Category archive for: Advertising

Wow-Worthy Robots

August 13th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Any sci-fi buff will tell you that robot uprising is about the most popular trope in the genre: The Matrix, Terminator, Battlestar Galactica…clearly the theme has legs. As the Internet of Things blurs the lines between our physical and digital worlds, robots and intelligent agents are shaking off their legacy metallic sci-fi associations and assuming… Read More

As Social Media Matures, It Reveals Its Dominant Media Genes

July 7th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Have you noticed that the voices of social network utopianism are quieter lately?  Facebook’s secret mood experiment didn’t help the idealist view – nor did COO Sheryl Sandberg’s apologetic acknowledgement that Facebook’s actions were merely “poorly communicated.” But I think it would be a mistake to read this as simply another in a long line… Read More

The Empire Strikes Back

June 25th, 2014 | No Comments

Aereo’s defeat in the U.S. Supreme Court looks to me like part of a trend of legal setbacks for the latest wave of digital disruptors. The company got farther than any of its predecessors in taking on the status quo of broadcast television, but in the end the high court essentially rejected the premise that… Read More

60 Minutes Takes On Data Brokers

March 11th, 2014 | 4 Comments

Steve Kroft’s segment on CBS’s March 9 installment of 60 Minutes, “The Data Brokers: Selling your personal information,” was a noteworthy chapter in the escalating confrontation between the data-driven marketing industry and popular press initiatives to expose the alarming aspects of our emerging surveillance society.  (Also see the Direct Marketing Association’s response.) The introduction framed… Read More

The Campaign to End All Campaigns

February 28th, 2014 | No Comments

To campaign or not to campaign, that is the question on a lot of digital marketers’ minds these days. Mike Volpe, CMO of Hubspot, is among those who believe that “the notion of the marketing campaign is dead.” And he’s far from alone. But for those of us of a certain age – especially if… Read More

The Story of Ad Tech

February 26th, 2014 | No Comments

The announcement of Oracle’s acquisition of BlueKai brought me to the realization that the story of ad tech, and how it went from antagonist to ally of the software megavendors, is not so well known outside the insider’s clique. This has created some challenges in interpreting this event. So here it is – my take,… Read More

Getting Closer to Your Customers

January 10th, 2014 | 1 Comment

Me: Siri, are you “Her”? Siri: No, but nobody could know you better than I do. Kudos to Spike Jonez and Apple for nailing the zeitgeist of 2014. Consider a recent survey called The Rise of the Customer-Led Economy, in which The Economist asked CEOs, “In which of the following ‘value disciplines’ does your organization… Read More

Digital Marketing Agencies Promise Business Transformation

December 12th, 2013 | No Comments

 Is digital marketing leading the digital business revolution, or is it just making the most noise? In support of the former, consider Gartner’s recently-released Magic Quadrant for Digital Marketing Agencies (access it free here). Here we find a gallery of impressive companies, from a wide variety of backgrounds, whose market leaders are distinguished by their… Read More

Campaigns vs. Content Marketing: A Relationship View

December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment

Last week my colleague Jake Sorofman wrote of The End of the Marketing Campaign, a view that I’ve since heard echoed in a few places. Here’s another perspective. I think it’s clear that digital is changing the nature of almost every stalwart of traditional marketing. At the same time the time-honored objectives and language of… Read More

Real-Time Marketing Gone Wild

October 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments

One thing about a real-time marketing: it’s a lot more entertaining than the canned stuff. Who doesn’t enjoy watching a venerable brand get mauled by the Twittersphere trying to hijack some news story or social buzz?  These days, even a flop affords the opportunity to boost engagement with a heartfelt mea culpa. RTM’s Vaudeville nature… Read More