How Old-Time Radio Flourishes in the Digital Era

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Photo Credit: Amanda Kulczewski If you had visited Chicago's Public House Theater on a recent June evening, you would have witnessed a most curious sight: a dozen actors and actresses adorned in 1940s-era suits, hats, and dresses gathered around microphones and performing an old-time radio comedy in front of a cheering crowd. ...

Designing the Unseen Details

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Superior design means getting little details right -- even the parts that no one can see. In his landmark biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson tells the story of Jobs's obsession to detail in the design of the breakthrough Apple II personal computer, down to the engineering of the power ...

How Four Teens Taught Brands a Real-Time Marketing Lesson

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

You have probably heard the story by now: a 16-year-old Omaha resident named Tom White is a media sensation thanks to an amateur photo of White grinning with Sir Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett. But Tom White and the three teenagers who helped him create the moment on the streets ...

New Report: Content Marketing Is “the Show Horse” of Customer Acquisition

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Content marketing is the show horse of customer acquisition and retention -- and second only to social media as a digital marketing spending priority among U.S. brands, according to my newly published report for Gigaom. The report, Workhorses and Dark Horses: Digital Tactics for Customer Acquisition, examines how companies use digital ...

Apple Buys Beats: The End of an Era for Apple and Dr. Dre?

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Now that Apple has officially purchased Beats Music and Beats Electronics, we are left to ponder its broader meanings as the man who once rapped about gangbanging and reefer now becomes a high-profile Apple employee. I believe the deal symbolizes the possible end of an era: an end to Apple ...

Jimmy Page Shares Three Lessons for Content Marketers

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Jimmy Page: legendary guitarist, producer, all-around rock god . . . and a marketing teacher. Yes, the guitar magus knows marketing in addition to music. He not only founded Led Zeppelin but also influenced the band's image, down to crucial details such as the choice of album artwork (most famously for Led ...

Why You Need to Hustle Content: A Lesson from The New York Times Innovation Report

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The recently leaked New York Times Innovation report has become required reading because the document provides a candid snapshot of a legendary brand struggling to embrace the realities of running a business in the digital era. In unsparing language, the internal report indicts The New York Times for failing to ...

Don’t Take No for an Answer: Career Advice from Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead”

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

If you want to get the job you really want, you can't take no for an answer. Just ask Norman Reedus, who plays the popular character of Daryl Dixon in the AMC hit television series, The Walking Dead. As Reedus shared in a recent Wall Street Journal Live interview, the role ...

How Hip-Hop Legend Jermaine Dupri Writes His Own Rules

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

In the world of hip-hop mogul Jermaine Dupri, building excitement for new music means creating his own rules for using social media to engage with fans. Dupri, Mariah Carey's manager and co-producer, has been a lightning rod for criticism from frustrated Carey fans who have wanted more information about her career ...

How C2E2 Celebrates the Superfan

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Three years ago, I blogged about the first time I attended the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, then in its second year. This fan culture event was overwhelming, and it was difficult to know where to begin talking about the experience. On April 26, I experienced C2E2 from a more ...