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March 26, 2015

Is Machine-to-Machine Marketing the Next Big Thing?

Picture this. You’ve just polished off your last bottle of white wine. Your refrigerator takes note and places an order for you. The next day when you arrive home from work, a fresh shipment of sauvignon blanc awaits you on your doorstep.

This is the inevitable future we’re learning to expect. The Internet of Things. Smart Objects. Digital Twins. A world full of interconnected apps and devices that have the ability to make decisions for us — without us.

Need flowers for Valentine’s Day? Your phone will order your wife’s favorite lilies based on her stored preferences and your recent order history. Want to watch the new Will Ferrell movie? Your smart car will pre-order movie tickets and popcorn based on your current location, traffic, and travel speed.

No one will complain about outsourcing the mundane decisions of life. But will the end of human-driven purchasing decisions spell the end of marketing as we know it?

As Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast.

March 20, 2015

Understanding the Limits of a Brand

As I’ve said many times, agency life is amazing. Agency marketers are some of the luckiest people on the planet. We get to work with great brands, help launch new products, work with exceptionally smart people, and probably party harder and have more fun than people in any other industry.

However, if you were to take a sneak peak inside the marketing brain, you’d get a glimpse at our biggest fears. And you’d probably come away thinking we’re insecure masochists. Just under our consciousness are horrible aching fears that keep us up at night and give us cold sweats.

March 13, 2015

3 Reasons Why Starting Out in the Real World Is More Than Just Rent & Ramen

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Recently, my Facebook newsfeed was inundated with statuses about Spring Break. And while admittedly I may be slightly jealous as I stare at rain all week, I can’t say I miss that time of my life. Because I know what comes next…

The job search.

Marketing students across the country are gearing up to graduate college, which means they’re diving head face-first into the job search. It’s stressful, messy, and requires an iron will and the ability to forgive yourself for the amount of stress eating you’ll do.

March 4, 2015

Why Your Blog Homepage Is a Missed Opportunity

Here’s a question -- how many “must-read” blogs do you follow?

How many blogs do you visit on a regular basis, whether by manually typing in the URL, following a bookmark, or subscribing to an RSS feed?

And what percentage does that make up of the total content you consume?

If you’re like most people, the answer is probably ‘little to none’. This just isn’t how we find and consume content anymore.

February 26, 2015

Why Comment Spam Won't Die

Every blog owner has seen them - hundreds, if not hundreds of thousands of them. Spam comments. Those weird, mysterious comments that show up underneath nearly every post, typically mentioning topics ranging from luxury handbags to Oceanspray coupons to payday loans to cheap Viagra to total gibberish.

February 23, 2015

International SEO: Optimizing for the Global Landscape

Search engines have acted as a catalyst to expand target markets and increase reach for businesses of all sizes. For international and global brands, optimizing for different locations and cultures is crucial in driving organic visibility and ultimately growing their business.

There is no “one-size-fits-all” SEO strategy that can be extrapolated into multiple languages, and too often disreputable SEO agencies will promise they can do international SEO when in reality they’re doing little more than leveraging Google translate for multilingual optimizations.

There are a lot of opinions and questions around what constitutes international SEO – both in the SEO community and among global companies. At its core, international SEO isn’t that different from any other digital marketing strategy. You have to start by researching and defining the strategy and goals. Then you implement campaigns and report and measure results over time.

With that said, there are a few key elements to international SEO that should be taken into consideration.

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