Marketing Category



From case studies to critical analysis, we go behind the hype to show you what’s new, what’s noteworthy, and what’s nonsense. This section covers all aspects of marketing: advertising, branding, design, SEO, social media, overall business strategy, and more. Sometimes serious, occasionally satirical, frequently skeptical, never stale.

campaign map
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Planner of Marketing… A friend who runs an ad agency told me he just declined a prospective client. Even though that prospect was a great guy with a great business, he refused to pay for a campaign plan, and would only pay for the production work. I told my friend that I, too, would have passed. I see a marketing plan as the blueprint, the screenplay, the treasure map, so it’s undervalued at even $10,000 or $20,000. A plan also drawsRead More
Accenture-Droga5
by Jeffrey Hirsch, USC Adjunct Professor + President/Founder of The Right Brain Studio; featured image by Hirsch; this piece originally appeared on The Right Brain Studio blog… On April 3, 2019, Adweek reported that “Droga5, the creative agency known for its acclaimed campaigns for brands like Chase, Google, HBO, IHOP, The New York Times and Under Armour, has agreed to be acquired in full by Accenture Interactive, the marketing arm of international consulting firm Accenture.”Read More
In The Time It Takes To Get There
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Influencer Marketing Professor… With the influencer business fraught with fraud and fakery — all while flaunting “authenticity” — what better way to reveal truth than pointed satire?Read More
nonprofit pricing
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Consultant to Nonprofits, Dotcoms, and Dreamers; photo by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash… What do charity organizations and most Web 2.0 companies have in common? None make a profit. (Apparently, someone convinced dotcoms that .) But they all still have prices — just not in the traditional sense of numbers on a tag…Read More
LinkedIn Top Posts
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + LinkedIn Semi-Enthusiast… On the surface, this sounds good: social media platforms like LinkedIn are now promoting “higher quality” posts and burying junk posts. What’s not to love?Read More
jargon
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Knows Jargon Enough To Avoid It; image by Mabdul via Wikimedia Commons… Many companies readily blame the competition for their struggles. For example, how many lackluster retailers have you seen blame Amazon? In many cases, it’s their marketing (or lack of it) holding them back…Read More
rule of seven
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Nonbeliever in Lucky Numbers; photo by Maciej Pienczewski on Unsplash… The market space abounds with myths. Some state that social media is a substitute for advertising (never). Others claim that consumers want relationships with brands (rarely). And it’s not just amateurs who tout these myths; agencies and consultants also cite them and, worse, implement them into their campaigns for clients…Read More
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Creative Strategist… OK, let me get this straight: A sports fashion brand run by savvy marketing pros and brilliant designers creates a text-driven promo piece… then ruins it with bad typography?Read More
Kraft Heinz FAIL
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Condiment Contrarian… Oy, what a disgusting mess.Read More
Vespa logo
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Copywriter Who Loves To Envy The Work Of Others… Here’s hoping magazines stage a revival so we’ll always have print ads like these…Read More