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Are You Running These Ads? Why?

Go to your digital marketing team and your advertising agency and see how many of those people are using ad blockers so they can get their work done. You might be surprised and you should be embarrassed. Continue reading

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Best Super Bowl Ad? Who Cares?

Ignore the dilettantes publishing lists of the best Super Bowl ads. Judge the performance by the sales they generate. Continue reading

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2017 Snapchat Buys: Cui bono?

The digital tsunami continues. Word today is that Snapchat is asking for commitments from the big agency holdcos for commitments to spend as much as $200 million on buys in 2017. That’s advertiser money, by the way. Why is Snap … Continue reading

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Where’s the Digital Tear Sheet?

Digital advertising is a mess. Your ads aren’t likely to be seen because: Ad fraud is out of control and getting worse Most of our ads are shown to bots Only 35% of ads actually shown to humans are viewed … Continue reading

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(Occam’s) Razor-Sharp Targeting

A straight razor–used properly and with care–can do the job as well (or better) and far more cheaply than one of the newfangled five blade gizmos being sold by the big consumer products companies. Likewise, sometimes the best targeting and … Continue reading

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Innovate Creatively or Die, New York Times

I love the New York Times. I learned how to read newspapers in school, with the Times as the teaching vehicle. What I recall learning: It contains “All the News That’s Fit to Print” The Times always gets the facts … Continue reading

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My Morning As A Product

I’ve been tracked over 700 times in just 5 minutes. That’s not including what the NSA is tracking about me. It’s just the count of the number of times Facebook has “called home” to various tracking services in the few … Continue reading

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Yes, Doc Searls, Direct Marketing *IS* Advertising

Doc Searls, one of the authors of the Cluetrain Mainfesto (excellent book), blew it yesterday in his blog post. In it, he writes of the need of “real” advertising to exorcise the influence of Direct Marketing. It’s direct response, you … Continue reading

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Not Offensive, Just Stupid

Congratulations to the Giants for their Super Bowl win yesterday. I was also glad to enjoy an entertaining game that kept me interested until the last play. Less entertaining were the GoDaddy ads.  They’ve been a one-trick pony for years … Continue reading

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