Category Archives: Philosophy

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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On the Radar

Out of nowhere, something appears on your radar. You’re not sure how long it’s been there. You can get upset that you never noticed it before, because it might have changed the last decision. Or you can acknowledge that you … 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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“Guessing is a Dumb Man’s Job”

I was watching a Richard Feynman lecture from 1964, during which he described the scientific process. As usual, he did it in a way that even I could understand. Tell me if, in the next roughly 32 seconds of this … Continue reading

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Yes to “No”

We marketers are easily distracted by the next shiny thing. If the thing is truly innovative, and truly shiny, it will be there tomorrow or next week or next month. Take care of the here and now. Continue reading

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Checklist Marketing: Digital Media List

Bob Liodice and Marc Pritchard took to the bully pulpit at the ANA’s Masters of Marketing conference yesterday, and kept up the pressure on the adtech shysters who steal our money. As Liodice said,  “CMOs operate in the most nontransparent … Continue reading

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Social Media: “Testing Ugly Early”

An old adage of direct response marketing is “test ugly early.” The reason is that ugly disturbs. And that breaks through and triggers response. The other benefit is that ugly is cheap and quick to produce. Ugly, disturbing, and cheap. … Continue reading

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Go “Out There” For Education

Does your company have an internal education system? You probably go there once a year or quarter for the compliance training, and not much else. It probably has some nice introductory music, cute little branded cartoons, and has scored quizzes at … Continue reading

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Profit Maximization, Humanity Minimization

Facebook stepped in it again, this time by allowing users of their advertising platform to target users via vile anti-Semitic terms. Do I think the people or the company is anti-Semitic? Of course not. I think the company* is anti-human. … Continue reading

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