Branding Secrets Of Lin Manuel Miranda, Inside The Hyperloop ...


This week was filled with big news about big brands. Google revealed its upcoming roadmap of innovation. Fast Company interviewed the creator of the wildly popular musical Hamilton on how he built such a powerful brand so quickly. Slate offered a glimpse into the secret brilliance of Under Armour’s non-lifestyle basketball shoe inspired by Steph

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Why Instagram Reinvented Its Newsfeed, Racist Zip Codes and ...


Want these insights before anyone else? Join my email list to receive a curated list of top non-obvious stories of the week and useful insights like these every Thursday – a full 24 hours before they are published on this blog!  Click here to subscribe >> For the past week, you’ve likely heard all about SXSW

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Whiny Millennials, Selfie Payments and Yelp Sells Its Data


This past week included the biggest event in mobile tech in Barcelona, the continuing #OscarsSoWhite drama about lack of diversity at the Academy Awards and our long awaited permission from Facebook to have emotions other than “Like” to describe how we feel. Going beyond the obvious is the focus every week in this newsletter, so rather than rehash the biggest

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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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Batkid, Bollywood and the Rise Of Everyday Stardom

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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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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 Lessons From The Best Social Media Book You’ve Never ...

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I have suffered through reading more social media books than you can imagine. Thanks to ten years of blogging and writing several marketing books along the way, I’m clearly on the “official” list of potential book reviewers. Unfortunately after reading dozens of these hastily published books over the years, I find it hard to recall

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7 Reasons GE Is The Most Strategic Brand In Social Media


Marketers love to celebrate forgettable things. Every week I read magazines covering the most popular marketing campaigns of the moment. Reading about creative campaigns is fun. Yet it is easy to underappreciate the brands who take a long term view. The brands that choose to skip the quest for momentary results can be forgotten in

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7 Useful Lessons From The Corporate Social Media Summit


After two days of conversations about social media with 25 of the world’s largest brands, perhaps the nicest benefit is that you don’t hear the same conclusions or experiences over and over. For the third year in a row, I had the chance to moderate and lead the Corporate Social Media Summit in NY – which

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