Category Archives: Philosophy

Immigrants and Education

“Як школа?”is something asked repeatedly of me by my grandparents growing up. The question–“how’s school?”–wasn’t just about whether I was getting A’s. Although the grade was important, the question really was “are you learning?” I found myself thinking about that … Continue reading

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Let’s Market to Humans in 2018

Market only to humans. If you only change one thing about how you undertake your marketing in 2018, let it be this one. According to the U.S. Census bureau, there were about 252.8 million adult (18+) humans in the U.S. … Continue reading

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Dealing With Dump Money

I love the holidays, but as a buyer, I hate this time of year. Media sales people and vendors are calling constantly looking for that use it or lose it “dump money.” If you have dump money, only two things … Continue reading

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Data-driven?

When somebody claims they’re a data-driven marketer, generally that means their actions are driven by cursory analysis of biased data sets, and that they lack a coherent strategy.

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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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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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