I've been working in the design and advertising industry for nearly 20 years. So, I am used to seeing trends come, go, and come back again. Whether it's skeuomorphic design, vernacular typography or neon color schemes; I've seen 'em, used 'em and maybe even abused 'em. But I never anticipated the antiquated technology of the GIF to rear it's ugly head again — in a good way.
AdWeek reported today on a new initiative from Absolut vodka—unique designs on bottles. Four million of them.
The Twitterverse was abuzz yesterday with #marissamania and with good reason. Marissa Mayer is one of the most exciting personalities in tech who rose through the Google meritocracy not because she was a founder, but because she deserved it.
I had coffee with Mike Krass yesterday, the CEO of MKG Media Group, a new small direct response marketing shop in town to ask me advice about growing an agency. It must have been good coffee because he wrote a blog post about some of the advice I gave him.
Here's what I said:
This week I cashed in on one of my Klout "perks" and got to drive around in a Chevy Volt for the weekend for free. How was the experience? Was it an effective marketing program? Did it impact my perception of Klout? Or Chevy?
Game changing announcement from the folks at TiVo and PayPal this week. Now you can buy stuff from your TV.
If there's one thing the Digerati love more than tweeting about their SXSW presentations, Klout scores and Facebook stock price predictions, it's fawning over Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker's annual presentation on the state of the digital industry.
Last Thursday, I spoke at the Videonomics conference in Dallas. The invite-only event drew some amazing people—the other speakers included YouTube web-lebrity Kevin Nalts (of farting in a library fame) and Mark Cuban (billionaire/Dallas Mavericks owner/king shark on Shark Tank).
The consensus on online video?
This Thursday, I'll be heading to Texas. I'll be speaking at the Videonomics conference at... get this... Cowboys Stadium.
First, let me say, "Go Giants!"
Now that I've got that out of my system, let me focus on the talk I'll be giving. It's called "Leaning Back while Leaning Forward" and in it, I'll be introducing a diagram that I call The Online Video Continuum.