What USA Network Knows About Branding That MTV Doesn't

The day that Michael Jackson died, I turned to MTV for the first time in several years. Like others in the so-called MTV Generation sandwiched between the youngest of Generation X and the oldestof Generation Y, I remembered growing up in the 80s with the battle cry of "I want my MTV!" On that day,

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How The iPad Will Transform Mainstream Media (But NOT The We ...

If you believe some pundits and fanboys, the coming of the iPad and the new market for Tablet PCs that it is expected to open up will revolutionize how I use a computer. It will change the way I browse the Internet, do email and make coffee in the mornings. Here are a few choice

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Twiangulate Lets You Follow Your Followers' Followers

Let me go on the record to say that if you happen to be a vendor of some type of social networking solution or software that would be useful for an agency like Ogilvy, hands down one of your most effective methods of advertising has to be to target the Ogilvy network on Facebook with

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Southwest vs. United: Why Authenticity Wins, Even In TV Adve ...

Over the course of two days, I saw two stark examples of what could easily be considered the best and worst of airline advertising messages encompassed in two ads done for domestic US-based airlines. Let’s start with the worst from United: What makes this ad so ineffective? First of all, the call to action to

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Got Controversy? Why Your Brand Needs One Today

A recently released book that I contributed to asked the question with it’s subtitle, "why don’t they get it?" It’s a fitting question today, as brands are often divided into those that understand the power of conversation and those that don’t. Slowly, however, brands are adding their names to the ranks of those that get

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Why Only Stupid Marketers Use Age As A Demographic

Sometimes I can’t resist a post that will result in a few irate responses. This is likely going to be one of them. It is essentially about my distaste for something that I have seen far too many marketers blindly rely on … age statistics. Just about every web site that tries to sell advertising

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The Softer Side Of Measuring Social Media

How do you measure your social media efforts? How should you? Most people in the industry talk generally about measuring engagement as a concept and cite examples such as time spent on a site or number of comments, or inbound links as ways to track this. Others talk about ad equivalency (ie how much you

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Chili's Solves Your Takeout Problems

The restaurant chain Chili’s has a new marketing campaign out called "Right and Right On Time." It is based on three surprisingly revolutionary concepts in the category of takeout food: They will get your order right They will give you an exact time to pick it up. They will print your order prominently on their

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7 Ways To Publish A Book For Marketing

I love books. Not just for the power of conveying an idea through a printed form, but also for the emotional significance of actually holding a book in your hands. More and more recently I have been books become a brilliant marketing tool for everyone, from political candidates to technology companies. Along the way, there

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JupiterImages Introduces Loyalty Program for Stock Photo Buy ...

There was a time about a year and a half ago when I used to run all of our client’s search marketing on Google and Yahoo on my personal corporate card. It was, as you might expect, a logistical nightmare to put in all the expense claims for that (particularly since Google insisted on charging

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