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.
September 7th 2014
Advertising is a merging of customer experience, public relations, and art. But rather than ennobling clients, these brands have ads that suggest their clients are perhaps a bit lacking. Our clients are sub-standard, so is our reward programEnterprise’s customer experience is a one I hold up as an example at conferences on service design, but [...]
August 1st 2014
Boston, a city based on on imagination should be fun to promote. Rather than swinging for the stands, my local CVB has made a perplexing bunt of an advertisement now appearing at Boston’s Logan Airport.
March 3rd 2013
I’ve been seeing quite a few agencies claiming to be “anti-agencies”. There are lots of reasons why the agency business model should evolve, but new ways of creating value rarely start with positioning.
February 14th 2013
This week Maker’s Mark announced they’d respond to a shortage of their premium whiskey by watering it down. Though I like my bourbon with water, here’s why Maker’s Mark might not.
January 31st 2013
A quick look at revenue growth over three years shows that companies loved by their clients grew more than twice as fast as Super Bowl advertisers.
October 3rd 2012
Benjamin Banks, the unnerving spokes pig thing is back…standing on his hind legs and telling young people to start saving. But without the connection of saving to happiness, a pig telling me how to get cheaper smokes doesn’t make we want to save. It just makes me want to shower.
August 28th 2012
Lots of brands face challenges, but Microsoft’s recent work looks like what happens when marketers give up. Here are a few samples of their latest and a view of how much cooler this brand could be.
March 13th 2012
Just as these CAPTCHA kittens strike “fluffy adorable fear” in to the hearts of spambots, your brand can gain influence by showing its personality. Its as easy as counting cats.
July 14th 2011
Some of the absolute best social media work anywhere is being done by a century-old firm you probably already know. The Hartford’s Achieve Without Limits is taking cause marketing to “at-scale success”. Come take a look.