Category Archives: Marketing

Virtual Reality’s Image Problem

Virtual reality has a major image problem. I see it whenever I read an article about someone’s grandparents experiencing virtual reality for the first time, accompanied by a photo like this: Which inevitably makes me think of this: Or when … Continue reading

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Fyre Festival Debacle Shows the Difference between Marketing and Branding

The Fyre Festival has become the train wreck you can’t ignore. The event organizers, rapper Ja Rule and entrepreneur Billy McFarland, promised attendees “two unforgettable weekends of mystery and music” with acts such as Blink-182 and Major Lazer appearing on … Continue reading

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Why Uber Remains Disruptive and Dangerous

Uber is the Kanye West of Silicon Valley: bold and brilliant. Toxic and troubled. Disruptive and dangerous. Uber’s willingness to play dirty and its dysfunctional culture are well documented, most recently in a New York Times piece, “Uber’s CEO Plays … Continue reading

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Love Me? Message Me

Sharing Valentine’s Day love means swapping mobile messages sprinkled with emoji and stickers. And brands want a piece of that action. As part of a Valentine’s Day campaign targeting mobile users, Dunkin’ Donuts features a special emoji keyboard that makes … Continue reading

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Do You Speak Emoji?

Next time you are on Twitter, check out emoji search by Google. If you tweet an emoji to Google’s Twitter account, Google will respond with suggestions of where to eat or what to do based on the content of your … Continue reading

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How Dippin’ Dots Mastered the Real-Time News Arc

How ’bout them Dippin’ Dots? One moment it’s a challenger brand with a niche following, just minding its own business and selling flash-frozen ice cream at places like amusement parks, sports stadiums, and convenience stores. The next thing you know, Dippin’ Dots … Continue reading

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Uber’s Future: Snapchat on Wheels

I recently received an invitation to check out some behind-the-scenes Rogue One: A Star Wars Story videos and watch cartoon images of Star Wars X-Wings fly through the streets of Chicago. There was only one catch: the experience was available … Continue reading

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Snap Makes a Run at Affluent Millennials

As soon as Snap Inc. announced the launch of its Spectacles video recording shades, the digerati began comparing Spectacles to Google Glass and pondering whether Spectacles would capture consumers’ imagination in ways Google Glass failed to do. But I don’t … Continue reading

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How Pokémon Go Took Over the World with Augmented Reality

They’re in my house. They’re in my car. They’re following me to the store. Of course, I’m speaking of the Pokémon who inhabit the world of Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that has invaded the lives of smartphone owners … Continue reading

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When Brands Mess with Our Emotions

Jess Goulart of BTRtoday recently asked me how I think branding has changed over the years. I told her that although businesses are sharing their brand stories in more inventive ways than ever before, some of the traditional elements of a … Continue reading

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