New Feature Film from Red Bull Media House (One of 600 Pieces of Content)

Content is not king. Red Bull’s content is king. Werner Brell, managing director of Red Bull Media House, made a rare public appearance at the Content All Stars summit in New York recently. Journalist and MBA, Dorian Benkoil, was there to speak with him for Mediashift. I joked to Brell that a toilet paper company […]

It’s 2014, Do You Know Where Your Investment In Content Is?

When it comes to content marketing, Wunderman UK is all in. According to Campaign, the agency that invented the 1-800 toll-free number for businesses is now organizing its storytelling talent for better visibility, and profitability. Wunderman’s new content studio will consist of 25 content strategists, editors, writers, creatives and analysts. The move is part of […]

Diet Coke-Fueled Taylor Swift And A Room Full of Kittens (Need We Say More)

Cats rule the internet. But does the feline brand of cuteness transfer well to TV? Let’s look at this new Diet Coke spot, “Kittens,” developed by Droga5 New York for evidence. Filmed in New York City and directed by Keith Schofield, “Kittens” is the third TV spot for Diet Coke’s “Get A Taste” campaign. The […]

When Content Scores Points For Brands, It Doesn’t Need Much Defense

People like my friend Bob Hoffman, a.k.a. The Ad Contrarian, at times grow fatigued by all the hubbub around social media and content marketing. Bob says, “Content is a meaningless term — a media contrivance — invented by bullshit artists to add gravitas and mystery to mundane marketing activities.” Yes, Hoffman is a humorist at […]

Move 10% to 25% of Your Client’s TV Spending To Online Video

Daryl Simm, chief executive officer of Omnicom Group’s media operations, overseas roughly $54.4 billion in advertising spending around the globe. According to The Wall Street Journal, Simm has been advising advertisers such as PepsiCo, Visa, McDonald’s and Apple to move 10% to 25% of their TV dollars to online video. It’s an exciting prospect. Say […]

Columbia Sportswear Films Brand Advocates On Field Trip In Jordan

Columbia Sportswear has been “trying stuff since 1938.” Now, with the help of CMD in Portland the recreational clothing maker is trying on the content producer’s role with the release of a new brand-sponsored documentary, I Am #OMNITEN. Each year Columbia selects ten more people to join its #omniten program. The #omniten are not full […]

Salute Garage Rock With A Captain & Coke

Given that many lifestyle brands are also publishers today, brands have an opportunity to bring beauty and intelligence into the world, not just more “Look at Me!” adverts. For instance, King Tuff’s new single, “Danger in the Dark,” was created for the Captain Morgan brand’s new global advertising campaign, The Tavern Series, which premiered in […]

See All This Content? I Also Provide It To Clients

“Keep your day job, until your night job pays.” -Hunter/Garcia If there is one lesson I might share with you from nearly a decade as an ad blogger, it is this: Do not start with a blog and then go looking for a business to support it. Business first, then blog. The reality is I […]