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 ...

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 ...

“Do or Die”: tough medicine for the CMO

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Marketers need to shift their focus from saying things about their brands to creating great products and experiences that will make people love their brands. That's what Clark Kokich believes. Clark, chairman of Razorfish, is the author of Do or Die, a new book that challenges marketers to rethink the way ...

The marketing genius of “Led Zeppelin IV”

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Imagine if Apple unveiled the latest iPhone without a logo or if Lady Gaga had released Born This Way without her name, face, or album title on the cover. That’s what Led Zeppelin did 40 years ago when the band issued its fourth album with a cover consisting solely of a ...

The Tiger Woods brand will be just fine

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

Tiger Woods might be in a world of hurt, but his brand is going to be just fine.  For a famous athlete, he has a bland, anonymous public persona.  His image is built purely on sports performance and not much else.  His self-described "transgression" has not tarnished his image because, ...

Are you experienced?

Friday, July 25th, 2008

Engagement-based marketing is all the rage. Forrester Research, Gartner, and JupiteResearch have all published major commentary on engagement in the past 12 months. Agencies like my employer Avenue A | Razorfish are talking about the importance of building brands through experiences that engage consumers, online and offline. ...

Avenue A | Razorfish Unveils Top 10 Digital Brands

Saturday, June 21st, 2008

| View | Upload your own In a previous blog post, I mentioned that my Avenue A | Razorfish colleague Joe Crump was going to discuss "Digital Darwinism" at the Cannes International Advertising Festival on June 21. Today I'm making available to you his final presentation courtesy of SlideShare. ...

Digital Darwinism at Cannes

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

Is there such a thing as a digital brand? Joe Crump certainly thinks so. Joe is an executive in the strategy practice of Avenue A | Razorfish, my employer. On June 21 at the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Joe will unveil the top 10 digital brands based on ...

Smirnoff, Nike, and Lynx embrace Social Influence Marketing

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

What do a liquor company, sports brand, and a body deodorant have in common? Smirnoff, Nike, and Lynx are all examples of brands in Asia/Pacific that are working with my employer Avenue A | Razorfish to embrace Social Influence Marketing, or employing social media and social influencers to achieve one’s marketing ...

Marketing's new imperative: engagement

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

This blog post comes to you live from the 2008 Forrester Marketing Forum, held April 8-9, 2008, in Los Angeles. The purpose of the event is to take a snapshot of the state of the art in successful marketing. Normally these kinds of events are hosted by an executive who ...