Social Media Is a Branding Tool. Nothing More. Nothing Less.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 in Advertising Agencies, Social Media | No Comments
Social Media Is a Branding Tool. Nothing More. Nothing Less.

The honeymoon phase is over. Marketers are beginning to look for accountability from their spending in social. “What’s the ROI?” It’s probably not a foreign question to you at this point. If it is, then God bless you, and however long you have before it’s asked. We jumped into the space head first in an […]

The ONE Thing You Need To Succeed In Social Media

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 in Advertising Agencies, Big Ideas, Social Media | No Comments
The ONE Thing You Need To Succeed In Social Media

One of my first blog posts naively focused on the three thing you need in social media to succeed. Surprisingly, I think it still accounts for my most visited blog post, despite its broadness in scope. I foolishly rattled off: Be Human Educate Yourself Don’t Do Everything.Just Do It Right. I say “foolishly” because I […]

Social Business Design: Agencies Need It Too

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 in Advertising Agencies, Social Media | No Comments
Social Business Design: Agencies Need It Too

I joined the hordes of tech geeks down in Austin last week for my first SXSW. Between the countless parties, including one full of steam punkers (go ahead and look it up), I found myself at a number of interesting speaker sessions, mostly about advertising, technology, and innovation. One of the sessions I attended, however, […]

How “Social Business Design” Has Changed My Outlook on Social Media

How “Social Business Design” Has Changed My Outlook on Social Media

Powered, the social media agency I worked for, was recently acquired by Dachis Group. Through this new venture of his, Razorfish co-founder, Jeffrey Dachis, is trying to validate a concept that has grown a pair of legs over the last few years: Social Business. It’s a relatively new concept to me, having spent all my […]

A Facebook Page (Even A Good One) Is Not The Answer

A Facebook Page (Even A Good One) Is Not The Answer

Note: The views expressed on this blog are those of mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer, past or present. Something I have noticed, both through observation and firsthand experience, is the obsession brand marketers, as well as agencies, have with turning to Facebook to resolve their social media challenges. […]

The Ubiquity of the Social Web, and the Questionable Sustainability of its Agencies

The Ubiquity of the Social Web, and the Questionable Sustainability of its Agencies

Let me preface this by saying I don’t write these posts simply to be contrarian. I just think that some perspective is in order. I’ve said this before. My larger interest is in technology and how brands can connect with people through things that whirl and buzz. Taking a step beyond that is my interest […]

The Soul of Social Media, And Why “Agency” Shouldn’t Be A Bad Word

The Soul of Social Media, And Why “Agency” Shouldn’t Be A Bad Word

There’s something I’ve thought about for some time, and was perpetuated by Zach Lieberman, a speaker at the PSFK Conference last week. Lieberman, who is a creative technologist, had a talk about Engaging the Human Element, and “making deeply engaging, entertaining and meaningful interactions” through art and technology. He talked about the power of individuals, […]

Thinking Small Is All The Rage

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 in Advertising Agencies, Personalization | One Comment
Thinking Small Is All The Rage

The idea of agencies and companies thinking small is no new notion. People have been saying it for years, including Greg, who’s gong to push the point further in his upcoming book, microMarketing. The problem is, very few have actually been practicing it. At the PSFK Conference in New York last week, Andy Spade and […]

We Aren’t What We Do. We Should Do What We Are.

We Aren’t What We Do. We Should Do What We Are.

At the PSFK Conference 2010, Erik Proulx, creator, executive producer, and writer of the short film Lemonade, as well as the founder of Please Feed the Animals, spoke in front of the large crowd at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. It goes without saying that all of the speakers were inspiring, forcing ideas to spark […]

The Ubiquity of Facebook and Twitter

The Ubiquity of Facebook and Twitter

This post is more so a raw and unrefined observation/opinion of mine, rather than a picking apart of the two services. For some time I’ve wanted to write a blog post about how Facebook has become the new mass media, or how Twitter has seemingly morphed to a medium, but I think it’s probably even […]