What You Can Learn From Philatelic Marketing

Raise your hand if you know what philately is.  OK, major geek points for you if you got it right.  For the rest of you, philately is the fancy name for the study of stamps, commonly related to the hobby of stamp collecting.  Last weekend I was in Lima for a good friend’s wedding and

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IdeaBar: Still Seeking The Great Semacode Marketing Idea

Gizmodo just posted a piece about how H&M is using semacodes imprinted onto Billboard ads in Europe for clothes to allow consumers to purchase an item of clothing directly from their phone.  I am a big fan of the promise of semacodes for marketing because they can offer a reliable way to let consumers interact

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Branding the Subcontinent: India's Inspiring 60th Anniv ...

Today is India’s 60th Anniversary of Independence and there is lots of discussion on Indian blogs about the significance of this day and what it means for the country.  It will come as no surprise for admirers of the Bollywood film industry that India’s culture is one driven by film and music.  The blockbuster Bollywood

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Behind the Scenes At The Battle of Kruger

One of the hottest videos on YouTube this past year is the Battle at Kruger video featuring the amazingly watchable battle of lions, crocodiles and buffaloes on a Safari.  The video is nearing 8 million views in just a few months, and is an obvious prediction to take over the crown from the Free Hugs

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The Not-So-Secret Way Virgin America Will Reinvent US Air Tr ...

Virgin is not in the business of music.  Or credit cards.  Or mobile phones.  Or space travel.  Though the brand has done remarkably well in translating its popularity from one business to the next – they are actually in the business of reinventing stagnant industries.  Just look at the track record of industries that they

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Live Earth Includes DC, Thanks To The Native Americans

Today might be the largest simultaneous social marketing event ever staged – as Live Earth concerts light up stadium stages on 7.5 stages on 7 continents.  In case you’re wondering, the "0.5" stage is right here in DC.  The concert taking place now is at the American Indian Museum after they offered their venue for

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One Hour No Power Campaign – And Other Ways to Save Th ...

I love a good grassroots campaign to change the world – and usually I do all I can to help these causes when I find them.  The latest one that’s caught my attention is the "One Hour No Power" campaign which is asking everyone today at midday in your local time to forego using all

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Intel Launches Chinese Language Technology Blog

Intel, a current Ogilvy PR client, has just launched a new Chinese language blog focused on technology and is generating some great conversation through comments already.  Unfortunately, automated translation software cannot provide a coherent picture of the content yet – so you might be out of luck with getting much from the content of the

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Flat Whites in DC: Why Thinking Outside Your Region Matters

There is a restaurant in the Washington DC area called Cassatts which is the only location in all of DC where you can get a flat white.  For most people that might not mean much, but for anyone who has lived in Australia or New Zealand, the thought of starting a morning without your flat

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The Indian Film Festival, Permanence and the Internet

Last night I had the chance to attend the opening of the Indian Film Festival here in LA, which opened with a film called Provoked featuring Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews.  The film tackles the difficult topic of domestic violence and is based on a true story.  After watching the story being told and thinking

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