When Advertising Becomes Badvertising

In the digital world, run a banner campaign and achieve a 1 1/2% conversion rate and you’re a hero. As a branding guy, I worry about the other 98 1/2% of our target audience. In this age of consumer-driven relationship we must be thoughtful and strategic as to how we meet branding and marketing goals.

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The Myth Of Category Specialization

Pixelslave, is a generalist agency. We provide branding and marketing services to B2B and B2C clients across many categories. Few things grind my gears as much as RFPs requiring or strongly favoring deep category experience or category specialization. Why? With few exceptions, your category is not as unique as you think it is.

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Brand Experience on the Web

Technological change has always rewritten the rules whether we’re talking about warfare, industry or how we live our daily lives. Technology has taken us to a place in which an increasing percentage of our daily experience is in the virtual realm. The result of people being more wired is that there is no longer meaningful […]

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Building Brand on the Web

In my previous post I discussed brand building strategies at the point of sale for retail businesses. In this post I’d like to expand upon a few passing references to online strategies. There are many opportunities to provide a differentiated brand experience on the the web, but there may be trade-offs to evaluate and understand […]

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Are Coupons Killing Retail Brands?

A November 29th article in Wired Magazine titled Bargain Junkies are Beating Retailers at Their Own Game, reminded me of my ongoing concern about the future of retail brands. I commented to some colleagues about it, then saw an Ad Age article Why Groupon Could Own Your Brand’s Future. Bargain Junkies refers to Groupon as […]

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The Creative Process

The creative process is a strange animal indeed. After spending most of my adult life involved in creative services I can’t claim to understand how we access our creativity in a reliable and repeatable way. Even after so many successful instances, the blank page of a new project provides a combination of excitement about the […]

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Opt-In Advertising

I was driving down the turnpike on my way to the office.  Looking at all the bumper stickers, decals, vanity license plates and assorted other messaging people put on their cars got me thinking about the ongoing discussion about privacy as relates to using personal information to serve relevant advertising. People seem quite willing to […]

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Loyalty and Luxury

A few days ago a friend and marketing guru tweeted a question about whether luxury brands should employ loyalty programs. I think it’s a great question well worth considering. Luxury brands are certainly challenged in this economy, but deciding if, or how to design a loyalty program is a question of weighing short-term revenue needs […]

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How Analytics has Affected Creativity in Advertising

Is it possible that Google Analytics and other enterprise analytics platforms influence in the interactive space is so profound that it has forever changed the face of traditional, offline advertising? Let’s be clear about one thing.  Metrics and measurement are not new concepts.  Direct Response advertisers have been relying on such data to optimize campaigns […]

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Agism in Advertising

I’ve been thinking a lot about age lately. Advertising is a very youth oriented industry. Walking the halls of agencies, it’s immediately apparent how young the personnel are. That perception is reinforced when reading blog posts and commentary from older advertising veterans angry about being unable to find employment. According to the US Census Bureau, […]

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