Leaves are dropping. Pumpkins are being carved. Kids are dressing up in their scariest costumes. But Halloween isn’t half as scary as advertising is right now.   The web and social media have increased our tolerance for sub-par photography and design. And what’s acceptable on personal social media platforms seems to be bleeding into marketing, whether it’s brand appropriate or not.   The camera...

This month, I attended the Internet Summit in Raleigh. I’ve been going to this two-day event for the past five years. Usually, I come away with some fresh new ideas and a renewed excitement about digital marketing. This year, I came away with 350 fewer dollars in my pocket. I heard a lot of the same ‘ole stuff: Be authentic with your...

I’ve been in a lot of meetings with clients and the media lately. I’ve met with reps from magazines, TV stations, websites . . . And the most interesting thing I’ve learned is, we’re all now selling the same thing. Back in the day, media reps sold advertising space in their pubs or on their TV stations. Advertising agencies came up...

I’ve got Spring Fever. I’m opening all the doors and windows in my house. I’m swapping my winter boots for summer sandals. And I’m ready to let the sun shine a bright new light on just about everything. . .including my business. How bout you? ‘Tis the season to take a fresh look at your business, your processes, your marketing...

This first month of the year is a good time to reevaluate what your brand is all about. Review your past. Analyze your present. And take a good hard look at your future. You should be able to pinpoint what your brand is at its core by answering three simple questions: 1) How did your brand come to be? Levi’s started as...