July 23, 2017

Birth of a breakthrough idea

Ideas that don’t fly often start with a solution in search of a problem. But ideas that break through and disrupt markets start with identifying a problem that’s begging for a solution, and then imagining what might be. That doesn’t come from data off of a spreadsheet. It is born from insight that makes connections others […]

The heart of great content marketing: ‘Giving content gifts’

What kind of content will the people you hope to influence truly value? Not something they snack on like a bag of chips and are soon hungry for something else. But nourishing content that sticks to the ribs and gives them something they really want. It’s a question I had the opportunity to ask Ann […]

Out of your mind and into the customer’s world

It’s easy to assume other people see the world the same way we do. We see the world through the lens of our own values, beliefs, rules, and biases that have been shaped by our life experiences. But it’s not safe to assume our customers are looking through the same lens. The Pepsi marketing team […]

How far can TV programs go with sponsored content?

Ad-wary TV viewers could get relief from an unlikely source – the advertisers they dislike. Recent moves by networks and advertisers signal what may become the next evolution in TV commercials: sponsored content. It’s an evolution that could also be a relief to brand marketers who have seen a steady decline in advertising effectiveness. Not […]