Holding Tight To TV

Ad Age executive editor, Jonah Bloom, questions why big agencies are so slow to adapt in today’s adapt-or-die business environment. Despite an overwhelming mass of evidence that their business models are fatally flawed and their service offerings out of step with many marketers’ demands, the biggest agencies have done remarkably little to substantially reinvent themselves. […]

Apple Needs Some Muscle In DC

Washington Post: What if the federal government were about to give away more than $400 billion in grants, but only people whose computers ran on Microsoft software could apply? That is the predicament that many scientists, scholars and others say they are in as the government enters the final phase of its five-year effort to […]

The Importance Of Intellectual Capital

Courtesy of Tom Asacker: Abraham Lincoln on chopping down a tree “If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four hours sharpening the axe”. Instead, what do most marketers do? They take a whack at the tree, put down the axe, measure the cut, pick up the axe, whack […]

Rollin’ With The Changes

Jennifer Rice: One of my favorite posts over the past two years is titled Blogging and the Singularity. If you’re not familiar with the Singularity, it’s the point when societal, scientific and economic change is so fast we cannot imagine what will happen from our present perspective. The idea is based on the premise that […]

Drive Away From The Storm

USA TODAY: Car-rental giant Hertz has changed its contracts to make customers responsible for damage from acts of nature. It told its best customers last month that they’ll be responsible for auto damage from natural causes such as windstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes. In the past, it was the rental firm’s responsibility. Avis and Budget are […]

Your Country Needs You

I was surprised last night to hear President Bush freely admit that our nation is addicted to oil and that we need to correct that problem in a hurry. He aslo admitted that we’re falling behind in math and science, and that we need to address this problem to remain competitive in the global marketplace. […]

Hollywood’s Re-org

William C. Taylor and Polly LaBarre for The New York Times: Sure, Disney’s deal last week to acquire Pixar is about big money — how Steven P. Jobs turned a fledgling outfit that he had bought for $10 million into a juggernaut valued at $7.4 billion. And, yes, it is about a big strategic shift […]

“The Man” Is Snooping Through Facebook

Daily Bruin: Employers are beginning to use sites such as Facebook to access personal information of candidates for employment, said Kathy Sims, director of the UCLA Career Center. And not all employers are pleased with what they find. Sims said there have been several cases of employers rescinding job offers to student candidates because of […]