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When the Wrong Mouth Speaks

Is content marketing a tactic or a strategy? An examination of why the latter is becoming a weakness for many marketers.

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We First’s @simonmainwaring on Cause Marketing

I first met Simon Mainwaring in Boston in September, 2011 when we shared a keynote on best cause marketing practices (thank you, Katya). Ever since then, I have admired Simon’s unwavering commitment to change the world through cause marketing. His bestselling book We First is a must read for anyone who believes that businesses play a role in their larger community. I wanted to check in with Simon, and see how the We First project was coming along. Here’s what he had to say‚Ķ GL: How has We First been embraced by the business community? SM:Outright the business community has been very kind and open towards We First, welcoming both the book and its message. That said, the purpose of […]

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What Comes First, Multichannel Integration or Social Business?

Image by ephy1 Most of the online hype about organizational social media adoption revolves around the “social business” craze. In my conversations, most businesses say they’re grappling with the multichannel integration into marketing. It begs the question, “What will come first, the full integration of social media into the marketing wheelhouse or the widespread rise of socially-enabled enterprises?” Last January, we debated whether social business was BS or reality. It’s a good question, and one that’s still not fully answered in my mind. Geoff Livingston on Google+

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People Keep Fighting Power with Social Media

The first chapter of Welcome to the Fifth Estate discusses social media empowered people that act independently of traditional media, government and corporate structures. Last Saturday night on WOR Radio’s The Business of Giving show I had the pleasure of discussing this tension with host Denver Frederick. From Syrian bloggers fighting the Assad regime to the anti-Komen Planned Parenthood social media fury in the United States, people continue to fight power structures with social media. Average citizens feel a need to circumvent established media as well as traditional government and corporate structures with online tools. Their information needs are unfulfilled and voices are not being heard. So people activate themselves online to demand change and action, or to form new […]

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Madison Avenue Strikes Back

When an industry is operating in a hype bubble, it creates statements like this one: “Silicon Valley Will Be the Next Madison Avenue.” While claiming that Facebook social ads are the coolest property out there, one forgets who buys the ads. Media, algorithms and tools are not agencies, nor do they replace marketing skills; they are just products that make Madison Avenue better. Meanwhile, Madison Avenue is adapting and thriving. For some reason, technologists want to replicate the David vs. Goliath myth towards Madison Avenue. They believe small groups of people armed with tools are going to replace big agencies, when in reality big agencies just buy the tools. Tools don’t replace marketing or communications. They just enhance them. Applied, […]

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