Category advertising

Five Voices Of Assurance And Optimism For Navigating COVID-19

I’ve been hosting livestream shows (“Simulmedia Live”) for Simulmedia since the summer of 2019 and have had the privilege of talking to some awfully smart people from top brands, agencies, cable networks, and the investing community. Ever since we’ve started working from home, though, we’ve featured guests who I like to refer to as a […]

What I’ve Learned About Being A Livestream Host

Having hosted 15 livestream programs for my employer, Simulmedia, I can confidently say at least one thing about the experience.  After watching me, no one is going to forget Anderson Cooper. Or Chris Wallace. Or Pat Sajak, Captain Kangaroo, The Church Lady – or, in fact, any other professional broadcasting host who comes to mind.  Our […]

How to Use Audience Data Like Today’s Masters of TV Advertising

It’s a lot more complicated to be a marketer today than it was 25 years ago. Not surprisingly, I occasionally encounter marketers who feel dizzy at times by the overwhelming amount of tactical choices they have available. My reminder to them goes something like this: sometimes, the best way to cope with complexity is simply […]

In-House Or Agency?

When it comes to whether a brand should hire an agency or bring the work in-house, ask yourself this: is the activity in question revenue generating?

[Webinar] How Legacy Brands Can Compete in a Direct-To-Consumer Economy – My Conversation With LUMA Partners CEO Terry Kawaja

Last week, I hosted an ANA webinar with LUMA Partners CEO and Founder Terry Kawaja to talk about the rise of the direct brand economy and what traditional advertisers can do to compete. Many of you may know LUMA Partners for its LUMAscapes visualizations of various ecosystems – here’s the one they created for ad […]

[Appearing in Broadcasting & Cable] – Advanced TV Ad Targeting: Separating the Wheat From the Chaff

I wrote this piece on Advanced TV advertising, which published in Broadcasting & Cable today (February 26, 2018).  If you’ve heard about Advanced TV and want to learn more, or if you’re just getting started, I hope you find it useful. ***** You probably read the trades and know that you can now use rich […]

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 […]

Avoiding The Career Obsolescence Trap

Four years ago, I had a conversation about career obsolescence I’ll never forget. I was catching up with a friend and former colleague who had left her job at an advertising agency around 2008 to be a stay-at-home mom. This woman is the best account director I’ve ever known. She is tough, comfortable defending her […]

Small Data Points Signal Huge Changes Ahead

For over seven years, I worked in marketing for a video game publisher. There was no part of the job I looked forward to doing more than producing TV commercials. There was one aspect of this work that tied my stomach up in knots, though: pitching the idea for the commercial to my company’s CEO. Not […]

A Surprise Potential Beneficiary Of Ad Blocking

As this column has noted before, worries over ad blocking are over-done and almost certainly louder and more extreme than the damage this innovation will actually do to media companies and advertisers. For a moment, though, let’s imagine that ad blocking makes a meaningful impact. If that happens, there’s an unlikely beneficiary: Microsoft. Here’s how […]