Why Buy Media When You Can Become The Media?

from New York Daily News: “Universal Music Group and cable provider EchoStar are making music together. In a first for a major record label, Universal Music is in talks with the satellite giant to start a music channel, sources told the Daily News. The yet unnamed MTV-challenger is set to launch early next year on […]

Denton Dobkin Dominate The Blogosphere

Taking a page from Nick Denton’s Gawker Media Empire playbook, Jake Dobkin, publisher of Gothamist has a nice little publishing business of his own. Actually, it’s not so little. Gothamist receives 30,000 unique visitors a day. And the model has spread to Chicago, LA, San Francisco, DC, London and Toronto. More proof that people love […]

Pro Golfer Takes A Page Right Out Of Kournikova’s Book

from Business Week: With rare exceptions, the women of the Ladies Professional Golf Assn. are not the sort of half-dressed hotties who fill the pages of mens’ magazines like FHM. Then there’s Natalie Gulbis. Gulbis’ decision to pose for FHM wasn’t one she came to alone, however. A PR firm, retained by the LPGA, aided […]

McNasty Rejects Free Goodwill

Resistance to advertising normally comes from the consuming public, but here we have a case of a giant corporation rejecting one of their best brand advocates. from Los Angeles Times: Albert Okura, a businessman who owns and runs Juan Pollo, a chain of Mexican rotisserie chicken restaurants in Southern California operates a quirky museum in […]

How To Measure A Promotion’s Effectiveness In The Marketplace

According to Promo Magazine, SpongeBob SquarePants figures have been swiped from Burger King roofs in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maine, Tennessee and Utah over the past two weeks. The giant inflatables are on select BK locations to promote The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie and the QSR’s Kids Meals and promotional watches. At one BK in Utah, […]

Have No Fear Transparency Is Here

Nick Wreden, author of Fusion Branding, has made several poignant points on his blog. Expounding on Tom Peters’ 1997 “Brand Called You” mantra, he debates the new reality of “The Brand Called We.” from his post: “Once, companies could define, or ‘position,’ their brand based on their control over media and messages. Today, however, it

Crazy Woman Says Parrotheads Will Go Ape In Wrigley

According to Crain’s Chicago Business the Chicago Cubs want to hold rock concerts at Wrigley Field, possibly as soon as next season. Aging crooner Jimmy Buffett could be the lead off hitter. Mr. Buffett

Ring Ring Is More Like Ching Ching

from Forbes: The number of kids armed with cell phones is surprisingly high. By the end of this year, half of all children between the age of 11 or 17 will have their own phone, according to the Yankee Group. They’re profitable consumers, too: Kids use more minutes on their cell plans and spend freely […]

Because Content Truly Is King

Talent Zoo, the high-profile Atlanta-based headhunting firm, is starting to add more content to its web pages, aside from the job postings one might expect. They’re currently featuring an interesting article on women in advertising rising to power at long last by Deborah Geering. Here’s an excerpt: “Women are just better at multi-tasking; that’s just […]

Women Call Bullshit And Reach For Their Checkbooks To Support Martha

Martha Stewart’s handling of her prison term is working wonders for the Martha Stewart brand. Forbes reports that subscription renewals to her namesake magazine, Martha Stewart Living are 17% better than the magazine industry average. (thanks to Les at Trylon Communications for the tip) Kmart has also noted increased loyalty to the Martha Stewart brand […]