Super Bowl

A Pandemic Super Bowl

4 Feb , 2021  

We are days away from the Super Bowl, the biggest marketing event in the world. It will be a very different game this year, with few big parties, not many people in the stands and no vast fleet of corporate jets winging in with big spending executives. The advertising will also be different. Watch for […]

Presenting and Teaching

A Case Competition Adapts to a Zoom World

26 Jan , 2021  

COVID19 has turned the world of education upside down. The classroom experience has changed in profound ways; some instructors are teaching completely on Zoom, others are wearing masks and speaking to small, distanced classes, others are working to figure out a hybrid system. Still others are experimenting with asynchronous content to complement synchronous classes. Of […]

Brands in the News

2021 Brands to Watch

11 Jan , 2021  

The year ahead promises to be interesting for lots of brands. Politics will certainly dominate the headlines. Can Joe Biden unite the country? What will Donald Trump do next? What happens to the Republican party? Many other brands face an uncertain year, too. Here is my list of 2021 Brands to Watch.

Brands in the News

Looking Back at my 2020 Brands to Watch

8 Jan , 2021  

Every year I identify some brands to watch. Here is a look back at my 2020 brands.

Presenting and Teaching

Learnings from the Kellogg Classroom – Fall 2020

29 Dec , 2020  

This is an off week for teachers all around the world, and a great time to reflect. The few remaining Christmas festivities are largely behind us and classes have not yet started up. So I sat down with all the student feedback I received from the fall quarter to reflect on what I learned. The […]

Politics

Three Learnings from Election 2020

23 Nov , 2020  

Donald Trump seems reluctant to believe it, but we are now well past the election. It is a good time to consider what we learned. I think three things stand out. The Democrats Need Better Marketing If you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’ve been unimpressed with the marketing efforts coming from Joe […]

Politics

Political Ad Review: The Final Spots

29 Oct , 2020  

We are heading to the finish – people are voting, Trump and Biden are crossing the country to rally support, and the final ads of the season are coming out. Today I want to look at two of these spots, ads that could not be more different in tone and style and effectiveness. Trump’s Law […]

Politics

Political Ad Review: Biden and Dogs – The Election’s Defining Ad

17 Oct , 2020  

Every once in a while you come across a piece of advertising that somehow perfectly fits the moment. These usually aren’t the most rational ads, or the most entertaining. For George Bush, it was Ashley’s Story, a simple yet remarkable spot that somehow made sense of an entire election. Why vote for George Bush? Because […]

Politics

Political Ad Review: Ford’s Built for America

7 Oct , 2020  

It is a chaotic time in the presidential race, so in this ad review I will shift my focus from the candidates to Ford’s new patriotic spot, Built for America. You can watch it here. A Lot to Like There is a lot to like in this new spot and campaign. It is beautiful. It […]

Presenting and Teaching

Kicking Off the Fall Quarter: Four Teaching Observations

23 Sep , 2020  

This week I kicked off my fall quarter – three courses and over two hundred students. I have two classes that are largely in-person, socially distanced and masked, and one class that is on Zoom. Here are four learning points from the first classes. In-Person Still Works I wondered if an in-person class would work […]

Politics

Ad Review: Biden Ups His Game

10 Sep , 2020  

Joe Biden is out with a new spot, and if it is any indication, he might make this a competitive election after all. The Biden Struggle Those of you that have been following these political ad reviews know that I think Joe Biden has been struggling to find a strategic focus. He has run ads […]

Politics

Ad Review: Trump Embraces the Police

31 Aug , 2020  

There is nothing like a crisp strategy. I love seeing great marketing, and effective campaigns are grounded in strategic thinking. Donald Trump has a tight strategy heading into the election, and he is executing on it in a new ad out this week. Like the last Trump spot I reviewed, this one works pretty well. […]