Category Archives: Communications

A Thought Experiment: Lobby Ads

Imagine this: A set of large screens in your corporate lobby running, in real time and randomly, the actual digital ads you are running on the pages the ads are being displayed on. A viewer would also be able to stop … Continue reading

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A Loyalty Program Retort: British Airways

“When you pass the football, three things can happen. Two of them are bad.” This quote has been attributed to Woody Hayes–probably incorrectly–Darrell Royal, Chuck Mills, and several other famous football coaches. It’s stuck with me over the years, particularly … Continue reading

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Now, Nobody Will Read About It

You still have to build something worth talking about for people to talk about it. Continue reading

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Ignore “Three Rights” At Your Campaign’s Peril

I believe in the old “40/40/20” rule of direct response marketing which states that 40% of the performance of a campaign is dependent on the the list, 40% on the offer, and 20% on everything else. You can also think of it as the “Three Rights” which you must do correctly to for successful digital performance marketing campaigns. Continue reading

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Fairy Tale: “Ads We Want to See”

One of the biggest fantasies shared by digital marketers and advertising technology providers is that people want to see ads. The problem isn’t them, it’s us. If only we installed more technology (and chipped away at privacy a little more), we’d … Continue reading

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Three Things I Learned From PewDiePie

If you have been conned into running influencer marketing campaigns, do you know how every one of those influencers is representing your brand? Have you–not your agency–read every word they’ve posted and every second of video they’ve uploaded? Continue reading

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Native Advertising: New Name, Same Old Trickery

We used to call this stuff “advertorials.” It was easily identifiable, except to the most gullible reader, and was usually purchased by the most gullible advertiser. The digital crew call it “native advertising” but it’s the same thing. Two questions: If … Continue reading

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Publish The Denominator, Google.

You might have seen Google patting itself on the back today for taking down 1.7 billion ads–2X last year’s total!–that violated the company’s policies. The problem, like most digital media hype and nonsense, is that they didn’t bother to publish … Continue reading

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Alexa = This Year’s Pokemon Go

This year, I predict you’ll be forced to participate in many pointless meetings because some company will use voice recognition to make some money. The campaign will be breathlessly promoted as the next big thing in marketing. As a result, and because … Continue reading

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Buying Audiences, Getting Worked

I thought the modern age of non-intrusive advertising was supposed to give me only the relevant ads I wanted to see, lovingly presented to me by some perfect algorithm hand-crafted in a loft in SoHO? Ta-da–you’ve just seen what happens when you get stuffed into an “audience.” Continue reading

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