Two Cost-Effective Ways To Boost Customer Engagement

Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post. Customer engagement. These two words are on the tips of marketing communications executive’s tongues from coast to coast today. Without significant and meaningful customer engagement, marketing programs die a silent death. When that happens Chief Marketing Officers and others are forced to find new jobs. Know Your Audience and […]

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Please Pause What You’re Doing and Give Thanks to Women In Advertising

March is Women’s History Month and a great time to look back in advertising history for significant early achievements by women. Here is a revealing document (a list of members of the Advertising Hall of Fame): Thankfully, the list improves through the decades, but perhaps not as dramatically as it should. The 1st Content Queen: […]

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YETI Presents Derrick Begay, Navajo Cowboy

Growing up on the Navajo reservation in rural Arizona, Derrick Begay dreamt of making it as a professional rodeo star. Today, he’s living his dream. Begay has made it to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association national finals six times, and his PRCA Career Earnings equal $1,204,435. Unassuming in person, bold in the ring, Begay knows the ropes […]

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Make Sure Your Brand’s Audio Is In Tune

Do you recognize these sounds? Which brands do they represent? All of these brands carry a distinctive sound. Apple’s power up sound; it’s simple and elegant just like the brand. I can almost imagine Steve Jobs chanting this on one his meditative retreats. NBC’s three-note tag is a mnemonic. It helps you remember the brand […]

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Relax, With WordPress You Can Do Anything

WordPress is the world’s most dominant content management system. According to W3techs, WordPress has 58.55% of the CMS market share — more than all other systems (eg, Drupal, Joomla) combined. Did you know that some of the most successful companies in the world prefer WordPress as their CMS, including TED, NBC, CNN, TechCrunch, People magazine, the NFL, […]

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Resolutions Time: Facing Up to Facebook’s Perennial Series of Shortcomings

Facebook is dominant. Therefore, when Facebook goes off the rails, as it has again in 2018, it’s a big story that needs more definition. Before we delve in, let’s look back a few years… Did you know that the National Security Agency and the FBI teamed up in October 2010 to develop techniques for turning […]

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Are You Hooked On Your Own Pixel Dust? You’re Not Alone.

Marketers love digital because they can track it, and then spend countless hours pouring over the data. Marketers love data because it makes for excellent graphs and great talking points in meetings. What marketers do not love is digital ad fraud, and sadly digital ad fraud is a problem with no solution in sight. Fraudulent, […]

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1800 Seconds Heads to Legendary Westlake Studios To Lay Down Fresh Tracks

1800 Tequila with the help of Pusha-T found 10 aspiring hip-hop artists to kick off 1800 Seconds, a new recording and artist discovery platform that gives unsigned artists a chance to write and release one new three-minute track with the full production and marketing support of a record label. Thanks to Pusha-T’s talent scouting, direction […]

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Pantone’s Living Coral In the Spotlight — Time to Spread Its “Life Affirming” Qualities Around

Graphic designers and art directors know a lot about color and how it moves people to believe and to buy. Designers know these things because people who study color help them make informed decisions about the use of color for brands and products. For instance, the trend luminaries at the Pantone Color Institure just announced […]

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Go Further with Nat Geo

National Geographic has been bringing dramatic stories from around the globe to the American public for 130 years. Today is no different. Nujeen Mustafa from war-ravaged Syria exemplifies the storied media brand’s new tagline, “Further.” Nujeen could not attend school in Syria because there were no facilities for the disabled, so she educated herself and […]

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Destination California

“If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” -Henry Miller Do people really need to be encouraged to visit the Golden State? I suppose there could be people somewhere in American who […]

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SodaStream Imagines A Plastic-Free Ocean

Did you know that SodaStream is the No. 1 sparkling water brand in the world in terms of volume consumption? PepsiCo recently acquired the company for $3.2 Billion. For the company’s CEO, reducing the use of plastic bottles is more than a cause, it’s a religion. “More than 8 million tons of plastic goes into […]

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What Did You Learn Today?

When I was a boy, my grandpa would ask me the same question over and over. “What did you learn in school today?” The repetitive nature of his questioning helped to create an awareness in me that school was important and that I needed to bring focus and attention to it, to get the most […]

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BBC Creative Weaves A World Cup Tapestry for All Time

Tapestries have been used by royal courts for thousands of years to depict important events in the lives of the citizenry. Today, the tapestries are mostly museum pieces, but a creative team in England discovered a new and improved use for the textile storyboard. BBC Creative, the broadcaster’s in-house agency, painstakingly created a film that […]

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Hunters Hunt; Meanwhile, Gun Lobbyists Squawk Their Brittle Beaks

YETI is an Austin-based outdoor gear company that makes high-end coolers, which are primarily used for hunting and fishing. Recently, the company took aim at its own outdated discounting programs, only to receive incoming fire from The NRA and its members. According to the Austin American-Stateman, Yeti notified the NRA Foundation, as well as a […]

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Get Ready To “Write The Future” with Grammarly

Tyops suck. Poor grammer is worser. If you want to make a positive impression in a text-based medium, you’ve got to get control of your keyboard and your diction. Grammarly helps people say and write what they mean. Automagically! Technology alone isn’t going to help you “Write The Future,” but I like the snap in […]

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Hulu Is On Fire

Reinforcing Hulu’s position as one of the world’s top 10 direct-to-consumer entertainment brands, the company announced today that it has surpassed 20 million U.S. subscribers and has grown total engagement on Hulu by more than 60%. In addition, Hulu reports that 78% of viewing on the service takes place in the living room, on connected […]

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Spotify’s In-House Creative Team Is Raising The High-Bar

Spotify was named Ad Age’s “In-House Agency of the Year” in February. Once upon a time, no one paid attention to in-house agencies. Today, the designation is a real honor. Let’s take a look at some of Spotify’s creative output… The brand turned popular playlist RapCaviar into a sub-brand “that could meaningfully connect with artists […]

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What Marketers Can Learn from Hootsuite Academy

Have you heard of Hootsuite Academy? I recently discovered the software company’s array of educational offerings—including both free and paid social media courses. Hootsuite Academy offers social media training for teams and individuals. The training regimens appear to be a smart brand extension and a deep dive into brand utility (that flawlessly connects back to […]

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My Y Story: A Star-Studded Original Content Series by the Y

The Y played an integral role in my upbringing. I learned to swim at the Y, attended Y camps, played on Y baseball teams, and more. Apparently, actor Ethan Hawke had a similar experience. “One of the things I love about the Y…you learn how to play with other people,” Hawke says. Yes! Learning to […]

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