From Dell to EdX, Columbia Sportswear to Red Bull -- advertising is increasingly less about claiming value, and more about delivering it through memorable experiences. That's the secret behind Zeno's Paradox of Marketing.
June 23rd 2015
Friday, the Wall Street Journal rushed to suggest that the Charleston Shooting wasn’t really about race. No, instead, in a year where the sign “Black Lives Matter” has been everywhere, the Journal suggested this shows how far we’ve come. We’re at a moment of change – and my first change is to fire my newspaper which seems to be offering the rejoinder for inaction.
June 21st 2015
The Cause Can’t Be The CureWe need to put the Confederate flag away as a sign of state. And we need to find our way through these discussions relying less on race as an organizing concept of cause or cure. I believe that war is a tragically ineffective way to end war. We may better [...]
June 20th 2015
Knowing what you’re remarkable at allows for gutsy decisions — which this is both for Target and CVS. This sets Target up for recovery, and CVS to continue its growth in to being a national pharmacy leader.
June 15th 2015
The Apple Watch is a watershed product because it is a masterful consumerization of technology, and it begins to show how industries and our lives may change living among an Internet of Things.
February 9th 2015
Phone companies have helped to put laws on near 20 states books to stop cities from providing fast, publicly-owned Internet access. Last month President Obama proposed that the FCC to strike down these rules, and guess who is fighting to block it?
February 2nd 2015
Nationwide insurance ran an ad that children die of preventable accidents couldn’t have been worse placed without being a parody. The sad thing is their long form ad (not aired on the Bowl) got it right.
February 1st 2015
Budweiser sponsors the NFL, a branded suite in a bordello and ads that sell their values but not their beer. This is how a half billion dollar ad budget ends up getting only a reported 4% share of drinkers 21 – 27. What’s up with that?
January 19th 2015
What is it about the human mind that makes it so attracted to the simplicity of rankings? Consider the case of Shimer College, and what happened when it was “objectively” named the worst college in America. And how intellectually bankrupt most college rankings turn out to be.
January 11th 2015
The idea that planning a two week party for nine years will somehow better our focus Boston’s civic efforts that responding to real needs is at once the most optimistic and cynical gambit imaginable.
December 30th 2014
As we sit here hungry for the brief pause between years, here are a dozen or so great starting points for setting your digital course over the next year.