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Media Agencies Are Bullish on Chicago Marketers see the Windy City as more in touch with consumers

Lately, a whole string of media agencies are falling in love with Chi-Town. As some marketers, especially heartland brands, see Chicagoans as more representative of the American consumer than those who…

April 21, 2014, 8:57 PM EDT

Sperry's Top-Sider Battles a Flotilla of Imitators The storied 'boat shoe' not just for boatmen anymore

As legend has it, Paul Sperry—Dartmouth man, World War I naval officer—was sailing his cutter Sirocco on a cold day in 1935 when he nearly slipped on the wet deck…

April 16, 2014, 8:58 PM EDT

Brands Need to Stop Trying to Play Hero The goal should be participation

Illustration: Miguel Montaner Did you ever know that you’re not my hero? There. It had to be said (or sung). Consider this amusing yet pertinent disconnect in the spirit of helping…

April 15, 2014, 6:09 AM EDT

The New Head of McCann Erickson N.Y. Misses the Rain and Camaraderie of London Chris Macdonald's transition to the agency's flagship office

Specs Who Chris Macdonald New gig president, McCann Erickson New York Old gig CEO, McCann Erickson London; chairman, McCann Worldgroup Age 47 You grew up in Oxford. Did you ever think you would work…

April 13, 2014, 9:21 PM EDT

IBM Buys Silverpop as Cloud-Based Acquisitions Pool Dries Up Marketo still lingers as a big fish

IBM has purchased Atlanta-based software provider Silverpop, and the arms race among tech giants is probably on its last legs when it comes to cloud-based marketing players. The Atlanta Business Journal reported…

April 10, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

This Music Marketing Firm Mixes Brands, Bands and Fans How do you create campaigns that seem organic, not contrived?

Mirrored Media Who Justin Lefkovitch, founder and CEO What Experiential music marketing firm Where Santa Monica, Calif. In marketing, the relationship among brands, bands and fans can be tricky. Brands want to appropriate artists’ “cool”…

April 9, 2014, 9:23 PM EDT

Want to Sell a Dorky Product? Just Add Electric Guitars From polyester slacks to milk

Fifty years ago, a clothing company called Glen Oaks Industries, renting office space in a faded building on 34th Street, was battling it out with countless other brands in New…

April 9, 2014, 9:22 PM EDT

How Selling Out Can Help or Hurt Your Band 12 case studies of cashing in, blowing up and facing the music

Musicians have always struggled with whether licensing their music or becoming a spokesperson for a brand will affect the relationship they have with their fans. Some artists have been able…

April 9, 2014, 10:31 AM EDT

PopSugar Launches Full-Service Unit The Bakery Want to know what women want? Lifestyle company may have the answer

If you are a company looking to target the ladies, PopSugar is serving something up for you. The women’s lifestyle company today unveiled The Bakery—a full-service, in-house team dedicated to helping advertisers…

April 9, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

Capitol Music’s Brand Partnership Director Talks About How Marketing and Music Are Changing A chat with Zoe Sonquist King

Specs Who Zoë Sonquist King New gig Director, brand partnerships, Capitol Music Group Old gig Account manager, Cimarron Group Age 31 Describe your role at Capitol. Our team does anything from product placement to music videos. We…

April 6, 2014, 8:37 PM EDT

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