Visual Storytelling in Today’s “All Access” Era

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Access. It's the most valuable currency of celebrity journalism. Photojournalists Bob Gruen and Ken Regan built celebrated careers by getting access to coveted rock stars such as Madonna, whom Ken Regan photographed as she was about to become a star. Regan, who passed away in 2012, was welcomed into the ...

How Louis Vuitton Appeals to Upscale Baby Boomers with Music

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Louis Vuitton knows how to target an audience with rock celebrities. The iconic luxury brand is working with another iconic brand, David Bowie, to produce the second television spot ever aired in the company's 160-year history. The ad, an installment in Louis Vuitton's "L'Invitation au Voyage" series, will feature the ...

5 Customer Experience Lessons from Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Live Acts Now

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

If you want to improve your customer experience, read the recently published Rolling Stone overview of the 50 greatest live acts now. The best live acts do something all brands aspire to do: create an experience that make their fans want to come back for more. It's a simple formula ...

The Art of Co-Branding

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

On May 7, music mogul Jermaine Dupri and I were fortunate to have a byline published in Fast Company concerning four tips for successful co-branding. Co-branding  -- or sharing your own brand with an outside brand -- is an increasingly popular way for celebrities like Justin Timberlake and major corporations ...

How Smirnoff and Madonna Inspired the World to Dance

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Co-brands between artists and celebrities are all the rage, as evidenced recently by the launch of Justin Timberlake's relationship with Budweiser and Alicia Keys's co-brand with Blackberry. At the Forrester Research Marketing Forum April 19, Christopher Swope of Live Nation provided a case study on how artists and brands can ...

Madonna doesn’t need all your luvin’

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Wow. Madonna’s critics really have their knives out this week. But she might end up having the last laugh. As you might have heard, sales of her latest album, MDNA, suffered the biggest second-week drop in chart history.  Since the news broke, the highly regarded Lefsetz Letter has stated bluntly that ...

Why we need Michael Jackson

Friday, June 26th, 2009

If the elections in Iran have brought out the best in Twitter, Michael Jackson has brought out the worst.  His death June 25 unleashed a torrent of morbid celebrity gawking that brought Twitter to its knees.  (Ironically his death will also give him a bigger career boost than anything he ...

Skip the ad? Skip the story

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Whoever complained about intrusive advertising hasn't read the May 2008 issue of Vanity Fair, where the advertising eclipses the content. If you need any convincing, I give you the opening sentences of a head-scratching cover profile of Madonna: "The world is a series of rooms, which are arranged like concentric ...