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Bumvertising: Welcome to the Hall of Shame

Bumvertising is exactly what it sounds like: Advertising on the homeless. It started in 2005 when 22-year-old University of Washington grad Ben Rogovy was looking for a cheap way to promote another company he started. Here’s a quick overview: View this video on YouTube The Bumvertising debate has attracted local, national and even international media […]

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Responsible or not? Ringling Brothers Circus

I was surprised how excited I was to take my kids to “The Greatest Show on Earth,” on Saturday. The last time I’d been to The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was at least 30 years ago, and I knew my four and five year old kids would be captivated by the show. […]

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Advertising and PR work better together

I’ve often found myself explaining the difference between Advertising and Public Relations—primarily, what to use and when. I also find myself defending Advertising far too often. It’s an easy target, and its benefits are deeply misunderstood and under appreciated. I’ve had a small tome on this subject cooking for the book and was going to […]

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Responsible Reading: Marketing Management

Seems every marketing book claims to offer the silver bullet—the marketing secret that guarantees incredible success. I’ve read 100’s of marketing books—including some great ones—but there are no shortcuts, folks. To be a Responsible Marketer, you need a strong grounding in the fundamentals. You won’t learn them in a three-day seminar, and probably don’t have […]

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Why you need a Marketing Integrator

You can probably tell I’m a fan of Integrated Marketing Communications, so maybe it’s no surprise that one of our central positions at Outsource Marketing is called a “Marketing Integrator.” Our goal is to deliver strategic, seamless and sustainable marketing, and our Marketing Integrators are are a big part of the way we make “strategic” […]

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IMC: It’s not what you think it is

Next time you are talking to someone that “knows” marketing, ask them what IMC is. If they know the acronym stands for “Integrated Marketing Communications,” they get a star. If they tell you, “IMC is when all your marketing communications are working together—your printed materials, your website, your advertising, direct marketing, new media and your […]

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Responsible or not? Visa’s Olympic sponsorship

If you watched the Olympics, you’ve seen Visa’s pervasive Go World ads. Morgan Freeman‘s distinctive voice always grabs me, but the relevance and timeliness of the ads have kept my attention. Here’s the ad Visa ran immediately after Michael Phelps won his unprecedented 8th Gold Medal. View this video on YouTube. Impressive. Each Visa ad […]

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How Responsible Marketing builds trust

Some people think trust is gained through integrity only. Not so, says Steven M.R. Covey in The Speed of Trust. Trust is equal parts character and competence. Here’s how character and competence are directly related to Responsible Marketing: It takes more than just doing marketing right. For long-term success, you really have to do the […]

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A word of mouth campaign worth talking about

When you plan your marketing, you need to know where customers and prospects go for their information and how they make their buying decisions—so you ask them. If you learn word of mouth is the primary way your customers learn about you, the responsible response is to build word of mouth strategies into your marketing […]

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Is CUIL the worst launch ever?

Even though it just launched yesterday, by now you’ve probably heard of CUIL: the new search engine developed by former Googlers claiming it’s the largest, most-efficient search engine on the Internet. Results are grouped by content and instead of a single link and a snippet, longer text is offered, often along with images—a nice usability […]

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Does marketing need a heart?

There are seven keys to Responsible Marketing. Most would agree the first four keys are necessary just to do marketing right: Strategically responsible – to save time, money and improve focus Execution responsible – with best practices instead of best efforts Casting responsible – so your have the right people in the right roles, internally […]

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Big ideas, tiny budgets

Breakthrough creative agitates. It makes people uneasy, or angry. It might make you laugh or cry. And it always makes people feel—or think. Or both. But breakthrough creative doesn’t happen often enough. The excuse I’ve heard most often is “We don’t have the budget.” Well, some of the best marketing you’ll find doesn’t necessarily come […]

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Yanks Thump Sox (and why casting matters)

Prime rate to remain stable, Bernanke says By Gene Weingarten The Washington Post Sunday, June 22, 2008; Page W32 If you are like I, you are pretty sick of reading articles about how the financially-troubled newspaper industry is making desperation budget cutting moves: Downsizing its products, laying off staff, buying prostitutes for advertisers, and so […]

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Taglines to live by: Can you guess who is who?

Here’s a pop quiz my partner Dan Murphy gave our team at yesterday’s weekly Huddle. | View | Upload your own How did you do? Us either. Here are Dan’s thoughts on the test, and why we all did so poorly: What I found intriguing was that so many of these Fortune 500 companies—presumably with […]

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No sh**, Sherlock: You need research and planning

My partner, Eric Anderson, shared this quote from Sherlock Holmes at our monthly partner’s meeting here at Outsource Marketing. It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories instead of theories to suit facts. Although this quote was meant to draw attention to internal […]

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Cracker Barrel’s new promotion, and why context is key

From a contextual standpoint, I wonder just how responsible the Cracker Barrel’s Greatest Family Road Trip game is. While many are considering ways to cut back on driving, in this promotion, the more Cracker Barrels visited, the more chances a consumer has to win. Drawing heavier criticism is the grand prize, a 2008 Monaco Cayman […]

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Drug company advertising: Responsible or not?

Every time I hear an ad for a medication on television, I think of the adage, If the disease doesn’t kill you, the cure will. After all, “the side effects might include. . .” list is usually so long and filled with so many undesirable things it would make anyone cringe. I don’t like hearing […]

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I’ve got some Cheetos. Let’s go vandalize something!

Are you ready to join the Orange Underground? You know, a place where you can cause a little mischief (RAoC – Random Acts of Cheetos) then upload your videos to YouTube and become rich (in Cheetos) and famous (on Comedy Central)? Here are a few of the professionally produced ads from the Orange Underground campaign: […]

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Where can I get my Culture Decoder ring?

I first learned about Clotaire Rapaille back in 2004 in a fascinating Frontline episode entitled The Persuaders that discussed the way advertisers and some of the world’s largest companies’ are working to persuade consumers what to buy, whom to trust, and what to think. Watch the entire program by clicking on the link above, or […]

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