Ask And You Shall Receive A Thoughtful Answer

Russian hackers are now meddling in the French election. French newspaper, Libération, is fighting back with a search engine staffed by real-life journalists. Libération with the help of J. Walter Thompson/Paris came up with the anti-hoax service CheckNews.fr, a search engine trading cold algorithms for journalists for three days before the French elections. In related […]

Lead Prospects To The Funnel of Love

What exactly does “digital transformation” mean and why should we care? It means that people are discovering and interacting with brands in new ways, putting an onus on agencies and clients to evolve. Specifically, the data-driven digital world is challenging marketers to find more effective engagement strategies throughout the marketing funnel. It demands new skill […]

This Week on The BeanCast: How To Improve Digital Customer Experience

One of the reasons I enjoy being a guest on The BeanCast is Bob Knorpp’s expert presentation and handling of important marketing topics. This week’s show is a classic. We begin the hour with a robust exchange about the disconnect between what marketers think customers want from digital experiences and what customers actually want. From […]

Power of the Pivot: Rova’s Joe Olsen Turned His Former Agency Into A SaaS Provider

A decade ago many “digital agencies” were primarily production shops sub-contracting out to the big agencies in big cities. It was a profitable business for several years, but many clients were not fully satisfied. Something was missing. According to Joe Olsen, CEO of Rova, that something was the strategy that would wed digital production to […]

Billboard Disrupted

When a giant technology company releases an innovative new product, the creative community must experiment with it to see what the technology can do, and how it might be used to entertain or inform customers. McCann Lima, for one, has Google’s Cardboard figured out. The agency created a breakthrough sampling program and virtual-reality experience for […]

Disappearing Photos? Oh Snap!

Snap, Inc., the parent company of SnapChat, self-identifies as a camera company. This new “camera company” is about to unveil its initial public offering and raise billions of dollars in the process. It’s a topic we explored thoroughly on The Bean Cast this week. Snap reported that its messaging service had 158 million daily active […]

Breathe Into the Bag on Super Bowl Sunday

What do you do when you’re in the bag on Superbowl Sunday? You dial in an Uber ride, or call a cab. But how do you know if you’re drunk enough to not drive? Breathe into the bag! Created for PepsiCo’s snack brand by Goodby Silverstein & Partners, these limited-edition bags contain a sensor connected […]

Putting The Right Tech In Place To Meet Customers’ Sensory Needs

In certain circles, marketing automation is all the rage. People are genuinely excited by the idea that a machine can be programmed to anticipate a customer’s needs. Mostly this means a customer’s need for another email notification, but the idea behind marketing automation is much bigger than that. In the hospitality industry, for instance, it’s […]