Should you buy Bitcoin?

Are you following the ups (and occasional downs) of Bitcoin? Do you kick yourself for not ‘investing’ in Bitcoins when they started showing up back in 2008? What about kicking yourself over Google, Amazon and Facebook too? (Sorry for the little dig!) Check the price of Bitcoin today. See what it was yesterday. It goes…

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Why You Need to Learn From the 18th Century

Socrates (or Sokrat in his starring movie role) challenged the conventional wisdom of his time with what we now call the Socratic method. But asking questions and engaging his audience to answer them ultimately got him killed. The leaders of Athens were angry because Socrates seemingly forced the questioned to follow through to a logical…

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Why VICE Succeeded and The Gothamist Failed

It seems the digital world has caught up with the sweatshops my late grandmother toiled in on New York’s Lower East Side in the early part of the last century. The only difference being that the consequences are more immediate… though just as harsh. This week, DNAinfo and Gothamist closed their doors after a vote…

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Five Tips to Prevent Censorship

Eight people were murdered by a terrorist in New York City, who in a choreographed attack copied from online forums, used a truck to mow down pedestrians at a time and place chosen to maximize destruction. At the same time, in Washington, DC, the so-called Tech Giants were testifying before a committee of the United…

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Does Amazon have the keys to your house?

Alexa, write my Ramble. Lol…didn’t even get an answer, just the ‘kerplunk’ sound. But Alexa did turn on my lights, give me news headlines, and is now playing my favorite background music for writing. Plus, we use the Echo Show in the kitchen to watch cooking videos and our 2-year-old granddaughter, Goldy, calls up her…

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Russian Ads and Soap: Lessons for Marketers

Every time I read yet another story about how the Russians managed to “throw” the U.S. Presidential Election with a $100,000 advertising budget on Facebook, I honestly burn with jealousy. In fact, I’d bet many marketers feel the same. I can only imagine the discussion in meetings, conference calls, and in confrontations at conferences: ‘Why…

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What Do Vice and Hugh Hefner Have in Common? More Than You Think.

One by one, they disappear. High-profile lives and their many followers… suddenly gone. It could be the pilot for the latest mystery-infused TV series (in the all-screen, any platform or distribution sense). Perhaps it’s the plot of a star-studded summer movie blockbuster, or even a bestselling novel. Any guesses? And no, for a change, the…

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When the Dreamer is Your Customer

What isn’t Branded? We Brand market segments, demographic identifiers, and, of course, generations. It’s hard to find blank space anywhere, isn’t it? Needless to say, the very mention of a Brand name conjures up images and associations that enable us to visualize, to value, to aspire, and to imagine experientially. Or—in the case of Brands…

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The Most Powerful Tool in Crisis: Humanity

It was the photo of a colony of Fire Ants balled together into a protective unit, floating amidst the debris and devastation of flooded Houston, that caused me to wonder about the notion of “nature vs. nature” and “technology vs. nature.” You see, these Fire Ants began evolving in Brazil, where wet conditions forced them…

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Millennial Obsessed? Here is What You Need to Know

MILLENNIALS!!!! String Millennial mania with other Digibabble and you get requests like the following: We need to create viral immersive mobile experiences in a digital-first environment in order to reach the powerful, elusive, unreachable Millennials who are just so different from any other generation…anything we have ever seen. In the last week alone here is…

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While Everyone Talks Purpose, Amazon Delivers with Convenience

“Purpose-driven companies make more money, have more engaged employees and more loyal customers, and are even better at innovation and transformational change.” So said the Harvard Business Review in an article titled, “The Business Case for Purpose.” The Financial Times shares this perspective, arguing that companies with a purpose beyond profit tend to make more…

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Are You Marketing or Are You Digitaling?

Why have we given up Marketing for Digitaling? When was the last time you heard someone demand Marketing First? Yet, I cannot count how many times I have heard the empty mantra of Digital First at conferences, as headlines in the trade press or as descriptors of the latest new, amazing, never-before-seen “agency model.” Cutting…

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iPhone at 10: A Decade of Dichotomy

Obnoxious, obsessive, offensive. Addictive and compulsive. My wife, Debbie, berating me for my smartphone behavior. And on the tenth anniversary of the iPhone, I know that I’m not alone…nor is she. But those comments are about my personal behavior and usage habits. Not about the iPhone. She, as an iPhone user, would tell you how…

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