Agencies That are “Getting It”

Agencies That are “Getting It”

We have all heard about the problems facing the advertising world, but fortunately there are those in it that tacitly agree with the Marketing Consigliere about the opportunities derived from net-centric marketing . This is a well-produced video of some of the agency representatives that attended the iMedia Agency Summit last month. Chris Arens of DraftFCB, Sherry Bennett of JWT Boom, Susan MacDermid of Real Branding, and David Shor of WongDoody gave terrific insight into what leading agencies are thinking […]

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Betty Draper Has a Thing for “Bad Boy” Italians

Betty Draper Has a Thing for “Bad Boy” Italians

Poor Betty Draper.  A “desperate housewife” with nothing better to do.  She mysteriously appeared as a “follower” on The Marketing Consigliere’s Twitter account.  He didn’t know who she was, but her picture sure was glam.  Used to the advances of WASPish women seeking more than what their husbands offer, he checked out her profile… Actually, someone at AMC or one of their agencies somehow found him on Twitter, decided he was less Machiavellian than […]

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A Virtual Underworld Connection

A Virtual Underworld Connection

This weekend The Marketing Consigliere spent some time checking out Moviestorm, a British firm with an application that allows you to make your own scripted virtual world videos.  It had been a while since he toyed on Second Life, which almost seems passe now (and besides, you can’t get good cannoli there); but this sounded too cool. He was really curious so downloaded the 25Mb installer and […]

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OMMA Awards – Oh My!

OMMA Awards – Oh My!

The Marketing Consigliere would like to congratulate the following agencies and their clients for making OMMA‘s finalist list in the category of E-Mail Campaign for 2008: Moxie Interactive, for Verizon Wireless Smith Harmon Inc. for REI Tribal DDB for Pepsi-Cola All of these accounts bring the art of email to a new level and makes up for a lot of the negativity from spam.  While he was not an email delivery […]

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Rage Against Age?

Rage Against Age?

This week’s Adweek cover story is about alleged ageism in the advertising industry.  “War of the Ages” tries to present a picture of aging baby boomers getting tossed from high-six figure jobs and being replaced by less expensive, “hipper” younger professionals.  These hipper and younger professionals also happen to know a lot about network-centric marketing than the axed veterans. While that last statement may be a generalization, […]

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How to Win in Vegas – Go to the BMA Conference

How to Win in Vegas – Go to the BMA Conference

This year’s Business Marketing Association (BMA) Conference was very enjoyable.  This was The Marketing Consigliere’s second time, so he was able to reconnect with people he had met with the previous year. While The Venetian was a great place to visit in 2007, he thought that Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort was an amazing venue and made it a much more relaxing atmosphere in which to network with other B2B marketers. He […]

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Downturns, Data, and a Dare

Downturns, Data, and a Dare

Last week in the February 18, 2008 issue of Advertising Age,the headline article by Bradley Johnson was entitled “Media Work Force Sinks to 15-Year Low.” So jobs were bad in the last recession of the early 1990s and they’re bad again. OK…   The article’s graph clearly shows media jobs peaking during the dotcom bubble, rapidly shrinking, but finally leveling off for the past few years and […]

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Media Rules!

Media Rules!

The Marketing Consigliere recently attended a luncheon hosted by the DC Ad Club.  The two speakers, Brian Reich and Dan Solomon, were presenting their new book, Media Rules! – Mastering Today’s Technology to Connect With and Keep Your Audience. He bought the book, had the authors autograph inside the cover, and proceeded to read it. Here are his thoughts: The byline “Mastering Today’s Technology…” raised his hopes but it is […]

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Superbowl Ads and Branding – What’s Under the Hood?

Superbowl Ads and Branding – What’s Under the Hood?

Last year, Super Bowl XLI was interesting in that the Doritos commercial was made from user-generated content and this year for Super Bowl XLII they promoted their brand with user-generated music. Regarding advertising, there were the “usual suspects” who provided acceptable, entertaining commercials that were spoken about at the water cooler the following week; but from a social networking or technological view this Super Bowl was a bit of […]

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ad:tech Rocks New York

ad:tech Rocks New York

The three floors of ad:tech at the New York Hilton were buzzing this week. Compared to last April’s event in San Francisco, it was an older crowd, and it definitely was a crowd. Advertising agencies, affiliates, SEO gurus and the like. Following my proven time management routine, I avoided the booths of any company whose message in the ad-tech program was “we are a leading web analytics firm.” That way […]

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