Ritz Camera Puts Carmen Electra Behind the Lens

In a promotion for charity announced yesterday and noted on the Cancer Blog, Ritz Camera will partner with Carmen Electra to promote two new printing services, standard square print sizes of 5" and 6", and the ability to also get large prints in 1 hour (previously unavailable).  Aside from the interesting partnership with Head for

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Eons.com Offers a New Online Community for Boomers 50+

Several weeks ago, I had the chance to speak with Jeff Taylor (founder of Monster.com) about Eons.com, his latest venture launching today.  The site is targeted to the increasingly influential group of boomers aged 50+ who are now either contemplating retirement or engaged in "active retirement."  Aside from the new advertising opportunities the site offers,

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Yahoo Uses Giants of Advertising to Inspire Agencies

Working in advertising today, at least partially, is about nostalgia.  Dreams of making a career in creative ads that the world would be talking about are still around on Madison Avenue, though becoming more of a fantasy in a world that has found and embraced Tivo.  Yet the most powerful image of the golden age

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SixApart Provides a Model for Customer Segmentation

Yesterday I received my email invite to Vox, SixApart’s new blogging platform focused on helping people to launch personal blogs.  For some time now, I have been an admirer of SixApart’s marketing strategy and business plan for blogging.  Since I originally chose Typepad to host my blog, I have found their tools to be easy

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Wikimapia, Google's Green Summer and Marketing Mashups

Wikimapia is one of the most recent mashups with Google maps getting a lot of love on del.icio.us lately.  The site is a global effort to get people to describe the places they live in the same way that Wikipedia has become a global encyclopedia of knowledge on nearly every topic in the world.  The

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In Pursuit of Clickable Video

One of the biggest buzz-inducing topics at Vloggercon this weekend was the concept of product placement in online video content and how this ability to incorporate an advertiser’s message directly into the story might offer vlogs the greatest chance of winning traditional TV advertisers.  There are a few shows, like FrenchMaidTV or 88Slide that I

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Nikon Uses Flickr to Launch the Nikon Stunning Gallery

When Yahoo acquired Flickr and del.icio.us – the question on most marketers minds was how they would integrate these into profitable networks for advertising without alienating already loyal users who were used to an ad-free experience.  The answer for the first few months after acquisition appeared to be to do nothing other than add the

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Widget Marketing

When I was in business school, "widgets" were the term that we used to refer to units of a fictional product in case studies.  Today, widgets are those smart little applications meant to be used as small utilities in a blog, operating system or web browser.  A few months ago, SixApart launched Typepad Widgets to

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Inside The Da Vinci Code Marketing Strategy

After much fanfare over the last few weeks, The Da Vinci Code opens in theaters across the US today.  Though some early reviews from the Cannes Film Festival premier have been less than perfect, there is no denying that the marketing machine behind the film has generated buzzworthy firsts, from partnering with Google to open

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Google Rates your Password Strength

Most of us have awful password etiquette, using the same easy-to-remember password across multiple sites, and only really choosing secure passwords when there is a specific system in place preventing us from using a simpler one.  Financial institutions have gotten better at preventing fraud and password hacking, in part because consumers are also realizing that

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