Sports Fans and the Anti-You Website

Dec 30, 2005

Few causes polarize and fire up people like supporting their sports teams, no matter the sport.  While the passion of supporting a team is strong, hatred often proves to be stronger.  People are most vocal when it comes to the things they agree with – a truth that drives politics, advocacy groups, sports, and yes

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Using Advertising for Micropayments

Dec 29, 2005

One of the biggest hurdles that online publishers have faced in trying to make money from content has been the lack of a single standard for micropayments.  While services like Paypal have made strides in popularizing a form of digital cash, micropayments of less than 1 cent still remain impossible online.  As a result, sites

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Are Customers Photoshopping Your Logo?

Dec 28, 2005

I remember about five or six years ago going through Coke’s brand guidelines for agencies in preparation for a project we were about to design for them.  It was a nearly 50 page document with details about everything from pantone colors, to reverse out instructions to where to place the trademark symbol in relation to

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Easing the Responsibility of Blogging

Dec 27, 2005

You’re interested in sharing your insights into communications challenges and issues with the world. That’s a great start. But are you really ready to take on the responsibility a weblog brings? Because it isn’t one you should take on lightly. Writing a successful weblog is a time-consuming affair … This initial welcoming and warning is

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Strong Support for the Tagging Revolution

Dec 12, 2005

If there is one takeaway from two recent Yahoo acquisitions, it’s certainly that they believe in the social computing phenomenon of tagging.  Through buying Flickr, Upcoming.org and deli.cio.us – they have brought strong players in the social bookmarking revolution that have witnessed amazing growth over the past few years under the same roof.  Clearly, this

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Marketing the Director's Cut Online

Dec 08, 2005

One of the most engaging and talked about ads in recent months was the Sony Bravia ad where they sent 250,000 coloured balls down the streets of San Francisco and filmed them as a metaphor for the amazing colour viewers will get from their latest technical innovation in digital television viewing (Color like no other). 

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The Consumer as Advertiser

Dec 07, 2005

With all of the attention devoted to the many new ways that consumers are finding to avoid advertising, from Tivos to popup blockers, one interesting result of the explosive growth of personal media is the phenomenon of the consumer as advertiser.  One popular example is when Joe Jaffe created a Nike spot with the hanging

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The 100th Post – A Blog Strategy

Dec 05, 2005

I was looking at the "99" after the number of blog posts in my Typepad login screen and thinking to myself that I should do something significant for this 100th post.  Though I feel a bit like a proud first time parent talking about particularly loud baby burp (ie – I care, but noone else

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Marketing to CIOs & IT Managers

Dec 01, 2005

I’m in San Francisco working on a client project where we are targeting the business to business audience of IT Managers and CIOs.  It is an interesting audience category because of the relative importance of influencers and distribution of the IT purchasing decision across many levels of an enterprise.  As such, it’s also a particularly

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