Last week I was at a conference and had the good fortune to talk with several marketers about their brands. I was surprised at how many of them were quite aware of, yet hadn't done anything about the fact that their brands didn't have a voice.
Here's a riddle:
I'm am a woman between the age of 18 and 34. I'm pretty young but old enough to join the military. I'm of Asian/Pacific Islander decent, but definitely American. You'll find me in the northeastern part of the United States. I'm pretty smart with either a college degree or working on my masters. But for whatever reason, I'm making under $50k.
Who am I?
We've had a number of posts on our blog recently about subjects ranging from the suggestive to the profane lately. How do you toe that line without crossing it? Can your brand talk like real people? If you drop an f-bomb, will the world explode?
Weight Watchers doesn't think so.
Google keeps the promise of space exploration alive through a new educational venture, the Youtube Space Lab.
I'm proud that Traction has been honored to work with some of the world's greatest brands and that publications like iMedia Connection and BtoB Magazine have recognized us as one of the top advertising agencies in the U.S. But what I'm most proud of is that in the last ten years, less than ten employees have ever chosen to leave our agency.
I didn't think it was possible that we could find an infomercial more ridiculous, offensive and as wrong as the one Adam found for Sheet energy strips—until we found this one.
Good taste be damned! Let's drive these bad jokes into the ground until everyone groans. (sorry, I couldn't resist)
You might not realize it, but Tai Chi is a martial art.
While the movements are practiced slowly so we can internalize proper body mechanics, those movements are the foundation of how Tai Chi can be used in a martial interaction.
Think Ralph Macchio waxing on, waxing off.
Have human beings become the next algorithm?
For the past five years, I have practiced tai chi with the disciple of a great master in Beijing. My teacher is very wise.
Of the many lessons I have learned, there are several that I apply to my life in business. So much so, that I've considered writing a book about them. For now, however, I'll begin with a series of blog posts I'm calling Tai Chi for Business.
Every good agency, design house, marketing company or interactive shop does some kind of strategic thinking. Whether they are transparent about it or not, this thinking is integral to creating work that is successful.
Yet so many clients consider outside strategic thinking as "fluff" work that is costly and irrelevant. Oh how wrong they are.