The Internet Wants To Kill You…

(This post is part of an ongoing series with Brian Solis “17 Cartoons That Will Change Your Business,” inspired by Brian’s book, “What’s The Future Of Business?”  To sign up for the gapingvoid newsletter and download the above image for your use  please CLICK HERE.) It’s the one customer out of a hundred who is going to post […]

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This Stuff Is Hard…

(This post is part of an ongoing series with Brian Solis “17 Cartoons That Will Change Your Business,” inspired by Brian’s book, “What’s The Future Of Business?”  To sign up for the gapingvoid newsletter and download the above image for your use  please CLICK HERE.) As Brian says, businesses are fighting through an exceptional period of […]

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“Mea­ning­ful brands out­per­form stock mar­ket by 120%”.

Havas CEO David Jones tweeted the following news story earlier tonight: “Meaningful brands outperform stock market by 120%”. 120%. And why is that, you ask? Perhaps it’s related to something Seth Godin and I were riffing on, WAY back in 2008: SETH: You can’t drink any more bott­led water than you already do. Or buy […]

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How Most Marketing Works

[Originally sent out in the newsletter etc.] There is a popular idea that everyone hates marketing. So much so, that even my Twitter buddy, Scott Stratten has built an outstanding business out of the idea. Of course, it all depends how you define “marketing”. Making sure you hire really nice, friendly, chirpy people. Well, that’s […]

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Everything Is Marketing

[Buy the print!] [Subscribe.] This has been doing the rounds for the last decade or so: the idea that marketing is not just some appendage to be bolted on externally, but something more central and baked-in. But of course, you can take that idea too far. You can make it a silly idea. No idea […]

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daily bizcard: brian clark

[N.B. The Daily Bizcard archive is here etc.] I had this idea that wouldn’t it be great to give out free printed business cards to my favorite people? A wee social gesture from me in the form of a social object, which as I’m fond of saying, I believe is the future of marketing. So […]

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off to st. louis…

Today I’m flying to St. Louis, to give a talk at Purina, the giant pet food company that’s owned by Nestle. It’s their big, annual digital summit. All their top digital marketing folk (and their top ad agency digital folk) will be there. I’ll be talking about “Social Objects”, and how I believe they are […]

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“selling by giving”, or, “gift economics”

Seth Godin does it. Brian Clark does it. Gary Vee does it. Esther Dyson does it. James Governor does it. Kathy Sierra does it. Dennis Howlettt does it. John T. Unger does it. Robert Scoble does it. Fred Wilson does it. These eight smart, kind, great people, some more well-known than others,  are masters at […]

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can art have “users”? [revisited]

One of my collectors, Tom LaPille just emailed me this- a photo of his “Quality” cube grenade, now safely hanging on his office wall. Like I said back in April, it’s what the art DOES that’s interesting to me, more than what it IS per se. We’ve always seen the Kine­tic Qua­lity wor­king in mar­ke­ting, […]

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culture = culture

[Sketch, 2008] Culture = Business = Marketing = Language = Communication = Art = Sex = Culture…

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His work acknowledges the absurdity of workaday life, while also encouraging employees to respond with passion, creativity, and non-conformity...   MacLeod’s work is undeniably an improvement over the office schlock of yore. At its best, it’s more honest, and more cognizant of the entrepreneurial psyche, while still retaining some idealism.

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