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Racist or Borderline Brilliant?

Last night, while doing some insomnia-induced Facebook feed flipping, I came across a piece of Equinox Gym's "Commit To Something" campaign as a sponsored ad. It showed up in my feed because 6 of my Friends "like" Equinox. My eyebrows were raised by seeing a bunch of white folks with somewhat unimpeachable looks being touted by [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:32:27+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Brand Experience, Marketing, Social Media, Strategy|0 Comments

Say It Ain’t So! More Great Cup ‘a Joe Tech?

This morning, while putting gas in my car, I pulled out my mobile device and placed a mobile order for a Venti Latte (1% Milk and No Foam) with around 5 button presses on the Starbucks mobile app. When the gas was filled, I jumped in the car and drove 100 yards to the nearest [...]

Don’t Let Your Brand Name Fall Flat On Your Audience

Often, there's a name that really sticks among the founders of the company. There's a ring to it... It makes people smile... It seems obviously right... Or, frequently, in these times, the cute omission of vowels in a product name is just plain cool. Unfortunately, some of those names get lost in translation. The BBC's [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:32:50+00:00 December 1st, 2015|Brand Experience, Core, Marketing|0 Comments

5 Facts That Affect GREAT Social

Holiday Inn Express has just gotten past the hump of their nine city, SelfiePancake Express truck tour and there's already a few pieces of learning to be gained from this strong social content event. Signing Rob Riggle as the "Creative Director" for this campaign touting Holiday Inn Express' newly launched 60-second pancake maker that includes [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:33:02+00:00 September 24th, 2015|Brand Experience, Marketing, Social Media, Strategy|2 Comments

The Best Brand Social Communication

Far too many brands fail by using social as arms of their PR team - where they announce and tell rather than join in a conversation. The reality is that probably less than 10% are doing their brand communication on social effectively. MediaPost's post on Sprout Social's recent study of brand response to their audience [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:33:07+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Brand Experience, Core, Marketing, Social Media, Strategy|0 Comments

The Path to Success In The Face Of Ad-Blocking Technology

Many publishers and planners alike are lamenting the adoption of ad-blocking technology and the growth in its use by consumers. Even with the race to the lower end of costs per impression/action/conversion/whatever, there are strong revenue models in place where many businesses are reliant on those traditional methods for survival. The thing is, there's a [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:33:12+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Brand Experience, Management, Marketing, Paid Media, Strategy|0 Comments

The CEO Tool For Driving Company Growth

No matter where you are in your company's evolution, it always helps to step back and evaluate unseen revenue growth opportunities. Most companies grow and evolve by way of executing the next biggest ideas and responding to emergencies – all while going at 1000 mph. Even the strongest of these systems show gaps in their [...]

Defining User Experience Within Audience Development

Audience Development requires a different perspective on User Experience. Traditionally, User Experience relates to what the user or customer will experience when interacting with a product, but the key factor of Audience Development extends the idea to a larger conceit of the experience from all touch-points with a brand or product - what we refer [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:33:19+00:00 August 27th, 2015|Brand Experience, Core, Product Development, Strategy|0 Comments

8 Examples How To Build Brands Through Audience Participation

Where it was once taboo to allow normal folks to play with and publish content based on a brand's product, the opposite now stands when looking at a key factor of Audience Development. It wasn't too long ago that brands might have shuddered if their IP was manipulated in a way like Wacky Packages did, [...]

By | 2016-10-29T12:33:22+00:00 August 19th, 2015|Brand Experience, Core, Social Media, Strategy|0 Comments