Author Archives: Matt Collins

Tesla: En Route To Absolution

Telsa received some very good news last week when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) concluded that driver error, not a failure in the company’s Autopilot feature, killed driver Joshua Brown. If their ruling had gone the other way, NHTSA might have spelled doom for Tesla. After all, CEO Elon Musk’s crown jewel is […]

Quantifying The Value Of PR: An Approach For Data-Driven Marketers

The first step to demand creation often requires investing in hard-to-measure marketing tactics. Unlike bottom-of-funnel metrics, e.g. customer acquisition, knowing how well top-of-funnel activities work requires relying on metrics that I’ve never found very satisfying. They include aided or unaided awareness, ad recall, and reach and frequency. Public relations, or PR, falls in this hard-to-measure category. In […]

A Tale Of Two Presidential Meetings With Silicon Valley CEOs

On Thursday, February 17, 2011, President Barack Obama joined a dinner hosted by venture capitalist and Democratic donor John Doerr. It included a who’s-who of Silicon Valley executives, including leaders from Facebook, Google, Apple and others. On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, President-elect Donald Trump hosted a meeting convened with the help of venture capitalist and Republican […]

At Risk: Three Things The Tech Industry Loves That Trump Is Likely To Kill

Following this November’s U.S. presidential election, many parents found themselves having to tell anxious children what a Trump administration would mean. If you have a friend or loved one who works in technology, it wouldn’t hurt to have a version of this talk with them, too. That’s because a Trump presidency is likely to usher […]

Facebook Is A Bigger Company Than Google Was Through 17 Quarters. Here’s How Facebook Will Grow Its Lead.

After Facebook’s most recent blowout quarter, the question is, “Where do we go from here?” For the last several quarters, I’ve been comparing the top-line revenue for both Alphabet/Google and Facebook through their first 17 quarters as publicly traded companies. Google’s 17 quarter ended December 31, 2008, while Facebook’s ended on September 30, 2016. As […]

The (Mostly) Wrong Questions People Ask About Facebook Advertising

At the conclusion of every quarter, investors, researchers, and members of the news media all want to get a read on whether Facebook can continue its impressive growth. Because I work for Ampush, a Facebook Marketing Partner, or FMP, I get a lot of those questions. After nearly every quarter, I come to the same […]

Why I’ll Be Writing Something New From Now On

Following this, my 200th blog post, it’s time for a change. In the future, you will see fewer new posts from me. I don’t know what the frequency will become, though once every 4-6 weeks feels about right. This has nothing to do with this blog’s core theme – disruptive tech, trends, and opportunities – about […]

Apple, The Hardware Mirage, And The Software Trap

Reactions to Apple’s announcement of the iPhone 7 suggest that we have reached a plateau in smartphone industrial design. After all, Apple, the king of silicon chic, finally didn’t deliver a package that wowed. In fact, Apple’s “courageous” euthanizing of the headphone jack seems to either perplex, annoy, or strike a funny bone. I get the hullabaloo. […]

Marketing Leadership Death Traps And How To Avoid Them

NFL head coaches struggle with job security. Going into the 2016-17 season, team owners fired six head coaches. This followed seven more who got the axe going into last season. With just 32 professional football teams, the resulting 40.6% turnover over the last two seasons is awfully high. Memo to NFL head coaches: rent before […]

In A World Of Fast Advertising, Great Creative Still Has No Shortcuts

Three years ago, I wrote a blog post entitled, “Why The Creatives In the Room Still Matter As Ad Dollars Shift To Mobile.” In it, I observed that marketers’ push into mobile would require talented designers and copywriters to ensure that consumers actually engaged. Since then, mobile has evolved considerably and in most ways is […]