Grammys Get GoPros, Amazon In Retail And Diet Coke’s B ...

This was a big week in marketing, as the Super Bowl shined a spotlight on the best and worst of advertising (read my recap here) and there were big announcements on everything from Diet Coke’s bold reimagining of bottle design, to Amazon’s retail ambitions that are shaking up an entire industry. In this weeks issue

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The Best And Worst Of Super Bowl 2016 Marketing Strategy

I’m supposed to listen to people. As a marketer, I have read thousands of pages of consumer studies and surveys. I have spent time on stage in front of thousands more trying to share insights they want to hear. Super Bowl Sunday, however, is the one day of the year when I stop listening to people

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The Death Of Gender (And What It Means For Marketing)

There are plenty of signs that the way we have typically described gender may be dying before our very eyes. In Austria last year, the winner of Eurovision’s popular song contest was a 26 year old drag queen with a beard named Conchita Wurst. Earlier this year, Sweden officially became the first country to add

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5 Lessons From Shockingly Honest Marketing Campaigns

Robert Townsend is one of the most underappreciated leaders in history. He is not a household business name like Steve Jobs or Jack Welch. He didn’t lead an organization into making products to change the world. In fact, many of the employees that now work at the company he once led have probably never even

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What Coke Can Teach McDonald’s About Love

I should have loved McDonald’s ambitious Super Bowl ad promoting the idea that customers could pay with “lovin’” instead of cash. Any marketer should.  It’s bold, innovative, and takes a stand.  McDonald’s believes we should be nicer to each other and have a little more fun. What could be a better brand message than that?

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Batkid, Bollywood and the Rise Of Everyday Stardom

On the morning of November 15, 2013, most of San Francisco woke up with no idea that their city was about to be saved by a superhero.  The fact that this particular superhero happened to be less than four feet tall and was only five years old were details most of the city would only

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Best and Worst Of Superbowl 2015 Marketing Strategy

There are a surprising number of people who believe that I don’t like puppies. Every year the day after the Super Bowl when the votes are tallied rating all the ads, the ads with puppies always mainstream favorites.  Meanwhile, for the past four years I have published my own list of winners and losers based

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Why Facebook’s War On Marketing Is A Good Thing

Facebook has brands worried … again. A recent article headline from Ad Age magazine summed up this concern perfectly, announcing that “Facebook Cuts Brands’ Reach Once Again.” Of course they did. One of the biggest issues facing the largest social media platforms today is how to monetize their offerings. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are all working

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Why Brands Should Stop Idolizing Oreo’s Social Media S ...

Today is great timing for a Halloween promotion. Everyone is talking about costumes, candies and spooky stuff as they prepare for the rare treat of a Friday evening Halloween. If you happened to visit Oreo on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter today, you would see what seems like another piece of social media brilliance from

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5 Epic Marketing Lessons From The Best Small Ad Agencies In ...

If there’s an argument against using a small advertising agency, I’ve probably used it. After 15 years leading work for dozens of clients at two of the biggest ad agencies in the world, and participating in close to 100 pitches—I know how to argue against a smaller competitor. Yet for more than a year now,

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