Category Archives: Branding

Is cult status better than viral?

We always look at the shiny object and tend to over-glorify a campaign that went “viral.” One thing we tend to neglect are companies that have surpassed viral and went more cultish – think Apple. While Apple has their followers, I would tend to argue that they may not be as passionate as the fans…

Cutting through the clutter

Our lives are filled with clutter. News. TV.  Ads.  Email.  Twitter. Facebook. While all are great, they contribute to the clutter that we see. Standing out and earning and holding someone’s attention is getting harder and harder. This goes for both personal and marketing communication. We’ve all been there – tuning out our significant other…

@shaq sings The Gambler at #SXSW

He doesn’t know the words, but Shaq has it.

What’s the value of a good story?

Storytelling is one of the oldest traditions in the world. Some of our greatest tales (the Odyssey, the Iliad, the Tortoise and the Hare, Santa Clause) have been handed down from generation to generation. The value of these timeless stories is often in the lessons that they convey. Fast forward to today – storytelling is…

Roughing up the content marketing game

The ads read aloud: “You Want the NFL? Go to the NFL.” You’ve probably heard it a few times on Sunday. While you might think of the NFL’s unique programing or Thursday Night Football games on the NFL Network, it really points to their content marketing machine. The NFL’s website has evolved into a 24/7…

What brand are you?

Last week I attended an off-site meeting for work. At the beginning of the meeting, we were given the ice-breaker question If you were a brand, which one would you be? As the group went around the table a lot of brands were thrown out there (Nike, Converse, Harley Davidson, and Dodge). When it came…

Are you green-washing to build up your marketing database?

Last week a conversation in my office really got under my skin. My coworkers Cristina and Karen were discussing that a large retailer asked them if they wanted to be green and have their store receipt emailed over to them. Now on the surface this seems very logical, less paper equals less trees being cut…

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