Posts Tagged Rants

The Brand Chef is a Jerk!

Yep. I’m a jerk… a snob… a ruffian (just look at my profile photo). Or maybe I’m just a little more prudent with the people I associate with in my social and professional networks than some? Case in point: LinkedIn is a great business-networking tool. I’ve only

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We Try Harder…

There’s a segment out there for everyone. It’s YOU. It’s truthful, relevant, unique, and engaging So, in this economy, instead of trying to bark louder than the big dogs, try something unique Avis has a great twist on it… Try harder at being YOU, and the rest

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Eavesdropping On Your Customers?

It’s not that I condone listening to others talk while in restaurants (guilty). Nor do I condone wiretapping or spying (no comment). But when developing marketing plans or strategy for clients, I like to get as much information – fill in the who’s what’s where’s why’s and

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10 Takeaways From Inside Interactive, Phoenix ‘08

This weekend, The Brand Chef traded in the ‘ol toque blanche for something closer to a mortarboard. I just returned form a weekend seminar hosted by The Agency Management Roundtable on the workings and strategic approach to building an interactive agency. As promised, (via Twitter) I wanted

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Marketing Mistakes – A Baker’s Dozen

Over the years, I’ve seen some incredibly successful marketing campaigns and some pretty dismal ones. Two questions I’m continually asked are: “What works?” and, conversely, “What doesn’t?” My answer is usually something along the lines of “It depends,” which is usually followed by the ubiquitous blank stare…

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Negative P.R. Is Still P.R…. Right?

PETA. Sometimes that’s enough to understand why I titled this post as I did. But yesterday I read Jack Neff’s article in Advertising Age and simply had to comment. It seems as though PETA Exec VP Tracy Reiman sent a letter directly to Ben Cohen and Jerry

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This Rump Is Brought To You By…

Remember back, just a few years, a cartoon with Daffy Duck where he pulls his tail feathers up and exposes, emblazoned in all its glory, the WB logo – smack dab on his protruding rump? As a kid, (and admittedly, even now) I thought a logo on

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Sharing As A Networking Tool

I have seen some pretty heavy-handed attempts at networking. I think we’ve all experienced it, from telemarketers to Chamber functions and “that guy” that just won’t back down. Over at The Society for Word of Mouth, Ulla Jones offered up a simple, yet profound slogan to remember

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Post 2 Post: Jack’s Notebook by Gregg Fraley (part of the Simmering Judgments Series)

I’m kind of a quirky guy. I don’t like reading fiction. Now, as a “Right-Brainer” you’d expect me to really dig fiction. But for the longest time, my Barnes & Noble receipts have been filled with non-fiction. Most of the time, my reading list looks like some

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