The Pre-Made Podcast, my show about people who have overcome long odds and serious setbacks to do extraordinary things in their communities and careers, is now available on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Simply choose the service you prefer and subscribe. All past and future episodes will be available without needing to stream from my […]
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?
For decades, advertisers have relied on an index-based approach to determine audience concentration. This way, they can size up who’s consuming what content and figure out if it makes sense to advertise there. No one uses this method more than TV advertising planners. An index worked pretty effectively when we had fewer choices of what […]
[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 […]
A few years ago, I started noticing several former colleagues taking jobs at direct-to-consumer (D2C) brands, including pet food provider Ollie and Bombfell, a seller of men’s clothing. At first, I thought of these companies as experiments in a new business model, one that bypassed traditional retail and forged relationships directly with the end consumer. […]
Like so many other innovations that have come before it, advanced TV has become a crowded, noisy field. It can mean very different things, depending on who you ask. There is one aspect of advanced TV that is consistent, however: using richer data than a blunt age-gender demographic to define and plan to reach an […]
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 […]
During the eight and a half years that I worked at Nokia and Microsoft, I survived layoffs exceeding a staggering 50,000 people, enough to fill a large stadium. Among this throng are people whose stories I’ll never forget. There was the colleague who had started his new gig at Nokia just six weeks before Nokia […]
I had the pleasure of publishing an op-ed piece for the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) recently. In this article, I argue that performance (e.g. more sales, customers, website visits, app downloads, etc.), not cheap CPMs, is the future of television advertising. Check out the article here.