Learning To Use the Software You Need on the Job Is High-Value Education

Students need a break today, and not at McDonald’s. The financial burdens that come with tuition, textbooks, room and board, laptops and mobile phones, clothes, etc. can be overwhelming. Plus, there’s the all the coursework, reading, writing, and attending class to do, on top of family and work obligations. Making sure you have all the […]

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Celebrity Cruises Wants To “Feed Your Head”

How many classic rock songs can one generation of creative directors tap? The Rolling Stones’ catalog is available for commercial purposes, along with Bob Dylan’s and so many more. Now, in its newest spot, Celebrity Cruises goes back 52 years in time to LSD-dipped San Francisco. I admit that travel can be exotic, but it […]

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Destroyed Its Inventory of AR-15s

Assault weapons are for soldiers. This is not another decision being handed down by a hapless and corrupt government. And it’s not a debate. It’s action being taken by conscious CEOs like Ed Stack of Dick’s Sporting Goods. According to the local CBS station in Pittsburgh, it was just after the Sandy Hook attack that […]

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Houston Rockets GM Tweets His Support for Student Protestors in Hong Kong (BIG MISTAKE)

According to Foreign Policy, “an American business with a global footprint, one that prides itself on supporting freedom of speech in America, recently became an arm of Chinese censorship.” Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his way into a shitstorm—by supporting democracy. Morey has since deleted the Tweet proclaiming to “stand […]

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Sports Illustrated Not Going to the Bloggers

Meredith Corporation unloaded Sports Illustrated for a mere $110 million last May. Marketing and brand development company Authentic Brands Group was the buyer. Authentic Brands, which owns licensing rights to companies like Juicy Couture and celebrities like Muhammad Ali, has zero experience running a media company. Given their need for help, the new owner of […]

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Comscore Charged with Fraud by SEC

Do you trust your data? Do you trust your data provider? Do you trust that someone on your team will parse the data that you do trust into common sense insights that can be acted upon? People say data is more valuable than gold. People also say all that glitters is not gold. I once […]

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Boots on the Ground: Timberland To Help Plant 50 Million Trees

Brand purpose has plenty of detractors inside the ad industry. For example, Simon White, chief strategy officer at FCB West argues: “When brands advertise their favorite social cause, instead of meeting consumers’ goals, the advertising becomes irrelevant, ineffective and annoying.” White adds, “When it comes to advertising, don’t start with your why, start with theirs.” […]

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Today’s Clumsy Rookie Is Tomorrow’s Skilled Worker

Labor Day weekend is almost here. Carhartt, America’s premium workwear brand since 1889, will close all retail stores, the corporate office, and U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities on Labor Day to honor its employees and pay tribute to the country’s hardest working people. Tony Ambroza, Chief Brand Officer at Carhartt, said, “We are committed to […]

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Find A Great Writer Or Team of Writers To Move Your Audience

Writers needs champions like Andy Greenway, executive creative director at Dentsu Singapore. He’s a person who believes deeply in the power of writing to change the course of a business and the world for the better. “Great writing is the foundation of progress,” he posits. Greenway also argues that, “A great creative agency is built […]

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Open Up Twelve Or More Ounces of Yee-Haw

People love sparkling water. Sparkling water is a thing. Therefore, the sparkling water market is getting crowded. Mexican-made Topo Chico (now owned by Coca-Cola) is dominant throughout Texas, but in Austin, there are five local choices and La Croix ain’t on the menu, much less Perrier. Big Swig Sparkling Water, Rambler Sparkling Water, Richard’s Sparkling […]

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Put Some Serious Stock In Slack

Are you on Slack? Over 10 million people log on to the messaging App every day. People in all sorts of industries are deciding if it’s a helpful tool or a nagging reminder (that there are unread messages waiting for you to act on). The answers to these questions will vary depending on how your […]

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Bud Light Introduces A New Generation To A Classic Strain of Comedy

Serial content is the best content. Satirical serial content that resurrects a classic ad campaign from the 90s whilst skewering social media? Even better. Case in point, Bud Light has introduced seven new “Internet Heroes of Genius” spots on their YouTube channel. Bud Light has long had a well-honed sense of humor. What’s changed is […]

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Inside the Chief Marketer’s Mind: Ann Mukherjee

Ann Mukherjee is chief global commercial officer at SC Johnson. Formerly, she was President, Pepsico Global Snacks and Chief Marketing Officer, Frito-Lay North America. She’s a fast-talking client who understands what it takes to build brands. This is a quick, insightful video. Let’s hear what she has to say. Like many accomplished people Mukherjee speaks her […]

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The New Frontier In Privacy: Your Face

Agree or disagree? Communications technology, like all new technology, is neither good nor evil. I believe what we choose to do with technology is what matters. For instance, Facial Recognition Technology (FRT) can be used for the good of all, or it can be used by a draconian surveillance state to control a population. Last […]

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Betabrand Is Using Its Retail Space to Elevate the Spoken Word, a.k.a. Storytelling

Betabrand, the San Francisco-based clothing retailer has begun a new experiment to increase its brand awareness: making their store into the Bay Area’s premiere live podcasting venue.    On Thursdays the Betabrand store becomes a showplace for popular podcasters, some of whom have traveled from as far away as New York to take the stage […]

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The Saturday Morning Marcom Mashup

I call Adpulp, “The Chronicle of Bright Ideas,” because I’m a collector and admirer of smart thinking and elegant doing. After a long week with my head inside a strategy deck, I’m now choosing to unwind on Saturday morning by reflecting more deeply on three articles in my cue. 1- “Brand First” Is the Wrong […]

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Forging An Ironclad Brand Gives Us Much-Needed Marketing Basics and More

In an age where so many books on branding and marketing resort to a gimmicky approach, it’s refreshing to get a back-to-basics but comprehensive look at the business. That’s what we get with Lindsay Pedersen’s Forging an Ironclad Brand: A Leader’s Guide. This book really is a lengthy Branding 101 lesson. Pedersen starts with defining […]

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Advertising Is A Critical Spoke On the Marketing Communications Wheel

Advertising lives at the top of the customer experience funnel. Thus, it’s important to make and run great advertising. It’s equally important to realize that no matter how high quality the ads, and how spot-on the messaging is, advertising is only one of several important parts of the customer’s experience journey. Smart brand managers use […]

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Our Relationship To Money Is Changing, Visa Wants To Talk About It

Women today are challenging gender norms and tackling taboo topics, but there’s one taboo topic that remains unaddressed: money. According to research, Millennial women feel more comfortable talking about sex than money. Visa wants to change that. This week, Visa is launching phase two of its popular social and digital series ‘Money is Changing’ with the help […]

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Sonic Branding And The Sound of Newly Minted Money

Sonic branding is catching on. Just last week, Mastercard unveiled their new sonic identity not long after their move to a new wordless logo. Mastercard, unlike so many others, recognizes the power of sound to help distinguish themselves in a crowded marketplace. Furthermore, with the explosion of smart speaker devices on the horizon, the time […]

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