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Advertising is Illegal… Now what?

This outlandish notion may not be so crazy. Two reasons why: In 2007 mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil banned outdoor advertising (see image) in an effort to clean up the city. A first, in what some consider, many legislative decisions to effect or ban the advertising industry. We know that people are only shoppers and [...]

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Campaign Mindset in a Branding World

It’s easy to do… The short term vision of the top line vs the bottom line. With the recession still looming in the back of our minds we have become a bit gun-shy in investing in something that boosts long term profits while reducing short term sales (even though we know that the long term [...]

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Branding v Advertising: The New Roles

Full disclosure, I’m a bit of a snob (or what I like to say, “Brand Passionate”) when it comes to certain products in my life… computing devices, cars, beer, and whiskey. Without mentioning names, one of my favorite whiskey’s, where I’m on an “order-by-name-in-mixed-drinks-on-the-rocks-or-neat” type of basis, started a huge advertising push with a new [...]

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Screw Silos and Talk as One

As we move towards the future of our industry and the involvement and transparency the consumer is requiring, we are faced with a legacy dilemma that has been building over the past several decades. This dilemma is the communication of our channel silos. Especially over the past 5-10 years, we have experienced a myriad of [...]

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Static Brands to Dynamic Organisms

The great thing about many Fortune500 brands is that they have extensive research and strategy about what their brand is, what it stands for, and what it means. All of this information is documented in tidy little brand guideline books and style guides stashed away in the brand managers desks waiting to align new ideas [...]

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Marketing’s 99% & the // digital immersion program

As one year ends and another begins, we always see an influx of what the cool trends are going to be next year, especially in the digital age where social media, mobile, and digital branding are moving at a more rapid pace. The thing with these trend forecasts is that it overlooks the majority of [...]

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Role of Insights

After sitting through board room discussions and listening to requests regarding the gathering of insight, I often see no action utilizing the information at hand. A lot of talk, a lot of “we should” or “We should have’s” running rampant, but no real action. It really got me thinking… What is the role that “insights” [...]

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