Our industry needs more Curmudgeons…

Posted on Monday, May 12, 2014

…not egotists, gurus, and blowhards — we have plenty of those. Maybe curmudgeon is the wrong descriptor (I think old person that whines all the time). Perhaps “Skeptic” is the appropriate word to describe two people that are worth time time investment. I follow these two industry veterans because they both do a fantastic job […]

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The Problem with Passion

Posted on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Wanting to do something with all your heart is great. It can bestow extraordinary focus, drive and fortitude. That’s always been the case. But in recent years I find this sentiment is increasingly being confused with a positioning strategy for brands and individuals. The word used to fuel this fallacy is “passion”. Click to read […]

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Why Content Marketing is more than Publishing Content

Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Cure for Content: Part II (read part I) If content is really king then why do most organizations still treat is like the court jester? Under funded, non-prioritized, programs run by junior staff with minimal strategic ability are more the norm than the exception. A recent North American study by the Content Marketing Institute found that on […]

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The Cure for Content: Part 1

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014

Why better tactics are unlikely to solve online content and engagement woes. The biggest content marketing challenge for most brands has little to do with content. It’s a matter of mindset. Most brands seem to be bolting content onto their websites because tactically they feel they have to. These under-funded, non-strategic efforts and the lackluster […]

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Seeing the world through new eyes

Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2014

I watch podcasts from @ThoughtfulChina. Some good insight into marketing industry issues happening in China. A recent show (http://www.thoughtfulchina.com/en/why-us-stars-need-chinese-fans-en.html) was an interview with Johnny Galecki, during his recent first trip to China. Johnny is the star of the US TV sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” produced for CBS. The interview discussed the rise of popularity […]

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