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Community 2.0: Getting on the same page

I recently attended the Community 2.0 conference in San Francisco.  I am going to try and distill my experience down into a couple of key thoughts about what I learned. 1.  Brands have begun to [...]

What would American Idol do?

So here’s the thing: I love American Idol. Maybe because when I was a kid I loved all the different amateur hours that were on TV…Ted Mack, Star Search, the Gong Show. I also love America’s Got [...]

Community by the numbers part one

Where performance is measured, performance improves. Where performance is measured and reported, the rate of improvement accelerates. -Thomas S. Monson (1927 -  ) If you can’t measure something, [...]

Lots of Bricks; No Building

Last year, on AMC’s cult favorite, Mad Men, creative director, Don Draper, was talking about a pitch the agency was making for American Airlines. He basically summed up the effort as having “lots [...]

Do you know your customers as well as they know you?

I had a conversation recently that brought up this interesting question. Since I can’t stop thinking about it, here we go. Brands continue to take the plunge into the ocean of transparency and [...]

What’s in a promise?

I recall visiting a carnival when I was a kid, maybe 11 or 12.  Outside of the fun house was a carney who was barking into a microphone. “Take a visit you’ll never forget.  Walk through the [...]