halloween

The National Retail Federation says that Halloween spending will be down from 2012, but it will still represent $6.9 billion in consumer money for the year. By now, retailers have already begun aggressively marketing the idea of Halloween and Thanksgiving. Right around the corner will be the hint of Christmas trees and garland. Spending peaked […]

Today on TV: You Can Strip D Rose of Fame and Fortune, But Not the Ball

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Is Derrick Rose the new MJ? Is adidas the new Nike? Sacrilege. But there’s no denying the comparison, or that D Rose badly wants to bring a championship to Chicago. 180LA taps into this roundball drama in the following spot, although it is hard to imagine the NBA superstar without his diamond-encrusted entourage. Suspend disbelief! […]

9 Tips for Running a Successful Trade Show Booth

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Packing up your truck and driving to the trade show should involve as much planning and preparation as possible. After all, you’re going there to promote your product and stand out from the hundreds of other companies whose sole purpose is to outshine you. But the trade show isn’t just about attracting potential customers — […]

Content’s Role In Social Selling And Social Influence

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Social selling is the focus of my new feature for The Content Strategist. I describe social selling in the article as the practice of leveraging social networks to enhance lead generation and boost conversions. The point of the piece is to help determine content’s role in the sales process. We already know how content is […]

Coke Loses Fizz While Apple Surges

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It’s probably more of an blow to corporate egos than a real metric worth pondering, but as Adweek reports, this year’s Best Global Brands 2013 report by Interbrand places Apple on top, dropping the previous chart leader Coca-Cola to #3. The conventional not-so-much wisdom in the advertising and marketing industries for the past couple of […]

Shaving: the $59 Billion Per Year Business of Cutting Hair

As it turns out, men don’t like to get old. The idea of Clint Eastwood’s gritty face with a cigarette, riding off into the sunset to the great beyond is no longer as appealing as it once was. The old cowboy image has faded, replaced with a newfound quest for youthful vigor. Men are no […]

Digital Disruption Adds Complexity To The Job of Keeping Things Simple

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Are you a change agent? If you work in advertising today, there is no doubt. According to The Wall Street Journal, a recent Adobe survey found that 76% of marketers think marketing has changed more in the past two years than in the past 50. Needless to say, digital is the great disruptor. Clearly, there […]

CPG Brand Advertising In A Split-Screen World

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It is Advertising Week in New York City. Of course AdPulp’s editor, publisher and contributing writers are nowhere near New York City, so let’s look to Bloomberg’s coverage for a moment. ‬Here is B. Bonin Bough of Mondelēz speaking to the impressed press about real-time marketing: “We can raise the overall ecosystem and ROI of […]