This summer I’ve seen some great live music including Eminem, St. Vincent, Beck, Aerosmith, and Ryan Adams (covering the entire Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street album). Two bands I saw stuck me as a fascinating contrast of performance styles: U2 and Dead and Company. It got me thinking about how we work no matter our profession.Read More
I co-founded Signature Tones, a sonic branding studio, and I wanted you to be among the first to know about it. It’s crazy exciting to establish a business that combines my marketing geekdom with my massive passion for music. Sonic branding is a wide open and little understood aspect of marketing that has fascinated me for more than a decade. I started the company with my friend Juanito Pascual, a Santa Monica - based touring musician and recording artist.Read More
I frequently speak with people who run local businesses such as real-estate agencies, law firms, bike shops, and the like. These entrepreneurs are frequently interested in the ideas of real-time marketing, social networking, and content creation to grow their businesses but are struggling to find a way to create something of interest to their local market.Read More
Social networks are a great place to share content, to interact with others, to listen in on what’s happening, and yes, if approached carefully, social networks can be a way to get the word out about you and your business. However as I review people’s business-related social streams I find way too much selling going on.
When I speak with people at conferences, many want to know, specifically, how to use social networking feeds such as Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook to communicate effectively as a marketing and sales tool.Read More
When we passed through the ticket gates on the first evening, each of us was given a single red rose. After the band left the stage on the last night, tens of thousands of us had trouble leaving the venue.
This past weekend – July 3, 4, and 5 at Soldier Field in Chicago - the “core four” surviving members of legendary rock band the Grateful Dead played their final three 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well #Dead50 reunion shows, a celebration of longevity, peace, friendship, and love.Read More
The Grateful Dead used free content to build a social network of fans before Mark Zuckerberg was even born. They pioneered many of the ideas we now use in social media and content marketing.
Unlike other bands, the Grateful Dead encouraged concertgoers to record their live shows, establishing “taper sections” behind the mixing board where fans’ recording gear can be set up for best sound quality. When requesting tickets to a show, a taper would request a seat in the special section reserved just for them.Read More
I was 13 years old when Saturday Night Live premiered in 1975. While I remember staying up to watch some episodes of the show’s first season, it was a few years later when I was in High School that I became a fan. I’d come home after an evening partying with my friends and my parents would be asleep, I’d be properly mood adjusted and I’d crack up at the zaniness. It seemed the actors were of my generation and we were on the inside of the jokes.Read More
Last month my daughter Allison invited me to join her to see Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at the Boston Calling music festival. It was an epic invitation because Allison, who is soon entering her final year of university, has become a live music fan based on my taking her to shows since she was seven years old. We’ve attended other festivals including Lollapalooza and Projekt Revolution and have seen close to 100 bands together since that first B-52s and Go-Go’s double bill when she was small.
Back then it was my musical taste that ruled. But now Allison is in charge, introducing me to new music! What a great way for a father and daughter to bond over a shared passion.Read More