Category Archives: Marketing

Black Friday Narrative: The Retail Apocalypse (The Data Says…)

I was searching Linkedin last evening and read a comment from somebody about how “Black Friday sales have been down the last few years.” The comment came with no facts to back the assertion, and it fit neatly into the … Continue reading

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GroupM Shines Light on Middlemen

Bravo to Group M for starting to shine the light on the adtech middlemen who reduce our working media to, at times, a pittance. Advertisers need to demand more of this behavior from our agencies. Here’s the report I want … Continue reading

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Peer-to-Peer Disinformation

Paywalled, but interesting article at New York Times today on Renee DiResta’s work on peer-to-peer disinformation and how social media can be gamed to lead one into an echo chamber where vaccines can cause autism, planes distribute chemicals via chemtrails, … Continue reading

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ABD (Always Be De-Averaging), ads.txt Edition

Now that ads.txt is getting traction, with about 44% (and growing) of the top 10,000 domains using it, you’ve got some homework in your future. Here’s the assignment: Pull together your campaign data at the source (e.g. somedomain.com) and “source/source” … Continue reading

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Continuity Marketing: Profit or Scale?

I had an interesting discussion on continuity acquisition strategy yesterday, which boiled down to two questions: Do we spend profitability, at break-even, or to penetrate (i.e. at a loss) at the margin? By profit, do we mean gross margin, marketing … Continue reading

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2 LLCs and an SFDU: A Merge/Purge Fail

A couple of days ago, I was reminiscing about a great piece of direct mail I received last year. Yesterday, I received the opposite. This falls under the category of a merge/purge fail. As you can see here, there are … Continue reading

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Re-Seal the Deal: Category Repurchase

Three years ago today, I wrote about a great piece of direct mail I received from a local driveway sealer company. The piece had everything needed to make a purchase decision: a great offer, strong call to action, and perfect … Continue reading

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Marketing Navigators: Do You Have a Sextant?

How can you be sure that your marketing navigation system is picking up the true signal, which can be very weak in these days of bots, fake traffic and across billions of rows of impression data? Continue reading

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Guitar Effects: Two Legends and a Sale

My core beliefs include positivity and assuming goodwill. If you only knew me from my writing here, you might not think that. It’s hard to be positive sometimes when I seem to spend the whole day mired in “digital” marketing … Continue reading

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Source Level Triage

Let’s assume you’ve built your marketing whiffletree and have a banding model at the source level that you can analyze every Monday. Of course, you’ll sort your sources from most effective to least and do more of the things that … Continue reading

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