'Word of Mouth' Category

Women in Tech Industry Still Facing Career Challenges

Posted by Neal Leavitt on February 25th, 2015 at 7:39 pm

A few months ago a long-standing colleague of mine decided to leave her tech company after 14 years. The pay was good, benefits great, but she came to the realization that she couldn’t breach that proverbial ‘glass ceiling.’ Despite her stellar qualifications, she resigned.
She’s now getting her teaching credential and wants to teach computer programming to high school students. Any high school that hires her will immediately be that much better.
But her story isn’t an isolated one. Tracey Lien recently wrote in the Los Angeles Times that women are leaving the tech industry in droves. It’s becoming a significant issue for the tech economy.
“According to the industry group Code.org, computing jobs will more than double by 2020, to 1.4 million,” said Lien. “If women continue to leave the field, an already dire shortage of qualified tech workers will grow worse. Last summer, Google, Facebook, Apple and other big tech companies released figures showing that men outnumbered women 4 to 1 or more in their technical sectors.”
Vivek Wadhwa, a tech entrepreneur and fellow with Stanford University’s Rock Center for Corporate Governance, said that when women go to venture capitalists seeking financing for their new startups, they are sometimes treated differently... Read more

Farewell Q&A with NY Times Ad Columnist Stuart Elliott (Part 2): What I Saw at the Revolution

Posted by Rick Mathieson on February 17th, 2015 at 10:03 am

Content marketing may get a lot of buzz these days - but it's as old as advertising itself.
In part two of my conversation with longtime New York Times advertising columnist Stuart Elliott, we continue to talk about how social media has paradoxically fueled growth in television viewership - especially for events like the Super Bowl.
But as part of this wide-ranging farewell Q&A with Elliott - who retired in December after nearly 25 years of covering advertising for the Times - we get into sponsorship advertising, as well as so-called content and video marketing.
Surprise: None of this is future-forward at all. Indeed, it's a return to the golden age of advertising. But while it sideswipes the problem of ad-skipping technologies and an ever-expanding universe of digital distractions, it comes with some considerable challenges of its own.
Photo: New York Times
Click Here to Download: Q&A WITH STUART ELLIOTT: WHAT I SAW AT THE REVOLUTION (PT 2) - THE RISE (& RISKS) OF CONTENT MARKETING
(Approx: 5:40)

Report: Fashion Events & Social Media: 4 Campaigns Analyzed

Posted by Doug Schumacher on January 29th, 2015 at 4:08 pm

How does a fashion brand leverage a major industry event? This report analyzes the content strategies and tactics of four major luxury fashion brands during Milan Fashion Week. The following slides will reveal details about each brand’s posting calendar, social networks employed, engagement levels generated and the posts that made the biggest impact.
Highlights

Instagram is the dominant social network for live fashion events
Only 1 of the 4 campaigns included posting to Facebook
Posting for each brand is scheduled around their live fashion show

Maybe You Deserve This Match

Posted by Neal Leavitt on January 28th, 2015 at 8:27 pm

A number of years ago I was retained to provide marketing communications services for a San Diego-based dating site. Good concept, decent funding from private sources, number of stories generated across various media genres. Ultimately, however, it wasn’t enough. Competition was too fierce; site just wasn’t attracting enough eyeballs and the venture folded.
Fast forward to 2015. Buddy of mine asked if I knew of any good dating sites as he was, to quote him, ‘back in the game.’ Told him I hadn’t been following the space for awhile but was curious to see how the industry had evolved.
The dating industry has become huge - $2.2 billion in 2014 according to market research firm IBISWorld; $2.7 billion by 2019. And Pew Research says that of Americans in a committed relationship that have used an online dating site, one in three met online.
Decided to have a little fun so did a bit of research/searching for oddball, offbeat and in some cases, truly weird dating sites. All seem to be flourishing; many have attracted advertising. In short, your future significant other may just be a few clicks away, no matter your fetishes.
So here are a few:
Vampersonals... Read more

How to Stand Out When Everyone Claims to be Unique

Posted by Jeffrey Fleischman on January 20th, 2015 at 9:00 am

I recently attended a client meeting and the topic we were discussing centered on their brand and value proposition. Within a few minutes the discussion centered on what made their company different from their competitors. There was much discussion and debate, at times heated, that they were “unique.” So I asked, what makes you unique? What followed was a laundry list of accolades and proclamations why they were different and better than their competitors. After politely listening to this I simply replied, “you’re not unique.” To their chagrin they doubled down and made impassioned statements to substantiate their uniqueness. I listened patiently and when they finished I politely repeated, “you’re not unique,” in fact all your competitors make the same claim so how does a client discern who is unique?
The vast majority of companies, mainly service oriented ones, is that you’re not unique and as hard you try to convince others that won’t change. There may be some degree of differentiation in delivering an outcome however all your competitors will claim to produce the same results. When you’re in front of a customer or prospect your firm is one of many making the same claims and likely using the same... Read more