Monthly Archives: November 2017

Content marketing is pure bullshit

You have to hand it to the so called “experts”.  We were promised that social media would be the magic carpet on which our legions of brand advocates would go to spread the word about the marvelousness of our brands, and would free us from the terrible, wasteful expense of advertising.  When that went down the drain they trying to tell us that content marketing is the key to consumer engagement.  Pure garbage. Continue reading

The eCommerce lies

When it comes to internet headlines we’re easily impressed, mislead, and bullied by sneaky or irrelevant data, meaningless charts, fast talking metrics monkeys, and cement-head marketing mavens who know even less than we do.  The bottom line is that online commerce constitutes just 6% of retail activity and good old brick and mortar retail activity constitutes 94% yet writers love to try and make headlines about the rise of ecommerce.  Continue reading

Should brands remain neutral in politics?

There is no doubt that we live in a politically polarizing environment which has become worse under the current administration.  Some brands have taken a stand and in the process, they have been crucified on social media and other media.  Should brands take a stand and speak up at injustices or should they not take sides. Continue reading

Research is not facts

In the hard sciences, research is reasonably reliable because it measures things. In the soft (social) sciences, research is often not about measuring things, but about asking questions. In other words, rather than watching to see if you’re cheating on your wife, they ask you if you are. Then they treat your answer as a fact rather than just the bullshit it is. Continue reading