Archives for 2013

Leadership Conversations Challenges Us To Move Up If We’re Ready

What does it take to be a leader in an advertising industry or marketing firm? As I’ve noted before, many great copywriters and art directors don’t make great creative directors. It’s a different set of skills. And sometimes, for the agency or the person, this discovery is made too late — either after a promotion […]

Predictive Analytics Shows How Marketers Are Using – And Loving – Big Data

I recently wrote about Big Data and how creative people might get left behind in the great rush to mine the data for insights into consumer behavior. In Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, author Eric Siegel takes a look at a broad spectrum of companies and organizations […]

StoryBranding Gives You A Process, Not A Magic Formula

I’ve written recently about my skepticism of the worshippers of “brand storytelling” as the new Holy Grail of advertising. So, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Jim Signorelli’s book StoryBranding: Creating Standout Brands Through the Power of Story.

Can Journalism As A Civic Good And Native Advertising Live Side-by-Side?

Do you recognize a so-called native ad when you see one? It’s not as easy it sounds. Back in the day we used to plaster an ADVERTORIAL sign on top of any editorial that was supplied by a marketer. But marketers today want their ads, excuse me, their content, to blend in and fit seamlessly […]

You Are Not The Price People Will Pay For You

We work in advertising, but are we able to fully realize the seismic shifts taking place in media? I don’t think so. It’s too hard to measure the rate of change, or keep up with how far the mighty have fallen. Thankfully, we can turn to media critic Ken Doctor. He reports that The New […]

Can Analog Thinking Shake Up Our Digital World?

If you’re a rock fan, I highly recommend you check out “Sound City,” a new documentary about a legendary LA recording studio that was all analog. No one denies the power of our new digital tools to make great music, but in the movie we hear musicians lament the brilliant imperfections of old-school recording methods. […]

Now, He’s Delicately Placing The Gouda

Burger King, where taste is king, would like to entice you with highlights from its morning menu — Arabica coffee for 25 cents and a Gouda Bacon Sandwich. The new product-focused spots from newly named lead agency on the account, Mother New York, are “borderline corny,” according to Adweek. Charlie Hopper, a principal at Young […]