Still Not Buying it, Carl

Carl’s Jr. has a reputation. Depending on what side of the evolutionary divide you sit on, it’s not a terribly good one. For 15 years, the fast-food restaurant has built its advertising around hot girls eating burgers in as few clothes as the FCC would allow. (When we say hot, let’s be clear—we’re mostly talking ...

Is this thing on?

It has been over two years since my last blog post.  And I don’t apologize. I stopped blogging about marketing, branding, and emerging technologies because I was tired. Plain and simple. I was tired of feeling like I *had* to have an opinion on everything. I was tired of slogging through news and other posts ...

A Brand Spiritual Awakening

Brand is who you are. Marketing is how you tell people about it. This sounds lovely, doesn’t it? It’s a statement that is so clear, so obvious. Like the clouds have parted and angels began to sing. But something happens in the real world that makes this statement much harder to execute against. When you ...

When Social Media Was Punk Rock

“Death or glory becomes just another story.” –The Clash It may be hard to believe, but once a long time ago I was punk rock. I loved the greats—the Clash, the Sex Pistols—but I also appreciated some newer bands like Green Day, the Bouncing Souls, and Rancid. One of my favorite albums was The Good, The ...

Am I turning into a SXSWi Hater?

I have never been to SXSWi. It isn’t for a lack of trying- I’ve put in requests to attend at every employer I’ve worked for in the last 5 years. (Sadly, it was never an easy argument, what with being smack in the middle of a recession and all that.) Like many other digital media ...