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 ...

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 ...

Email and Referral Marketing: The Workhorse and Dark Horse for Customer Acquisition

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Digital long ago established itself as a channel for brand building and direct marketing. But what are the most popular digital tools for acquiring customers? According to my newly published report for Gigaom Research, the unsexy tactic of email marketing is a digital workhorse, popular for awareness building, and customer acquisition, ...

Micro-Content and Visual Storytelling: Gary Vaynerchuk and Mike Corak Discuss 2014 Social Media Trends

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Successful brands will figure out how to customize micro-content -- especially visual stories -- across disparate social networks. That's a key take-away from the Econsultancy December 17 webinar, "The Top 8 Trends in Social Media: Opportunities for 2014." conducted by noted entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk and Mike Corak of agency Ethology. Corak, ...