Archives for 2013

Boston Suspects Caught, Media Still Searching For Clues

Last week’s events in Boston were horrific, and while the criminals are now dead and caught, our nerves are frayed. People are upset and frightened. People want answers and justice. Naturally, the media — traditional and social — is at the center of this storm. When I did watch CNN last week, it was a […]

It’s Earth Day. Do Consumers Really Care about “Green” Products?

Since I moved to Seattle, I’ve become much more aware of environmental issues and groups that draw attention to them. But where I came from, it’s another story. We’ve seen many attempts in recent years by marketers to capitalize on a growing awareness by consumers of environmental issues. Today’s New York Times reports on the […]

Do Digital Right: Create “An Increased Likelihood To Buy”

Is digital a direct marketing medium or a brand building medium, or both? It’s a question that will continue to be asked by befuddled clients and their agency helpers alike. Personally, I think digital is a radical transparency machine that challenges brands to become better at marketing, product development and community relations. But back to […]

World’s Biggest Bookstore Dips Toe Into Serial Entertainment

Is Jeff Bezos the new Aaron Spelling? No, but Amazon Studios, the original content arm of Bezos’ company, is offering up a lot of episodic content today — 14 new pilots to be exact. Six of the 14 pilots from are aimed at kids. The other eight are Adult Comedies. Alpha House is a political […]

Two Contrarian Views on Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches”

Every now and then, an idea captivates the advertising world and beyond. This week, that honor goes to Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches.” It’s a very simple idea rooted in a universal truth: We don’t see ourselves the way the world sees us. And to dramatize that through the lens of a criminal sketch artist — […]

Marketers Are Brand Architects And Building Brands Takes More Than Math

Fact: When it comes to marketing spending, analog still outstrips digital by a factor of three to one. Jake Sorofman, an analyst with Gartner, supplied the cold hard fact above in a Harvard Business Review article. It’s the kind of fact that my friend Bob Hoffman likes, and likes to use to convince CMOs and […]

Valuable Lessons Learned At Wexley School For Girls

SEATTLE—There are rubber chickens hanging in the agency’s storefront-like window facing 5th Avenue in downtown Seattle. There’s a giant statue of Merlin greeting you at the door. There’s a jar full of white powder marked “cocaine” in the bathroom. The CEO’s office is decorated like a butcher shop, and the CCO’s office resembles a set […]

Cotton Cozies Up To Soap Star Turned Country Singer Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere is the latest face, form and voice to promote cotton’s role as a versatile textile fiber. No, I didn’t write the above lede, but I want you to see it, since it takes imagination to come up with this kind of PR copy. Okay, on to the spot. Does it make you want […]