Your PURLsonal Brand

Your PURLsonal Brand

The trend towards personalization in the B2C arena is gathering momentum.  This week an interesting announcement made the trade press regarding the famous brand Brooks Brothers – They are working with direct marketing company MBS to bring a unique one-to-one solution to their customers.  Using MBS’ Klondike relational database, Brooks Brothers will be able to integrate data from their call center, brick and mortar, and online efforts.   By also leveraging data […]

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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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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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Why the Writers’ Strike Could Fail

Why the Writers’ Strike Could Fail

While we have a classic case of challenging those who control the “means of production,” there is something new that the Writers Guild of America should worry about. This is a test of Network-Centric Marketing – of the “wisdom of crowds,” of social networking, and of public relations and brand management. CSI is already on Second Life, inviting viewers to “act” in its virtual episode. While the basic script […]

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A Digital Leadership Vacuum

A Digital Leadership Vacuum

There once was a company with a proud brand. They talked about how to strengthen the brand, how to promote the brand, and how to leverage the brand. When I asked how they measured the efficacy of his “branding,” they had no answer. They ran no focus groups regularly. They polled no customers. They held no internal meetings to develop a measurement methodology. They could […]

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