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10 Ad Mascots You Probably Didn't Know Were Related to Kermit the Frog

Jim Henson creations have a storied history in advertising, going back to the 1950s, when a violent proto-Kermit pitched Wilkins Coffee with 10-second TV spots. Tappy, the latest creation from Jim Henson's Creature Studio, is similarly off-kilter in his role as a living credit-card reader at a checkout counter. Show More Summary

Toyota Dealer Makes the Year's Most Cringeworthy SNL Parody With 'Keys in a Box'

Almost eight years later, "Dick in a Box" lives on as one of Saturday Night Live's more hilarious digital shorts. And since there are no rules that say that jokes become stale after that amount of time, some car salesmen in Oak Lawn, Ill., fired up their cameras and created a parody to the tune once made popular by Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg. Show More Summary

Why Everyone From Cameron Diaz to Gwyneth Paltrow Is Praising Two Random Agency Creatives

Proud of your dozens of LinkedIn endorsements? You're going to look like a right tosser next to Matt Roach and David Lawrie. The creative team at M&C Saatchi in London have secured testimonials from a whole slew of celebrity A-listers—from Cameron Diaz to Gwyneth Paltrow to George Clooney—or so it would appear from the amusing video below. Show More Summary

This IT Company Just Made the Best Mind-Numbing Corporate Video Ever

Given they have a "shit ton" of clients and have "won every award ever," you might think Risual wouldn't need to advertise at all. What's that, you've never heard of them? Well you're about to. They're a British IT services organization (real, not fake) specializing in the Microsoft platform. Show More Summary

Adults Apparently Wanted Underoos So Badly, They're Already Sold Out

Never underestimate the power of nostalgia, even in the form of quasi-ironic undergarments. Internet users of a certain age have been abuzz over the past 24 hours about a new line of superhero-themed Underoos sized for adults and available at Hot Topic. Show More Summary

Swarovski Charms Women With Personal Ads in Craigslist's 'Missed Connections' Pages

Red Tettemer O'Connell + Partners placed some faux personal ads in the New York, Philadelphia and Chicago sections of Craigslist's popular "Missed Connections" department on behalf of crystal jeweler Swarovski. One ad reads: "Love that you're the kind of girl that scrolls through the Missed Connections and knows your smile gets attention. Show More Summary

Facebook takes another step backwards with a new Groups apps

About seven years ago, Facebook convinced the denizens of the internet that it was not only safe to come out of the IRC chat rooms, it was actually a good thing. No more hiding behind fake names while you discuss a singular topic with a room full of people, half of whom are there just […]

Why everything you’re doing to engage fans is wrong…in a single chart

When Forrester asked marketers to share the channels they use to keep in touch with their customers, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube topped the list. It looks like we’ve all gotten caught up in the social media marketing hype, because it turns out, that’s not where our most loyal customers prefer to engage with us. Take […]

Court confirms Google’s search results are protected free speech

I’m not sure how many more companies are going to challenge the search rankings bestowed upon them by the mighty Google, but a judge in San Francisco just ruled Google is protected under the First Amendment. In a one sentence ruling Judge Ernest Goldsmith of the superior court of California declared: “The defendant has met its […]

Join Andy Beal for an exclusive one-day reputation management masterclass

When you attend a 3-day conference, how much do you really learn about a single topic? Enough to make you dangerous, if you’re lucky! While conference sessions are a great intro to a topic, even a 30 minute session only scratches the surface of a meaty topic such as online reputation management. That’s why I’m holding […]

Friday Roundup: Facebook gives Thanks, LinkedIn shares slides and more

It’s Friday and time for another online marketing, social media roundup. Let’s get to it. Facebook reminds us to mind our manners Did your co-worker buy you a cup of coffee? Did Aunt Minnie knit you a sweater? Say thanks the modern way with a Facebook “Say Thanks” video card. Choose a Facebook friend, choose […]

Call, Configure, Commerce: The Twitter cards of the future

“You don’t win by being loud. You win by being good.” That’s Twitter’s philosophy and it’s leading them down some very interesting, new roads. This past week, the company delivered a 7-hour, 500-slide presentation to the press and investors at the first Twitter Analyst Day. I wanted to listen to the whole presentation because I’m […]

Telling the Story of You

Telling the Story of You written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing Marketing Podcast with Judy Carter Storytelling in business is a hot topic. Marketers, leaders and brand builders are all encouraged to create narratives around their business, culture and even products. Show More Summary

3 Super Simple Ways to Make Buffer Even More Useful

3 Super Simple Ways to Make Buffer Even More Useful written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I’ve long since professed my love of the BufferApp. But it’s been a while since I’ve shared some of the ways I use this tool, so I thought I would add some tips today. Show More Summary

How to Build Your Marketing Hourglass

How to Build Your Marketing Hourglass written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing This post is one in a series of tips designed to guide small business owners through the challenges ofShow More Summary

Weekend Favs November Fifteen

Weekend Favs November Fifteen written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing My weekend blog post routine includes posting links to a handful of tools or great content I ran across during the week. Show More Summary

Be Everywhere: Connecting Social Media to the Real World

Be Everywhere: Connecting Social Media to the Real World written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing It’s guest post day here at Duct Tape Marketing and today’s guest post is from JeremyShow More Summary

Are you feeling a little stressed?

Feeling a little stressed? As we head into Thanksgiving week, for many of us it signals the beginning of the last frenzied six weeks of the year. Stress is a natural part of life — but as a culture, we’ve upped the ante and are entering an era of super stress. The consequences of that […] The post Are you feeling a little stressed? appeared first on Drew's Marketing Minute.

Are You Missing Out By Not Being Accredited in Public Relations?

Summary: "Is getting APR certified worth the money these days?" For 50 years, the prestigious Public Relations Society of America has seemed to think so. Every year, more and more PR pros sign up to take the test and earn those three highfalutin letters after their name on a business card (you know, without lying about it). It is very expensive. Show More Summary

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