3 days ago

TV Industry: It’s Time For A Round of “Stop, Keep, Change”

I’m obsessed with the future of television. A couple years ago, I pursued it largely as a research exercise. Today, I’m up in arms based on my own experience as a TV consumer. The rumors are true: empowered consumers are real and I am one. And of late,…

4 days ago

The Data Digest: The Holiday Email Invasion, No Personal Touch At the Holidays? How Cold!

Last week was a massive week for marketers. Black Friday 2017 hit record numbers: Not only did shoppers start early, they began clicking at a rate of 2,800 orders per minute, spending $1 million per minute at the peak of Black Friday. Research shows th…

5 days ago

Digital advertising and marketing under the GDPR: A question of How, not If.

The May 25th deadline announces a period great reckoning for data-driven marketing in Europe. The question marketers ask me most often is “Can we continue to do this…” or in other words, will this type of activity be allowed under the GDPR? But often, …

6 days ago

Consumer Good Unclear in CVS/Aetna Merger

CVS and Aetna have formalized a merger agreement with CVS set to acquire Aetna for roughly $69 Billion dollars. In deals of this nature, approval hinges on one thing: consumer good. The Department of Justice evaluates mergers of this magnitude to ensur…

One week ago

The Power Of Our Brand Energy Framework, Now In Your Hands

A FOND FAREWELL TO BRAND MANAGEMENT (AS WE KNEW IT) It is apparent to marketers who’ve chosen to look with a critical eye that the old-school, text book, command-and-control branding is headed the way of the dodo bird. The idea of managers contro…

1 month, 5 days ago

Three Emotional Territories That Winning Brands Get Right

Sell, Sell, Sell? Up-selling and cross-selling are extremely popular activities to boost profit margins. In my many years of consulting with financial services organizations, I have seen various shades of getting customers to buy up and buy into an ass…

1 month, 10 days ago

From Darling To Workhorse: Programmatic’s Growing Pains And What Comes Next

I attended AdExchanger’s semi-annual Programmatic I/O conference last week to absorb the latest in industry talk and get a pulse check on the health and wellness of the programmatic ecosystem. This show was illuminating in that I found signs of both en…

1 month, 11 days ago

A Lesson from the Bruce Springsteen/Richard Thaler School of Marketing

What do consumers, Bruce Springsteen, and a Nobel Prize laureate have in common? They all understand the concept of fairness. And they understand that consumers reward and punish companies based on perceived fairness. Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler …