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    Don't Blame Craig
    Don't blame Craig, It's not his fault.A story in the front of the business section of The New York Times this past Monday raised once again the issue of whether Craigslist was responsible for the troubles that the U.S. newspaper industry finds itself In today. While the Times' story didn't jump on that bandwagon -- and actually presented a pretty balanced view of Craig's true impact on newspapers' recent misfortunes -- just reading about the issue once again motivated me to address it in today's column.
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    Did Winston Churchill Work In Brand Advertising?
    Winston Churchill once said, "The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." I think, but I cannot be certain and have seen no confirmation of this point whatsoever, that Winston Churchill started out his career working in advertising. I think he may have been speaking to those people who feel brand advertisers are not spending online in conjunction with the time spent online by their consumers.
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    MySpace, Facebook and Google: Racing For Web 3.0
    MySpace, Facebook and Google have all recently made "major" announcements regarding the future of how their platforms will play with the rest of the Web. I put major in quotes because a majority of the functionality announced isn't yet available to the average Joe app/Web developer. Regardless, the trend seems to be the movement into Web 3.0 that is making the entire World Wide Web into social media.
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    The Quest For Community
    One of my many quests is to build communities on behalf of the brands we represent. I write about this quite a bit. I try and think who out there has community and I feel that the line is blurry. Every brand I came up with seems more like "affinity" or "loyalty" versus community. Are they one and the same?
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    Why Twitter Matters -- And Why I Just Might Follow You
    I use Twitter, the micro-blogging platform. Each post is limited to 140 characters, so it instills succinct, efficient expression. And you only receive regular posts from those people you choose to follow, so you can eliminate attention polluters. While Twitter is significant in its own right, most significant is what it represents: the arrival of short-form communications, specially tailored for our growing attention deficit and love for instant gratification. So someone recently asked me what value I get out of Twitter. Here's the deal...
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    Ballmer's Dodged Bullet
    The music plays on. Until this past Saturday, it appeared that two chairs were about to be removed from the game of musical chairs otherwise known as the "consolidation of the online ad industry." With a merger of Microsoft and Yahoo, two of the industry's largest "acquirers" would have become one, and one that would have been so consumed by integration issues that it was unlikely to have had appetite for any other major acquisitions for another year or two. Well, fortunately for the dozens of wannabe "acquiree" online ad companies out there, Steve Ballmer's weekend letter to Jerry Yang ...
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    In Age-Old Debate -- Art Vs. Science -- Science Is Winning
    In our world there's an ongoing debate over the concept of art vs. science in advertising. I've commented on it before, but it's becoming fast apparent to me that science is winning -- and I want to explain why this makes me a little nervous.
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    Meet The 'New' In New Media Consumer
    A couple weeks ago, I was forwarded a copy of a white paper done by Mr. Youth and Rep Nation titled "Consumer 2.0: Five Rules To Engaging Today's Consumers." The study is certainly worth a read if you're tasked with the increasingly difficult assignment of reaching a market that has grown up with new media rules. The paper focuses on five trends: Authenticity trumps celebrity, niche is the new norm, bite size communication dominates, personal utility drives adoption, and consumers own brands.
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    Brand Trust Or Brand Bust?
    The word trust most likely conjures the feeling(s) deep down in your gut. It does mine. Typically, when I have the slightest "off" feeling, I should follow my gut instead of my head. Trust is core to this. What about brand trust? When you just read the words, what did you think? Was it belief in a brand? Maybe it's based on perception? Or perhaps you thought of brands you trust right off?
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    Why Passion Matters
    In a hyper-competitive market, competence is expected and only flawless execution is tolerable. But that's no longer enough. Today, the ultimate competitive advantage is passion.
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