Monday, January 18, 2010

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I don't blog, but I have one

That's typically my answer when people ask me if I blog. As I look to 2010, there will be much to talk about. Will it be the year I finally find my blogging voice? Judging by the fact that I haven't blogged since March of 2008, chances are looking slim. Keep your fingers crossed.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Orson Welles is a classic

This is worth sharing. I like Orson's drunken gusto and lazy French accent.

Mah haaaa!

I'm back! I'm back!

I heard a common comment from Andy at work today, "you need to start blogging again dude." I explained that I have been having trouble accessing my "old" blogger account through my work email and wanted to add my actual google account as an author, but haven't been able to because my "old" account isn't working. Oh, the blogger drama.

I decided to have another go at accessing my blog after my short conversation with Andy and his fashion-forward new eye glasses earlier today. You can see that I have achieved great success!

It feels good to be back.

Image via toothpastefordinner

Thursday, December 6, 2007

No Tech Bubble

The video said to blog it so I blogged it.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Brand Edit

These days, branding is everywhere. A search for "branding book" at brings up almost 50 results. Brand culture, story telling, brand laws, brand blunders, branding in a digital age, etc, etc. The Amazon list is only a small portion of the branding resources available to the masses.

Something I have noticed during interactions with new and existing clients is how, for the most part, they understand and value their brands. They know it's a primary sources of differentiation. They know how to shape their brands; what questions to ask about their brands. I think many, many people understanding the brand construction process. Everyone has their onion these days. So, branding is an important function of marketing. We get it.

This opens up an opportunity for editing. Clients that have established brands don't need their brands built from the ground up. They may need a refresh or an edit. There may be errors, items out of place, missing pieces that agencies can help them address.

Something I'm pondering is if agencies are moving to a brand edit model, rather than a construction model. Helping clients patch the holes in their brand. Branding processes often involve questions about passion, values, positioning, perceptions, missions in hopes of shaping the almighty essence. After those items have been established and begin to dwindle it may be time for an edit.

My next question is, how does the edit process differ from the construction process? Instead of aspirational questions, I see questions like:
  • What have we learned?
  • What about the brand is working?
  • What's not working?
  • Is the brand reflecting the vision and mission for the company?
  • Has the vision and mission changed?
  • Is there a gap in the market the brand could be filling, but isn't?
  • Are their trends or causes to support that would strengthen the brand?
  • Does our branding reflect the brand? (This may seem silly, but I think it's an important question to consider.)
With the number of agencies and companies championing the thousands of brands on the market today there's a lot of room for error. It's impossible to get it right every time. It may be time for an edit.

Someone should write a book about it. That is, if there isn't one already.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Waiting on Saturday

I meant to post this last Sunday. Oh well. Here it is anyway.

Things I did while waiting 2 hours to speak with a Time Warner Cable Modem Specialist:

Loaded the dishwasher
Emptied the dishwasher
Took a shower
Brushed my teeth
Took out the trash
Wiped down kitchen counter and stove top
Picked up backyard
Winterized my koi pond (this one took a while)
Vacuumed upstairs living room
Swept kitchen and dining room floor
Swiffered kitchen and dining room floor
Cleaned upstairs bathroom

Things I didn't do:
Talk to a Time Warner Cable Modem Specialist