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Don’t let the conversations end when the campaign’s over

This is a post from our WordofMouth.org project. Check it out for more great word of mouth marketing tips like this every day. While one-off campaigns can be great for starting conversations, they can lose momentum quickly. Cards Against Humanity had such a promotion over the holidays. They told their fans they could pay whatever […]

This is a great "disruptive" print ad.

Disruptive Innovation.Buzzwords so buzzy, they vibrate with intensity.The Wikipedia entry for "Disruptive Innovation" is well over 4,000 words. Native Advertising is considered a Disruptive Innovation.That's rich. And ironic. Because it is designed to not be "disruptive". Show More Summary

Three-quarters of millennials expect brands to be entertaining

If you had to describe your branded content in one word, what would it be? Informative? Engaging? Boring? (I hope not) Upbeat? How about entertaining? In Facebook’s “Coming of Age on Screens” study, 72% of young millennials from all over the world said that’s what they expect from brands – entertaining content. That’s a lot […]

20 Ways to Reward Repeat Visitors on Your Ecommerce Site

Many ecommerce businesses neglect the importance of rewarding their repeat visitors while they strive to drive revenue, increase social mentions, and build a loyal following. That is a mistake. Great ecommerce sites reward their recurrent visitors. They influence thousands and get the pick of their sales from loyal customers. Graham Charlton, Editor in Chief at […]

Ogilvy Rings in the Holidays with Kevin Ross for Glade

Ogilvy & Mather worked with singer Kevin Ross on a holiday spot for Glade entitled “Feel Anticipation.” For the spot, Ross wrote a song supposedly expressing how holiday scent Sparkling Spruce made him feel. Ross can be seen performing the song in an outdoor stage, surrounded by plenty of Glade candles ending with the “#FeelGlade” hashtag. Show More Summary

Poo-Pourri Drops a Load of Poo Puns in ‘Even Santa Poops’

Poo-Pourri made waves last year with the viral “Girls Don’t Poop” video introducing its toilet deodorizer with pun-filled toilet humor that went on to garner over 30 million views on YouTube. While the follow-up, “Second Hand Stink,”...Show More Summary

Sharon Crost on five ways Hitachi Data Systems uses big social data to map the customer journey

This is a post from my company, SocialMedia.org’s blog. Check it out for more profiles and stories about the people running social at really big brands. For this case study, we dove into a presentation by Hitachi Data Systems’ Senior Social Business Lead, Sharon Crost, at our Brands-Only Summit in Orlando. Like most BtoBs, Hitachi […]

5 Things You Need to Know About Social Media & SEO

Quicksprout recently published an awesome new infographic on the state of SEO that illustrates how the field has evolved over the past few years in response to Google’s game-changing algorithm updates and the steady rise of content as king. While looking over the infographic one thing in particular caught my eye: the importance that companies […]

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

Of course it's been done before

John Koenig calls it vemödalen. The fear that you're doing something that's already been done before, that everything that can be done has been done. Just about every successful initiative and project starts from a place of replication. The chances...        

Newsletter #1014: The “Partners” Issue

[Welcome back to the Damn, I Wish I'd Thought of That! newsletter. This is text of the great issue all of our email subscribers just received. Sign yourself up using the handy form on the right.] When you make a business partnership with another brand, it’s a lot like making a new friend. You get to meet […]

YouTube turns jukebox; beta tests ad-free subscription service

This morning, the folks at YouTube are singing a merry tune thanks to the launch of YouTube Music Key. This obviously music-oriented add-on comes in two sizes; free and ad free for $9.99 a month. You heard it, YouTube is offering a subscription service. And though the subscription fee will only include music options, it’s […]

Best Ad of the Week, #1.

It's a new optimistic copyranter feature!I figured, if I like an ad, even just once a week, the ad world would maybe?!?—like me back!And maybe (DOUBLE FINGERS CROSSED) I would get a job! Karma! (Sigh...maybe one day you'll see how it feels to be unemployed for over a year at the age of 54. Show More Summary

Aaron Miller on hiring community managers for General Mills

This is a post from my company, SocialMedia.org’s blog. Check it out for more profiles and stories about the people running social at really big brands. This story features tips and advice from Aaron Miller, General Mills’ Social Media and Marketing Strategist. You can see his presentation from SocialMedia.org’s Member Meeting in Los Angeles here. […]

What is "Native Advertising"?

(I sincerely apologize for the e-card) Media people are hungry for, curious about, perplexed by, or scared of, it, depending on the medium. Well, it's really a simple thing. Don't let the Social Media experts ( dipshits ) complicate it with their buzzword-filled explanations that go and on and on. Show More Summary

Where to Find Me This Month: from Spain to San Francisco and Back

Pardon some light posting lately, as I had some wonderful travels across Israel and Italy on vacation, followed by a trip to Spain for work. More on that in a moment. Here's where I'll be this month. Let me know if you're at any of these events. Show More Summary

Tommy Lee Jones Doesn't Give A Good Goddamn About Your Retirement.

Look at that pained face.He looks like his IBS is acting up. That is the face of an uninvested spokesperson.You can unfurl all the big-ass banners behind him you want, Ameriprise. He is not going to change his Fuck You face or up his...Show More Summary

The Streisand Effect

In the last two days I noticed a couple of tweets alluding to something called “The Streisand Effect.” I wondered if this could be that warm sensation I feel when listening to Ms. Streisand’s mellifluous renditions of “People” or “On a Clear Day?” No! NYU”s Jay Rosen tweeted this: Pugnacious political blog in Ohio goes […]

Puddles the Golden-Voiced Clown Wants You to Ditch the Corporate Drudgery

If you've ever been a corporate clown, you can relate to this spot aimed at small business owners who fled the office circus to live their dreams. Puddles, the Sad Clown with the Golden Voice, sings an altered version of the 1899 song "Keep on the Sunny Side," made popular in the 1920s by The Carter Family. Show More Summary

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