How AC/DC Turned Loss into Triumph with “Back in Black”

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The rock and roll world recently exploded with rumors that AC/DC was finally calling it quits. Unfortunately, those rumors included speculation that founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young was suffering a debilitating health problem. The band responded with some good news and bad news. The bad news was that ...

How Coachella Creates a Digital Community

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is the top music festival in the world, according to Billboard, grossing $67.2 million and attracting 180,000 people in 2013 over the course of two weekends. It's also an elite experience for the affluent, with an expensive admission fee and amenities that include ...

Do Wearables Have a Fashionable Future?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Roger Wood wants to turn wearable technology into a fashion statement. Wood is the founder of (ART+DATA) Design, and he recently joined OnBeep, a stealthy, secretive startup developing a new wearable device that will combine serious technology with fashion sensibility. Wood recently shared with me on LinkedIn how he and ...

How Kiss Created a Great Brand with Rock Theater

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

They finally made the hall. After selling 100 million albums, reinventing the rock concert as theater, launching their own comic book series, and scaring the bejesus out of parents everywhere, Kiss was finally admitted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. But the band really belongs in a ...

Emerging Artist Spotlight: Beatrice Brigitte

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Beatrice Brigitte doesn't like to follow formulas. The 25-year-old singer rejects the lush production and auto-tuned, anthemic vocals that rule the pop charts in the American Idol era, in favor of a simpler, more organic sound. On many of the songs she writes (such as "The Day"), her voice floats like ...

Why Your Brand Needs to Be a Youtility

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Ellen DeGeneres crashed Twitter with her Oscars selfie, but your business does not need access to Hollywood A-listers to make your own mark. On March 25, author Jay Baer and Anna Hrach of digital agency ethology showed how simply providing useful content can make your brand more valuable to your ...

Can Wu-Tang Clan Save the Record Album with “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin”?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

When I first heard that trailblazing rap collective Wu-Tang Clan intends to release just one copy of its new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, I stopped what I was doing and had to learn more. And therein lies the point of  Wu-Tang Clan's strategy: create intrigue for a ...

“Out Among the Stars”: The Return of the Man in Black

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

In the entertainment industry, your brand endures after you die. Tupac Shakur released seven record albums after his death and appeared via hologram at Coachella in 2012. Michael Jackson earned $160 million in 2013 despite being dead since 2009. And now Johnny Cash has released Out Among the Stars. The ...

Introducing “20/20,” a Film Shot with Google Glass by Clark Kokich

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Clark Kokich has built a career helping brands master digital technology. So it's only fitting that Kokich, the chief strategy officer at Marchex, former Razorfish CEO, and author of Do or Die, has created 20/20, the world's first narrative live-action short film shot with Google Glass. The five-minute movie, which ...

The Collaborative Economy Goes Mainstream

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Welcome to the age of sharing. Thanks to easy-to-use online markets like Airbnb and Uber, consumers are increasingly choosing to share goods and services with each other than buy from big brands. According to Fast Company, the so-called collaborative economy represents a $110 billion market. Now, for the first time, ...