I remember very clearly the moment in 1995 when I first saw a web page. I very quickly subscribed to a dial-up internet service and began thinking about the marketing aspects of the new technology. I sensed this would be big. More than twenty-five years later, marketing has gone through an enormous revolution as a result of the web. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about blockchain. I think the technology is coming to marketing soon and has potential to be just as revolutionary as the web has been.Read More
American Airlines is an amazing example of the new rules of marketing and public relations at work throughout an organization. Recently, I went to the company’s Dallas headquarters to learn how the airline uses real-time social networking to communicate with customers. In this excerpt from new 6th edition of my book The New Rules of Marketing and PR released this week, I share how important real-time customer communications are for running the entire airline all the way up to the CEO.Read More
At the Public Affairs Council Executive Meeting where I delivered a keynote speech titled “Why the Best Marketers Win Elections” I had a chance to interview Nuala O’Connor, @privacymama, President & CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology, a global nonprofit committed to advancing our digital rights. We spoke about safeguarding your own and your kids’ online privacy.Read More
When a new social network pops up and the defining characteristic is that it is like another social network but better, it’s doomed. Mastodon is the latest cool kids social network “like Twitter but better” and is reported to be experiencing very fast growth. But like others that basically copy what’s already established (Ello and Google Plus come to mind), my guess is that it will not catch on beyond a bunch of very early adopters.Read More
I’m a “zero email” enthusiast. I’m obsessed with getting my email inbox down to zero emails. It turns our millions of us have this same addiction. The problem with those like me who suffer with email zero is that with 300 or so emails a day, we spend so much time focused on email that we are never in the productivity zone.Read More
On Saturday, I attended a Donald Trump rally in Portsmouth, NH as part of my ongoing study and analysis of the marketing aspects of the U.S. Presidential election. It was my second Trump rally (the first was prior to the New Hampshire primary). During this election cycle I also attended rallies with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio. For a marketing geek there’s no better ongoing case study.Read More
“Instagram. Whisper. Yik Yak. Vine. YouTube. Kik. Ask.fm. Tinder. The dominant force in the lives of girls coming of age in America today is social media.”
I just finished the book American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers by Nancy Jo Sales. This is an important book if you want to learn how the young generation—both girls and boys—use their smartphones. It’s an essential read if you have teenagers or tweens in your life.Read More
Living in the Boston area gives me an incredible window into the U.S. Presidential election. Since Boston is less than an hour’s drive from the New Hampshire border, candidates with deep pockets advertise on television here in Boston hoping to influence the first in the nation primary voters who have access to Boston TV. My hometown paper, the Boston Globe has extensive coverage of the primary race.Read More
Early this month I visited the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii to do some surfing (on smaller waves) and watch the pros (on the bigger waves).
I had time to think about how content driven the business of surfing is.Read More
Buyers have more information at their fingertips than ever before, yet the same sales techniques which were appropriate for the 1980s are still being used today.
The world has changed, and organizations must avoid making the sales mistakes if they are to thrive.Read More