Blog Archives February 2017
February 28, 2017 9:35 PM

The Billion Hour YouTube Rabbit Hole (And It's Growing)

It can often be a sad state of affairs. I don't know about you, but when someone send me a YouTube video to watch, I always have the best of intentions. Best plaid plans, and all. It's inevitable that I... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 27, 2017 8:36 AM

Instagram Wants To Eat Snapchat, BlackBerry Has Zero Percent Of The Mobile Market And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 26, 2017 7:31 AM

The Social Organism With Oliver Luckett - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #555 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. When it comes to celebrity and athletes winning at social media, many point to Oliver Luckett. Oliver Luckett is a... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 25, 2017 5:44 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #349

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 24, 2017 4:57 PM

An Open Letter To Brands: Be Mobile-First. Now.

Dear Brand Leaders, The time has come. I've been patient. Your consumers have been patient. Enough is enough. The discrepancy between what I see when I engage with a brand "out in the wild" (meaning, when I shop, search and... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 23, 2017 5:24 PM

What Humans Want Vs. The Chatbot Struggle

Do you think that chatbots are the future? You cannot not throw a marketing professional down a flight of stairs these days without the word "chatbots!" tumbling out of their mouths. There is no doubt that building automated tools for... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 22, 2017 4:36 PM

Will The Marketing Agency Of The Future Look Nothing Like The Agency Of Today?

Nearly twenty years ago, the agency of the future seemed very obvious. We launched our digital marketing agency (then it was called Twist Image, now it's called Mirum) in 2000. We had a clear objective: we wanted to create the... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 21, 2017 3:52 PM

Consumer Trust Is Not What You Think It Is These Days

What is the number one reason that a customer is loyal to a brand? Some might think that it's all about price. If a customer can save a few dollars, they will jump that brand ship without thinking twice. Candidly,... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 20, 201710:28 AM

Your Google Searches May Be Used Against You, Artificial Intelligence Gets Smarter And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 19, 2017 6:53 AM

How To Be Happy, Awesome And Authentic With Neil Pasricha - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #554 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. Sometimes, in life, you get lucky. You meet someone that you have always admired, and you become fast friends.... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 18, 2017 5:44 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #348

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 17, 2017 3:23 PM

The Data Is Watching You

Just how much data and analytics does a brand need? We can track everything online. How is that working out for you? I believe in the power of micro-transactions (a phrase that I either created after spending time with Google's... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 16, 2017 9:46 PM

Is The Chief Marketing Officer A Company's Weakest Link?

Marketing has become a much more important corporate function. There is no denying that. We live in a world where ad spending will reach close to $500 billion in 2017. Digital advertising had $17.6 billion in investment from US companies... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 15, 2017 9:47 PM

Don't Throw Good Brand Money After Bad

This article could also be called, "who says you can't go home?" I was in Orlando this morning, presenting to the Retail Industry Leaders Association. I grabbed a coffee with an old friend, who is now running marketing for a major... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 14, 2017 2:50 PM

It's Not Easy To Be A Loving Brand These Days

Be careful what you wish for. Never has a sentiment been so true like it is for brands these day. We have never lived in a more politically-driven and open-social environment at the same time. Brands should be spinning like... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 13, 2017 8:55 AM

The Trouble With Twitter, Flying Uber Cars And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 12, 2017 7:54 AM

Reinvent Yourself With James Altucher - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #553 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. James Altucher is one of the best non-fiction writers that I know. He writes quality. He writes quantity. He... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 11, 2017 5:44 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #347

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 10, 201711:07 AM

Don't Confuse Growth For Relevance

Just because something does not post Wall Street growth, it does not mean that it is dying or no longer relevant. This may seem obvious, but it doesn't look so obvious if you study the current marketplace and business climate.... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 9, 2017 6:39 PM

Pump And Dump Does Not Generate Great Content

"Let's share everything. There's lots of good stuff here. Did you catch that?" Put aside the issue of narcissism (and, this is both brand and personal brand narcissism). With the persistence of live video and push to real-time marketing, there's... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 8, 2017 8:28 PM

The Brands That You Live For

I watched the documentary Citizenfour the other night. It was on Netflix. It's from 2014. It's a documentary about Edward Snowden. There are lots of movies about this topic. I haven't seen them all. You know how it is... you save a... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 7, 2017 4:09 PM

A Lesson From Facebook That Every Brand Should Learn

How hard is it, really, for your brand to change and adjust to new times? The public answer is, usually: "If we don't disrupt ourselves, someone else will. We have a top-down approach to innovation that comes from our CEO's... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 6, 2017 8:39 AM

Facebook's Wild Revenue Run, Snapchat's IPO And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It's not a long segment - about 5 to 10 minutes every week - about everything that is happening... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 5, 2017 7:19 AM

Technology Provocations With Nicholas Carr - This Week's Six Pixels Of Separation Podcast

Episode #552 of Six Pixels of Separation - The Mirum Podcast is now live and ready for you to listen to. His latest book is called, Utopia Is Creepy And Other Provocations. It could, literally, be translated as "Our World... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 4, 2017 4:58 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #346

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see? My friends: Alistair Croll (Solve for Interesting, Tilt the Windmill, HBS; chair of Strata, Startupfest, Pandemonio, and ResolveTO; Author of Lean Analytics and some other books), Hugh McGuire... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 3, 2017 2:43 PM

4 Ways To Lead With Authenticity In Uncertain Times

There is something that all great leaders do. There is something that all great leaders do that we can all learn from. Many of the best leaders (in business, community, politics and entertainment) study leadership traits like presentation skills, body... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 2, 2017 2:03 PM

Facebook Is Not A Media Company (Today). Facebook Is The Mass Media (Tomorrow).

What makes a piece of content a television show, a movie, a YouTube clip? It's not a new discourse. It's something that many (including little old moi) have discussed, dissected and drafted articles about (for years). The thought is simply... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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February 1, 2017 4:34 PM

The Frightening Ramifications Of High-Frequency Advertising

If you think that creativity will be safe from the automation of everything, you are wrong. It's not a question of "if" creativity and advertising will be automated, it is a question of "when." Whether we like it or not.... Read more

By Mitch Joel

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