Three Marketing Lessons from Bill McDermott’s “Winners Dream”

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

Everyone loves a winner. But what are winners made of? According to Winners Dream, new book by SAP CEO Bill McDermott, winners know how to dream big, empathize with others, and sense and respond to change. McDermott's book matters to marketers not only because he believes in the power of ...

Is Apple Disrupting Industries Again?

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Do you remember when Apple could change entire industries with its product launches? Apple just might be returning to its industry disrupting ways with the launch of Apple Watch. When the Watch was unveiled in September, not only was I was struck by the passionate reactions (ranging from praise to ...

How Robert Plant Reinvented Himself

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

One of the consequences of fame is being pigeonholed. McDonald's is so well known for serving burgers, fries, and milkshakes that the fast-food giant has struggled to become a credible alternative for salads and smoothies. Sean Connery found it difficult to transition his acting career beyond James Bond. And then ...

GE Combines Content Marketing & Advertising with “Enhance Your Lighting”

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

Conventional wisdom says that content marketing needs to be useful to be effective. Creating utility builds credibility and separates content marketers from advertisers. Hence, Intelligensia Coffee offers Brew Guides to teach consumers how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, and Birchbox creates how-to videos with beauty tips, such as ...

Is There Room for Brands on Ello? You Bet

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Meet Ello, the anti-advertising social network and gated community for the cool kids. Ello has already exploded in popularity by offering an ad-free network and by allowing members to use made-up names instead of their real names (unlike Facebook, which requires the use of your real name to have a ...

What NFL CMO Dawn Hudson Can Learn from the NBA’s Comeback

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Photo source: guinnessworldrecords.com Dawn Hudson has a lot of work to do. As the NFL's newly appointed CMO, Hudson enters a maelstrom of controversy caused by the league's failure to deal with repugnant off-the-field behavior of high-profile players like Ray Rice. But the NFL is not the only big-time sports brand that has faced hard times. In the ...

Apple Pays Dearly for U2’s “Free” Music

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Photo credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez, AP Let's get something straight: U2 did not give away its new album, Songs of Innocence. To be sure, if you have iTunes, on September 9 you received a free copy (without asking for it) of Songs of Innocence. But Apple paid U2 an undisclosed amount ...

How an Album Cover Helped Unleash an Outlaw

Monday, September 8th, 2014

During the golden age of album-oriented rock, when a Led Zeppelin double album could sell a million copies before its ship date, country music was for rednecks who wore manure-crusted boots to bed -- or at least, that's what the recording industry believed. But in 1975, Willie Nelson released an album ...

Selling Elvis in the Age of Instagram

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Image source: Vegas.com Elvis never left the building after all. Seventeen years after his death, Elvis Presley remains one of the most lucrative names in show business. According to Forbes, he is the second wealthiest deceased celebrity, earning $55 million in 2013 through merchandising, licensing of his image, and his Graceland ...

How Acting in a Renaissance Faire Has Made Me a Better Executive

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Photo credit: Steven Bourelle This summer, I have been living two lives. During the week, I am CEO of David J. Deal Consulting, helping companies build their brands with content marketing. But during the weekends, I transform myself into Nicolas Wright, a vainglorious barrister who walks a fine line between good ...