Fast Company

30 03 2009

A recent article in AdAge pointed out that Fast Company is actually growing in ad revenue and placement while nearly every other magazine is hurting. Kudos, Fast Company. Well-deserved. As the article’s author Larry Dobrow keenly observed: “Indeed, Fast Company is the only business publication, in print or anywhere else, that makes answering the question ‘Why does this matter?’ its defining purpose.”

And that’s why I’m adding Fast Company to my “Brands I Love” list. Because they made it so I actually like reading about business now.


The Newest Clothing Category

27 03 2009

I was just putting away my laundry when I realized an entire new segment in men’s clothing had emerged and I hadn’t even noticed it.

One by one I was folding my underwear. Not the 100% cotton tighty whities and pinstriped boxers my Dad might have worn. Those wear out, tear, fade. No, these were synthetic blends in toxic colors and patterns, cut in all different styles. If I was marketing them, their brand characteristics would include “sporty,” “fun,” “youthful.” And that’s when it dawned on me. These aren’t underwear. These are man’s panties. Manties.

Men, we’ve been tricked again by those clever marketers and now we’re paying $25 bucks a pair. Ah, well. At least we can pretend we’re sporty, fun and youthful when we get dressed in the morning.19under6001jpg

Farming Out Madison Avenue

24 03 2009

Finally! Corporate America is wising up to the fact that Madison Avenue does not have all of the good ideas.

In what is surely a bellweather move, the CMOs of 10 major corporations (including H-P and Pepsi brand Doritos) have tentatively agreed to participate in a crowdsourcing contest for the next great ad. It’s nice to see the de-concentration of creative influence.

It’s also a bit bittersweet to someone else making a go of what was my MBA Lab to Market project (along with Craig Braun, Stephanie Herzberg & Tony Cusano), Wombat.

More details on the contest here:

My Wordle

23 02 2009

This is my Wordle.  It’s a weighted word cloud based on my blog’s content.  


I think I better stop blogging about oatmeal.

19 02 2009

I just completed a survey for M Squared Consulting Group that was gauging my beliefs about the past and present economy for consultants.  The last question asked if I had any predictions for economic trends.  I made three predictions, one of which was the “emergence of micro-economies where small communities will band together to help themselves out…”

And then I read this great little story in AdAge about an unemployed copywriter-turned-blogger.  Erik Proulx is turning his site Please Feed the Animals into a job market for people just like himself.

Bailout, Shmailout.  This is the kind of chutzpah and resourcefulness that is going to resuscitate our economy.  Way to go, Erik.

Best PSA I Have Seen in a Long Time

12 02 2009

Watch this and see if you don’t cry.  And if you like it, spread the news.

I’m taking notes on how this was structured as a great example of social marketing.

Not a marketing post, but what the heck

11 02 2009