Great messaging: man vs machine

Can a computer write more effective ad copy than a human? If you look at the results of a recent campaign by JP Morgan Chase, the answer would be a resounding yes. Does that mean that we should automate the creation of marketing messaging? Absolutely not. Last year,...

The Messaging Inventory: Beef up your marketing

Thirty-four years ago, Wendys launched what was probably its most successful ad campaign ever. It featured three elderly women examining a hamburger from an unnamed restaurant and discovering it had a huge bun but a very tiny patty. One of the women repeatedly...

How are you unboxing your school?

You may never have heard of it, but “unboxing” is not only all over YouTube, it may be a great way of achieving marketing success at your independent school. There’s a video on YouTube that shows a pair of hands unpacking five cartoon branded plastic eggs...

Brand hopes v. brand reality

Every business or organization has two brands. Or, more accurately there are two facets to the brand. Most of us are very aware of one of those. It is all the ways in which we present ourselves to various audiences – customers, donors, employees, and constituents. It...