advertising Tag



iPod
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Loves Strong Brands… I couldn’t resist the bait. A direct marketing guy on LinkedIn posed the following question: “Why don’t most advertising agencies pay as much attention to results as they do to their creative and the awards that they can achieve?… Don’t get me wrong, I believe that branding is important to a company, but feel like you can do both at once and achieve much more. … Respectfully, please help me in understanding why clever creative, especiallyRead More
T Rex
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Diehard Newspaper Lover; photo by David Monniaux via Wikimedia Commons… Many marketers and media pros are buzzing about “influencer marketing”: hiring celebs of various stripes to spread the word in a social-media-driven marketplace. That’s why YouTube stars have agents and Pinterest mavens have endorsement deals. But what if you want to reach influential Americans who are NOT active online? (Yes, there are influential people who don’t give a tweet.) What if your target market looks like this… they have moreRead More
Jingle Bengal
by Kim Tronic, Resident Cocktail Expert + Jingle Writer… It’s happened to all of us. You’re in the shower lathering up or driving to work and you start humming a tune. Then you hum louder and bob your head. Before you know it, you’re screaming “Fresh goes better with Mentos, fresh and full of LIIIIIIFE!” even though you despise the small, sugary, tooth-decaying mints. Know what that’s called? Effective advertising. At least in terms of getting in your head.Read More
How to become a media mogul
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Fellow Aspiring Mogul… “In this very real world, good doesn’t drive out evil. Evil doesn’t drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive.” — Bill Bernbach, advertising legend I recently spoke about media careers to college students at the National Broadcasting Society AERho Convention. We were in the heart of the Disneyland Resort, amidst thousands of tourists wearing Mickey Mouse ears and celebrating America’s greatest media brand. It was the perfect place to discuss the future of media and howRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Likes Change… A few months ago a journalist interviewed me about “pivoting.” In case you missed the business-speak memo, “pivoting” means “changing direction” — it just sounds more athletic and deliberate than, “We changed our minds, alright?” It so happens that I have just pivoted Atomic Tango, which I founded in 2007 years ago as a marketing agency. Here to help explain my new direction and why I chose it is me, circa 2007… Freddy 2015: Hey, Freddy 2007,Read More
Amazon Fire Phone
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Analyst… Add “effective” to the list of marketing terms that no longer mean anything, alongside “authentic,” “leader,” “revolutionary,” “disruptive” and “engagement.” According to a misdirected study by research firm Ace Metrix, in 2014 Samsung reportedly had 7 of the 15 “most effective” ads in the tech hardware sector, including the top 2. Of course, as everyone knows, Samsung had a terrible year, with third-quarter profits down 60% to three-year lows. Also on Ace Metrix’s top 15 list: Amazon’s ad forRead More
Guinness St Patrick's Day Ad
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Beer Commercial Connoisseur… ‘Tis St. Patrick’s day, so what better way for a marketing blogger to celebrate than to write while totally drunk share a classic Guinness commercial: Beyond entertaining, that video also hits all 3B’s of my marketing promo framework: Brand: It makes the Guinness brand distinctive, likeable, and memorable. Buzz: Millions of views on YouTube alone. Behavior: The ad includes the call to action “Round up your mates for a Guinness” (positive), but doesn’t include a link to aRead More
Humbled Doesn't Mean That
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Hardcore Word Lover… The other day I saw a billboard for a food company. I don’t remember the brand or the product (total ad fail), but I do remember the tagline: “Real Authentic Taste.” And I immediately thought, what the hell does that mean?Read More
Taigan screengrab
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Thinks That Words Matter… “The most important factor in selecting type is its readability. Type should be clear, easy on the eye, friendly, and inviting. Style is important — the choice of font is one of many elements that contributes to the image conveyed by the ad — but readability always comes first. Always… Never do anything to make the copy difficult to read. Type should be set in black against a clear white background – not a tint,Read More
Inbound-Permission Marketing Office
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + No Relation To Right Said Fred Inbound and permission marketers must be the sexiest people on earth. (Mis)led by their guru , they abhor ads and other marketing promos that “interrupt” consumers. Rather, they simply build websites and social media profiles, then passively wait for customers to find them and give them “permission” to do marketing. Makes you all hot and bothered just thinking about it, huh?Read More