Archive for October, 2007

Oct 30 2007

Absolutely No More Absolutes

Recently, an esteemed colleague, someone with many years of blue chip advertising experience, decried the propensity of industry pundits, observers and bloggers to make "absolute" statements, as if everything was purely black and white. No shading, no nuance, no opposing points of view. You know, statements like, "The Internet changes everything." (Of course, that sort of happened…at least in [...]

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Oct 24 2007

But Will Anyone Else Drink It?

Were you as bemused as I was to read the Ad Age article this week about the venerable "brown spirit" Canadian Club and its new campaign to make their brand cool and relevant again? The print ads aim for what Ad Age calls "shock value" (really?!) by showing shots of fifties/sixties era men "partaying" with gals sporting bouffants and [...]

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Oct 18 2007

Are Marketers "Digitally Savvy"?

The Association of National Advertisers (ANA) recently completed its annual meeting in Phoenix. In addition to consuming a lot of shrimp and chardonnay, the 1,200 attendees (a 25% increase over last year, according to the ANA) seemed to be focused on two main issues: digital marketing and consumer behavior targeting. With respect to digital marketing, [...]

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Oct 07 2007

The Bubble Reconsidered

In June I wrote on this blog that the current web 2.0 phenomenon was not in any immediate danger of entering bubble territory. My reasoning for this statement was that, unlike the shaky underpinning of the first Internet wave, the web-driven media revolution that has been picking up steam during the past several years is looking pretty permanent. For example, New web [...]

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