Pinterest Keeps It Positive Says, “Don’t Dont’ Yourself”

The Internet can go from promised land to hell hole in a quick minute. We the people who spend way too much time scrolling and clicking through the digital morass (in order to find meaningful connections, community, and an audience) know this to be true. Academics, doctors, and journalists know it to be true. Even […]

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Keep Bastrop Boring

Bastrop County is a fast-growing neighbor to Travis County—the home of Austin, the University of Texas, the state capitol, Austin FC, Austin City Limits, Oracle, Tesla, and so on. Bastrop is also directly downriver from Tesla’s new world headquarters and car-making factory. When Elon Musk moved from California to Texas, his Boring Company quickly set […]

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In the Metaverse, Speculators Pursue Their Virtual Dream States

It’s 2022. You no longer need to be governed by physical constraints. Today, you can enter the metaverse, inhabit a virtual body, live in a virtual home, and interact with other avatars in a world of make-believe. If you’re a developer, you can also create new “worlds” that attract visitors and investors ready to spend […]

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Drift, Wait and Obey—It Worked for Kipling, It Can Work for You

“When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey.” -Rudyard Kipling It’s Thursday and I’d like to throw it way back to ancient Greece and Rome and look at how ancient wisdom can guide us today. According to Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, the ancient Greeks […]

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Say “Gay”

From a political point of view, Florida and Texas appear to be in a race to the bottom. The governors and state legislatures in both of these densely populated sunbelt states are working overtime to forward a reality that spookily mirrors the dystopian states that some of our best writers have depicted. The politicians are […]

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“Owning A Large Portion of the Best Talent” Is Pre-COVID Thinking

Like so many businesses, the agency business is a talent business from top to bottom. Nothing good happens without extraordinary efforts made by dedicated, gifted people working as one. Agency heads used to say the agency’s “best assets,” a.k.a. the talent, walk out the door and go down the elevator each evening. Of course, these […]

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Please Select Gold or Oil

Stress. It comes in a host of different forms today. One of the leading causes of stress for information workers is working with too much information. For example, should one invest in NFTs and crypto, right now? If you do want to invest in alternate currencies, how much do you know about it, and how […]

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Ed-Tech Predictions for 2022

Brainly, the world’s largest online learning platform and homework help community, is delivering predictions for the future of EdTech in the new year. AI-Enabled Adaptive Learning The growth of technological capabilities means that a variety of media and learning-support tools now exist to help students receive a high-quality education through the Internet. Teachers can appreciate […]

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Stanley Black & Decker To Help Train 3M Skilled Workers

Building healthy brands and companies that last requires long-term vision from the leadership team. As brand managers look to the future, some of the problems that will be waiting for them begin to reveal themselves. For instance, today there are 10 million manufacturing jobs around the world that remain unfulfilled due to a lack of […]

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How To Stop Boring People and Make Your Presentations Sing

When you have an important presentation deck to make—and present—do you want to say all there is to know and impress the viewers with the depth of your research and knowledge on the subject? In your desire to make a good showing, did you weigh your deck down with text and graphs and lopsided thinking […]

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Media and Marketing Workers Enlist the Help of Labor Unions

Do unions and does unionization stand a chance of being adopted in the world of advertising, marketing, and media companies? “Unlikely,” is my instant gut-level response. But before the idea is rejected outright by me or by you, let’s spend a few minutes imagining a future where employees have much stronger footing and greater standing […]

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Airbnb Steps Up To Help Afghan Refugees Find A Safe Place to Stay

Airbnb and Airbnb.org will provide temporary housing to 20,000 Afghan refugees worldwide. The company’s CEO, Brian Chesky, announced the move yesterday on Twitter. The displacement and resettlement of Afghan refugees in the US and elsewhere is one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time. We feel a responsibility to step up. — Brian Chesky […]

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Dear Highly Acclaimed Copywriter, Bre Fern Is Going To Outwork You

ShoutLA conducted an interview with Bre Fernandez, senior copywriter at BBDO NY and co-founder of BreakingAD—an Instagram account that helps introduce creative people to the ad agency business. During the interview, she opens up about her childhood and how it shaped who she is today: Can you open up a bit about your work and […]

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The Ad Business Has A Problem with Boys Clubs, a.k.a. Creep Rings

The ad business is a Boys Club of the highest order. Zoe Scaman, a strategist, recently reaffirmed this fact and set the Interwebs on fire with her front-line reporting of the abuse she endured while working in agencies not her own. Her narrative is both raw and ugly as can be. Painful though it is, […]

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One Man with Exceptional Vision Can Help Many Others See

Rishad Tobaccowala is the singular voice rising above all others, for me, and for many others working to make better communications and stronger and more meaningful bonds with customers. Rishad is a Senior Advisor to Publicis Groupe, a holding company with 80,000 people. He also freely shares his insights with anyone who wants to subscribe […]

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It’s Time for New Routes Up the Agency New Business Mountain

There are a few people working in the agency business who truly love the new business game. The hot pursuit. The pressure that creates diamonds, and eventually, the thrill of victory. But none among us wants to experience the agony of defeat. Nevertheless, we all do. It’s part of life and part of business life […]

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Ad Chatter with Featured Guest, Professor and Author, Deb Morrison

In this fun, informative, and optimistic episode of Ad Chatter, Dan Goldgeier speaks with featured guest, Deborah Morrison, Ph.D. Morrison is the Carolyn Silva Chambers Distinguished Professor of Advertising at the University of Oregon. She’s also hard at work finishing her new book, Brave Work in the Age of Climate Change. Her book takes one […]

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Shine On You Crazy Diamonds

I asked Darby to turn off her Slack notifications earlier this summer. The constant pinging from her office was driving me slightly mad. As with any new tech, it’s how you choose to use it. Thankfully, Slack has many customization settings and a bevy of How-To videos to dive into for new users. Slack also […]

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There’s A New School In Ad City, It Is Free To Attend and “Unapologetically Black”

Access—you can’t get there without it. In the advertising agency business, access has been afforded to the few. The industry is elite by design. The people on the inside ask those on the outside to “break-in,” if they can. The entire set up is adversarial from the get-go. Yes, there’s talk of a meritocracy for […]

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Business Journalists Have Harder Truths To Tell, And Now Is the Time

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” -George Bernard Shaw I have covered the marketing, media, and advertising industries on this website for 15.5 years now. What began as a place to have digital “watercooler discussions” about ads, quickly grew into something bigger and better. Adpulp.com has […]

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