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Influencer Marketing
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Influencer Strategies Instructor at USC; photo by Elijah O’Donnell on Unsplash… What’s the difference between a “celebrity” and an “influencer”? That’s one of the many questions I was asked by columnist Samuel Scott for the British marketing mag The Drum.Read More
Mark Ritson in MarketingWeek
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Resists Stereotypes; above image and bio from MarketingWeek… I’ve long railed against the lazy stereotype “millennials” (see my post about the L.A. Rams’ misguided marketing). In fact, I recently barred my students from using the word “millennials” —  along with “Gen X/Y/Z” and “Baby Boomers” — in class assignments. (I also banned “authentic” for various reasons.) My censorship appears to have improved their analytical work, so I’m now considering other words to prohibit. Naturally, I relished this rant byRead More
Kyle Le Family Reunion Video
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Kyle’s Proud Professor… This is the true story of one of my students — a story filled with accomplishments and emotions and valuable insights. I just had to write it up and share…Read More
frustrated copywriter
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Copywriter for over 30 years; photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash… For a school project, my copywriting students were upset that their client (not me) had rewritten their work. They asked me what they could do. I thought, “Welcome to the real world…”Read More
Outsource Marketing Makeover
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Branding Junkie… I’m digging the rebranding of my friend Patrick Byers‘ agency, Outsource Marketing…Read More
Bobby Borg with Freddy Nager
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Former Music Industry Guy… Many marketers get called “rock stars” — though most are more Milli Vanilli than Mick Jagger. Then there’s Bobby Borg, who is literally a rock star in the field…Read More
millennial nuns
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + And Nonbeliever in “Millennials”; photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash… Here’s another example of how contrived age-based segments (millennials, Gen Y, Gen Z, etc.) make “experts” look absurd…Read More
ghosting
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghosts; photo by Stefano Pollio on Unsplash… The business world seems more haunted than ever, with increasing reports of “ghosting” experiences…Read More
Gene Fowler Quote
Q: Dear Freddy: Can you recommend any books that would help me with writing techniques for marketing? Or does your writing come mostly through a lot of practice? — KC at USCRead More
Hannah Jewell Washington Post
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Influencer Marketing Instructor… Got a little more publicity this week: Hannah Jewell of the Washington Post quoted me for her video story on influencer marketing.Read More
Amazon Prime Day
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + long-time Amazon customer and questioner… I’m reading Amazon’s press release about its Prime Day results (“Alexa, How Good Was Prime Day?”), and though it sounds impressive — “sales surpassed the previous Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined” — it left me wanting to know more.Read More