Snapchat and Vine: The Disruptor and Disrupted

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Remember when Vine was cool and Snapchat was dirty? How quickly their fortunes have changed. Vine, once the darling of visual storytellers, is losing brands and attention, sinking in popularity on the app store. Meantime, Snapchat has overcome its reputation as a fringe app run by a badly behaving frat ...

Heroes and Villains: Why Deflategate Is Good for the NFL

Monday, January 26th, 2015

Photo source: Wikipedia NFL CMO Dawn Hudson should be pinching herself right now because the "deflategate" controversy is a godsend for the league. Allegations that the New England Patriots knowingly provided underinflated footballs for the AFC championship game have created more conversation about the upcoming Super Bowl XLIX than the NFL ...

One Stadium to Rule Them All

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Even the most successful NFL teams cannot control the quality of their product on the field. And in an era of free agency, it's harder for teams to develop fan loyalty toward their best players. So more teams, even successful ones, have turned their stadiums into memorable experiences, where 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 ...

Bruno Mars Brings His Own Brand of Cool to the Super Bowl

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Is there anything that Bruno Mars cannot do? During a spirited Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show, the Grammy-award winning pop star sang, danced, did the splits, played the drums, and for 12 minutes made us forget we were watching an overhyped, tedious championship game. He also may have provided a ...

Why the NFL Needs Richard Sherman

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Welcome to the new modern-day NFL, where athletes are also entertainers and celebrities who cater to every personal taste. Two high-profile athlete/brands will take the stage February 2 to compete in Super Bowl XLVIII. On the one hand, the Denver Broncos feature Quarterback Peyton Manning, who caters to fans of ...

“Hey Kid, Catch”: How Coca-Cola and Mean Joe Greene Launched a Legend

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

The Super Bowl is the quintessential American pastime. No other event captures the essence of American culture so perfectly: our love of sport, our admiration of spectacle, and our devotion to capitalism. How else do you explain why the Super Bowl advertisements have become as famous as the game itself? ...

How Brands Can Be Cool by Going Retro

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

Sometimes a brand can unleash its inner cool by going retro. The Topps Company is a case in point. Topps has been manufacturing trading cards annually since Joe DiMaggio was playing for the New York Yankees. Since 2001, Topps has issued so-called heritage sets that depict contemporary players in cards ...

NFL magazine: fumble or first down?

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

What publication do you read for in-depth coverage of the Super Bowl? Sports Illustrated or ESPN online, perhaps? If the National Football League has its way, your future choice will be NFL magazine, a recently launched publication covering all things NFL. By issuing its own official magazine, the NFL becomes ...

How the NFL & Facebook build the Coors Light Brand

Friday, September 10th, 2010

For Coors Light, winning the hearts and minds of men aged 21-34 means serving up a different kind of brew that combines the excitement of the NFL and the reach of Facebook. The official beer of the NFL has worked with my employer Razorfish to launch its first-ever Coors Light ...