July, 2013 Archive

How Startup F# Makes Spotify Friendly for Brands

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Nimble startups continue to change the music industry by capitalizing on the convergence between branding, technology, and entertainment. Case in point: F#, a New York company founded in 2012 with a mission to connect brands, musicians, and fans through playful experiences on social platforms like Facebook and Spotify. And F# ...

How a Brand Shares Its Culture through Visual Storytelling

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

A journalist recently asked me whether all brands should be on Pinterest. My reply: brands need visual storytelling strategies -- which may indeed involve a presence on Pinterest. I recently created for agency iCrossing a visual storytelling strategy that focuses on bringing to life iCrossing's corporate culture. You may find ...

Music Streaming: The Haves and the Have-Nots

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

In recent days, I have blogged about the vast divide between the music industry elite and the have-nots. Last week I focused on the music elite via my post about Jay Z's relationship with Samsung. (Jay Z responded defiantly by removing the hyphen in his name.) Yesterday my post about ...

Thom Yorke: Crusader or Crybaby?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

I can't decide whether Thom Yorke is a petulant child, cynical operator, or a hero to artists. Maybe he's all three. On July 14, Yorke declared war on Spotify, removing from the popular streaming service his solo music and that of his experimental band Atoms for Peace.  On Twitter he and ...

Jay-Z Writes New Rules for Music Millionaires

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Jay-Z says he's writing new rules. But for whom? The multi-millionaire rapper created a firestorm of PR by launching an innovative deal with Samsung to distribute 1 million copies of his new Magna Carta Holy Grail album through a special app exclusively on Samsung phones before the album went on sale ...