Where Are Your Passions Leading?

Cartoonist, author and blogger Hugh MacLeod is selling South African Wine in West Texas. Why? Because that’s what passionistas do. MacLeod also believes it’s a good idea to have an “evil plan.” Soo­ner or later you’re going to have to explain to your friends and family EXACTLY why you deci­ded to quit your sta­ble 401K […]

Who Are You?

People have flaws, but sometimes flaws are beautiful. That’s the message Tara Hunt is putting out. We love people who represent the ideal, the perfect, the imperfectly perfect, the happy, the successful, the amazing, positive, go-for-it, wa-hoo in life. And I’m not saying those people don’t exist. They just don’t exist as much as we […]

Chaotic Action Is The New Marketing Imperative

Tom Asacker reminds us that Peter Drucker wrote, “The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous.” Asacker adds to Drucker’s bass line, “the purpose of marketing is to create and keep customers while making selling superfluous.” Great stuff, but how does a brand actually go about “making selling superfluous?” Asacker has an answer: Be […]

Kind Beer, Perfect Package

I recently encountered two beers from Lyons, CO brewery Oskar Blues at Portland’s annual Holiday Ale festival. I liked the Pilsner but was totally impressed by OB’s Gordon Ale, which they describe as their “Velvet M-80.” A few days after the festival, I noticed on Twitter that our local store was carrying Oskar Blues in […]

P.S. The First Democratic Pronunciation of A Brand

In July, we took note of Pepsi’s unusual willingness to accommodate Argentine soda drinkers. Now, Creative Social and Digital Buzz Blog point to this video case study. Pecsi Case from BBDO argentina on Vimeo.

Whatever You Do, Crush It

ABC Radio’s Dan Patterson asked Gary Vaynerchuk of WineLibraryTV some questions about Crush It, his first book in a ten-book deal. The radio interview provides a good overview on the book, which aims to provide a blueprint for others seeking Vaynerchuk-like success on the social Web. I read Crush It today in one sitting. It’s […]

John Byrne Focused on Content, Curation and Community

John Byrne, former editor of BusinessWeek.com and Fast Company, is being swept out in Bloomberg’s takeover of the business title. Like many other media pros, Byrne isn’t looking for another old media structure to save his butt. He’s intent on building something new and hoping, like his fellow entrepreneurs, that he builds something to last. […]

McSweeney’s Is Celebrating Newsprint In A Big Way

San Francisco Panorama is an upcoming 300-plus-page, single-edition newspaper from McSweeney’s, the indie publishing house founded by author Dave Eggers. Six months in the making by McSweeney’s staff based in San Francisco’s Mission District, the Panorama will comprise a main news section including investigative reports, arts and sports sections, a magazine, a book review section, […]