I’m not sure of its exact origin, but I’m indebted to ESPN SportsCenter star Stuart Scott for introducing me to this phrase: “Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.” Today is Thanksgiving Day here in America, and on the occasion, I am feeling deeply grateful.
Like many other entrepreneurs in America and elsewhere, I find a great deal to be thankful for in my occupation. Writing for OnStartups.com, Dharmesh Shah has posted an excellent short article entitled “12 Things Entrepreneurs Should Be Thankful For,” which I encourage everyone to read.
Among the story’s growing list of comments, here are a few of my favorites. Read more
In Cubes, the executives from Mediabistro.com present VIP tours of the world’s coolest media offices.
Over the past few years, they have featured pundits from the world’s foremost media brands hosting custom video tours of their operations and facilities. The episodes in the Cubes playlist go inside ABC News, Bloomberg, CBS News, Consumer Reports, Hearst, the Major League Baseball Network, Thrillist and many others including major advertising and PR agencies. Earning a Cubes tour places a company in an elite group of successful media enterprises and is a huge achievement. Read more
Writers Jason Kehe and Katie M. Palmer recently traced the history of movie trailers for Wired Magazine, and the results are extremely fascinating, probably even for non-film-school graduates. You can read the full story here along with all of the amazing sidebar articles – The Art of the Trailer – and I’m also sharing an excerpt below. Wondering why I’m embedding the trailer for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film “The Wolf of Wall Street” above? According to Adweek, this project just won the 2013 Grand Key Art Award from the Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards. As confirmed by The Inspiration Room, the award-winning trailer was created by Industry Creative with Paramount Pictures chief marketing officer Josh Greenstein, Read more
The Juniper Jones Reel Channel on Vimeo presents the latest work from the creative force Juniper Jones. As of today, this includes: The 47th Annual CMA Awards Promo; NFL Network Thursday Night Football 2013/2014 Open; “Witches of East End” Cinema Spot; Bellator Season 9 Spot; 2013 NBA Finals Broadcast Open; 2013 Tribeca Film Festival Pre-Show Open; Brookfield Place; 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief, and more results of the force’s collaborations with leading business and entertainment industry talents.
Based in DUMBO on Brooklyn’s waterfront, Juniper Jones is the creative force dedicated to creating custom-tailored solutions. Read more
Monday is Veteran’s Day here in America, and it’s a day of honor and celebration that has its roots in “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918, when Germany signed the Armistice to end World War I. I have written before about what this day means to me personally, and since America’s businesses are made up of its citizens, it’s natural that our esteem for our military veterans is the inspiration for many types of related cause-marketing campaigns, including those detailed last year at this time by Stuart Elliott of The New York Times.
Although my military service was during the relatively peaceful era of 1985 to 1990, it still was not all that easy. I know firsthand about the dread of boot camp, and the difficulty of enduring even basic training… but to me, my motivation was clear: I wanted to serve my country. Through those experiences and others, I came to have ultimate respect for those who have gone far beyond “basic training” to become the Marines, the SEALS, and other elite members of our special forces… whose bravery and daily commitments are seemingly made of granite. It is nearly impossible to duly honor them and express the appreciation they deserve.
Below, I am very proud to share the touching personal message I received from my cousin, whose son graduated around this time in 2011 as a Navy SEAL. Throughout the ordeal of her son’s training, we received updates of the harrowing experiences — one after the other — that this young man, and others like him, were willingly facing in order to serve our country. He was literally knocked back time and again, and each time, he stepped back up with even more determination; he never gave up, and today, his dream of being one of America’s finest and best trained specialists is a reality. And like everyone who wears a military uniform, ultimately, he did all of this to serve us.
As you read this and otherwise participate in Veterans Day in your chosen ways, please think of those young people who have dedicated their lives to the military, and consider reaching out somehow to let them know you appreciate them. Also, I invite you to learn more about the Wounded Warriors Project, and consider making a donation. Thank you! Read more
My friend Åsk “Dabitch” Wäppling founded Adland as an old-fashioned website back in the spring of 1996, with the core idea being, “to bitch, rant and gossip about advertising while collecting ads of all media for reference, and gather all likeminded adgrunts to join in while showing off their ad-work.” Dabitch still works as an advertising Art Director by day, nerd by night. Just a few years back, she was featured in a story by Chris Campaner for Ad Buzz entitled “The World’s Very First Advertising Blog.” I also recently discovered this in-depth profile from CreativeInterviews.com: Åsk ‘Dabitch’ Wäppling. Here is an excerpt: Read more
We Are Juxt is the brainchild of four friends in Seattle, Washington, each of whom is a serious mobile photography and mobile artistry enthusiast. “We are fans of many other art forms,” they write. “We are artists in many other art forms. We Are Juxt was formed with intentions to learn and share more about this emerging and amazing world of mobile device artistry.”
Ju-xt: [juhk-st] verb. 1. Act of interweaving traditional art with mobile device technology 2. To cultivate and foster art created by casual users through social networking and community 3. To believe that art is possible in every form and is right in front of you
“Take Us To” is the ongoing We Are Juxt travel series that spans the world. Each entry presents several photographers in the same location offering inside looks defining that city day-by-day. The newest adventure appeared this week: Take Us To Guadalajara. Read more
This month, the principals of global creative agency ATTIK have welcomed several very high-profile new talents. Following recent account wins, the agency has added digital creative director Balind Sieber, senior interactive producers Mark Campbell and Alex Lee Barlow, digital account supervisor Lauren Birnbaum, and senior digital account manager Lana Chan.
ATTIK’s CEO Ric Peralta: “Each of these talented individuals was highly sought-after by our industry peers. We are happy to have them join and help lead ATTIK into the constantly evolving areas where we find ourselves. With their positive energy and optimism, qualified by unmatched professional experience, each of them stands to play a key role in future ATTIK engagements.”
The full news release is here: http://bit.ly/ATTIK131 I’m also very proud to share Balind’s video explaining Social Objects, and his introduction.
ATTIK’s Digital Creative Director Balind Sieber: “Social objects are the foundation of social networks. They’re a core principle to understanding how and why people interact and the pillar of a creative strategy.”
November 4-6, join the talents behind Event Marketer Magazine and the Event Marketing Summit for the third-annual EventTech, the world’s only conference and exposition focused on using social media and technology to optimize events and trade shows. Join hundreds of marketers from across the Fortune 1,000 and the best marketing agencies in Las Vegas for quick-dives into the latest technologies, the hottest trends and the most important digital+live best practices, including the following. Read more
It’s my pleasure to join others all around the world today for Blog Action Day, the annual campaign that has been uniting bloggers from different countries, interests and languages to blog about one important global topic on the same day since 2007. Past topics have included Water, Climate Change, Poverty, Food and the Power of We, with tens of thousands of blogs taking part.
This year’s theme is human rights, and I have taken this opportunity to reacquaint myself with Amnesty International, the global movement of more than 3,000,000 people in over 150 countries and territories dedicated to ending grave human rights abuses. Right now, Amnesty is campaigning for a new law to stop people in some of the world’s poorest communities from being kicked out of their homes without warning.
In every part of the world, people are forced out of their homes without warning or consultation, without access to justice and without compensation. These forced evictions often involve violence. They destroy livelihoods and social networks, and drive people deeper into poverty… often resulting in many becoming homeless and destitute. Read more