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Cracks in The Walled Gardens

Cracks in The Walled Gardens

For some time, we’ve been referring to Google and Facebook as a duopoly as it relates to digital marketing. Many marketers spend the majority of their digital efforts with these two entities mainly because the stats and results have been phenomenal. But are they...

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Newfound Relevancy…Or Is It?

Newfound Relevancy…Or Is It?

As we all gather in our homes during this unusual circumstance and try to be productive—or not—one ancillary factor is bound to be an increase in TV viewing. In a few of the conversations I’ve had with some of my colleagues they’re seeing it as a boon for traditional...

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A Matter of Execution

A Matter of Execution

Last week in a meeting with a new client the question came up whether their lackluster sales growth is because their strategy is off or whether it’s an outcome of poor execution. I thought of my favorite quote from Isaac Asimov “The true genius of any plan lies as...

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Buying Media Without Strategy Is Wasting Money

Buying Media Without Strategy Is Wasting Money

As we enter a new year and everyone is thinking about their resolutions it’s time to step back and rethink the approach to media buying. While tough media buying will save you money, smart media strategy will MAKE you money. You need a well thought out media plan to...

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Regaining Control

Regaining Control

Hearst just announced that they are launching their own self serve platform. There are many reasons why this is a good idea for both the publisher and the marketers.

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Square Peg, Round Hole

Square Peg, Round Hole

Smaller brands or simple portfolio companies should be focused on growth, not costs. Their media buys should be curated to their unique targets.

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Where Are The Grownups?

Where Are The Grownups?

According to research conducted by The Myers Report almost half of all decisions on which media to buy is being made by people in the industry less than 8 years. You can read a summary of the report here. This is not a new phenomenon. One of the reasons I left the...

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What is Continuity?

What is Continuity?

One of my pet peeves as it relates to media planning is when people use the expression “continuity”. It is usually used in context of how many weeks or months a campaign is scheduled for. The misconception is that if you have longer blocks on your flowchart then you...

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