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Shameless Product Placement in Pop Music Videos

I love pop music videos because they serve one purpose for the industry: to shamelessly advertise musicians and sponsored products through vivid colors, rapid movement, and stimulation of basic human instincts. I love that they appear stupid…

And The Oscar Goes To…

This has been an exceptional season in Academy Award nominated film marketing.  My history in marketing feature films goes back to late 90’s and I still pay very close attention. I’ve also personally always been a film buff as well so my…

Research Finds Radio Advertising Works

I’ve never heard a radio advertisement I liked - everything about them bugs me. From the fanatical announcer, to repeating of the phone number three or more times, the obnoxious jingles… everything. Must give a little credit to Tom Shane…

Holiday Commercial Creep

I wondered if it was just me…or if holiday TV commercials were appearing even earlier this year.  It was literally the day after Halloween when I noticed what was clearly a holiday commercial – of the Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa ilk…not…
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Please Don’t Share

In what we euphemistically call “Middle Age,” (I don’t know many 116 year olds, do you?), I don’t pretend to know how anyone of a younger generation thinks.  I keep abreast of technologies and tools that they use because I make a living…
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Commercial Social Consciousness

A new trend emerged during this year’s Super Bowl: a growing social consciousness in the content of the commercials.  It’s pretty obvious to observant U.S. citizens that we’re now in an age of insensitivity compared to the past decade…
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Marketing vs. Advertising

What is the difference between marketing and advertising? Try as I might to explain the complex relationship, a uniquely dynamic interplay between both kinds of work continues to perplex questioners. My hope is to put their confusion to rest…
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Keep it Stupid Simple

Many companies in the past have used minimalism and negative space in their corporate logos to great effect, most famously FedEx with their hidden arrow, USA network and the Girl Scouts. Recently, HP unveiled their latest version of their logo…
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Really Good Advertising

Advertising was my first choice for a career since middle school. I remember feeling a calling to the industry and pursued my interest in it all the way through to the present – now working in market research. It has always been an effective…