The Egg on North Face

North Face is not, by any means, the first company to try and alter their own Wikipedia entry for marketing-related purposes. They might, though, be the first to so publicly tout doing so and have their success presented as a successful effort to overcome the “obstacle” presented by the site’s own dictum that such efforts … Continue reading The Egg on North Face

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Less Of Your Marketing Matters Than You Thought

There’s a standard in the marketing/advertising field that someone has to be exposed to X number of messages about your product or brand before they choose to make a purchase. In some cases that’s up to a dozen instances of what’s called “effective frequency” in others it’s as little as three. A good chunk of … Continue reading Less Of Your Marketing Matters Than You Thought

Content Marketing Insights: Developing a Program Framework – Creating a Mission Statement

A content marketing program is more complex than some would have you believe. This is one in a series of posts laying out some best practices and essential steps to take when developing or evaluating a program for you or your organization. Corporate mission statements really came into vogue in the last 40 years or … Continue reading Content Marketing Insights: Developing a Program Framework – Creating a Mission Statement

Marketing Is Partly Fixing Non-Existent Problems

One of the hallmarks of the first era of PR blogging was that everyone was a problem fixer. Any time a company made the slightest misstep and experienced any kind of blowback from its behavior there were a dozen experts right there to identify what went wrong and share their solutions to the reading public, … Continue reading Marketing Is Partly Fixing Non-Existent Problems

Content Marketing Insights: Developing a Program Framework – General Principles

A content marketing program is more complex than some would have you believe. This is one in a series of posts laying out some best practices and essential steps to take when developing or evaluating a program for you or your organization. When you, your team and whatever other stakeholders are laying the groundwork for … Continue reading Content Marketing Insights: Developing a Program Framework – General Principles

Everyone Is Competing Against Everyone, Just Like Everyone Else

The only thing surprising about the comments made by Netflix in its shareholder report about how it’s competing against Fortnite more than it is HBO is how surprised so many people were. That level of surprise and bewilderment seems indicative of how companies are viewed almost solely within the silos of their industries, assumed to … Continue reading Everyone Is Competing Against Everyone, Just Like Everyone Else

“Brand Safe” Has Never Been a Thing

Last week AT&T made headlines when it was revealed it would once more be advertising on YouTube, something it hadn’t done in two years after discovering to its great dismay and shock that those ads might be appearing alongside offensive - or at least questionable - material. The company had decided that YouTube had addressed … Continue reading “Brand Safe” Has Never Been a Thing

How Prepared Are Marketers for Deepfakes?

You can’t blame Scarlett Johansson for feeling the fight against deepfake porn featuring her face isn’t worth the effort. She has faith most people know it isn’t actually her in those videos and knows that attempts at legal action would likely be as effective as shooting arrows at a cloud. If you’re not familiar with … Continue reading How Prepared Are Marketers for Deepfakes?

Use Every Platform (That Makes Sense)

The first teaser trailer for the updated, photo-realistically animated version of The Lion King isn’t great. It’s a shot-for-shot remake of a scene from the 1994 original and does nothing other than promise the audience exactly the same experience they had 25 years ago. Despite that, it’s been immensely popular, wracking up 224 million views … Continue reading Use Every Platform (That Makes Sense)

Business Products Require Editorial Responsibility

Here’s the question asked in the headline at Nieman Lab: Is the email newsletter a business product or an editorial responsibility? The subsequent post offers some good insights and thoughts, but in my own experience the answer is, of course, yes. Think of email newsletters - or any other form content marketing may take - … Continue reading Business Products Require Editorial Responsibility