December 11th, 2013

Westjet Wins Christmas. 

When your customers cry for joy, your marketing is working. Great concept, great execution. Congrats to the Westjet team.

December 9th, 2013

The Top 20 Tumblr Ads of the Year

How to use Tumblr in brand marketing, Volume I.


The Top 20 Tumblr Ads of the Year

How to use Tumblr in brand marketing, Volume I.

Reblogged from ADWEEK
December 8th, 2013
Reblogged from Wolff Olins Blog
December 6th, 2013

Each year during the holidays, our team at MercuryCSC thinks about our community and how we can share a little bit of our good fortune with others. This year, we are raising money for the HRDC Warming Center for the homeless through Pedal4Power. Check out this fun program and help support a great cause. A pledge of 5 cents can provide shelter for one person this winter. Thanks.

November 27th, 2013

Inspiration from the archives. @chrisdistefano

November 12th, 2013

The North Face (and Camp 4 Collective) have produced a brand anthem that takes a powerful approach to telling a brand story: tethering and elevating the brand story to a larger human story.

The result is an inspirational story that resonates more powerfully to more people. The astronaut Buzz Aldrin personifies this base human aspiration writ large.

November 12th, 2013
A cover is a statement. It should provoke, challenge, interest, entice, snare, grab, arouse, titillate, excite, shock, infuriate, seduce, motivate. It should give the reader an irresistible taste of the magazine’s spirit. It should capture a reader.
September 26th, 2013

World-saving, paradigm-changing initiatives require more than a press release

Yesterday, Patagonia announced a new environmental initiative, called "The Responsible Economy" to “…promote the concept that everyone must learn to consume less and use resources far more productively – as well as innovate as quickly and ingeniously as possible to reduce adverse human impact on the natural systems that support all life.” 

They’re asking business to spend more on manufacturing and R&D while earning less, and asking consumers to spend more on durable goods and less frequently. These shifts are critical in order to reverse the “growth-based capitalism” paradigm, “…the assumption that a growth economy equals prosperity and a healthy society.”


It is an awesome initiative tackling a huge issue. Can you have both a healthy business and economy, and, a healthy, sustainable planet. Patagonia’s business model and success prove you can. The last sales numbers I heard pegged the company at about $700mm/annually, despite the company’s plea to it’s customers to buy less stuff.

Now Patagonia is recruiting other companies in an attempt to scale that success on both ends of the equation. 

So how do you introduce and promote the cause?

The Responsible Economy doesn’t seem to be a consumer marketing campaign, yet. It’s an ‘initiative’ (and a book) designed to raise the issue, start a conversation, and promote the concept, according to the press release and a couple of essays on the Patagonia site

Patagonia themselves says that time is running out, yet they don’t seem to be in a hurry to affect change. The initiative is missing the back end, the call to action, the way to participate. It appears that they are trying to work the inside game with discussions among sympathetic business leaders and customers through catalog copy and some web presence. 

That’s hardly enough. As Bill Clinton says, "It’s not enough to talk about saving the world." Patagonia needs to stoke this fire from the outside in/bottom up. It’s a cause, a call to action, a movement…you don’t disrupt paradigms with press releases, business conferences, and catalog copy. You need to educate, encourage, and empower the community, (and I don’t mean the brand community, I mean the community-at-large community). Address the issue from their perspective. 

Patagonia already knows how to do this. Their "Don’t buy our coat" ad in the NYTimes in 2011 had community community people talking. More along these lines, please. It needs big, ballsy ideas that challenge society’s norms, makes people uncomfortable, and causes tension. 

If this was designed to be a launch of a huge initiative, it was more of a whisper than a grand opening. 

Also, PRWeb. Really?

September 25th, 2013

"The brand is the biggest asset and we want to preserve the value of the brand." Luca Cordero, Ferrari

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