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by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Car Fanatic… Remember when Honda could do no wrong? Back in the ’90s and the ’00s, it seemed like every other person in L.A. drove a Honda, and they’d never have to take their car in for repairs or recalls. Indeed, my buddy is still driving his Civic nearly 20 years and over 200,000 miles later. What the hell happened?Read More
dried up book
By Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Teacher of World Classes; photo by Greta Schölderle Møller on Unsplash… As yet another public service, I’ve identified a few words and phrases that have been so overused, misused, and abused that they no longer have any meaning. (Kind of like the joke in an average Saturday Night Live sketch.) These terms sound important without saying anything, which makes them ideal for press releases and political speeches…Read More
diamond marketing
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Likes Shiny Objects… People ask me whether marketing truly works. Sure, marketers claim they made Nike and Apple and BMW rich and popular — but didn’t these companies become rich and popular simply because they had great products? In response, I first explain what marketing really means. It’s not just advertising and sales; indeed, creating “great products” is a large part of the equation. But theories and definitions are far less persuasive than actual proof. As the cliché goes, “Show,Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Early Banner Ad Creator… The biggest reason why banner ads don’t work? It’s simple: people simply don’t see them. We marketers call it “banner blindness.”Read More
Don't mind me, I'm just retargeting.
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + E-Commerce Addict… I just had a shopping experience I can’t forget — and not because it was memorable in any way. I can’t forget it because the Internet won’t let me…Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Fan of Both the NFL and Andrew McGregor So maybe you’ve seen these NFL commercials with the bearded guy in the suit (created by agency David & Goliath)… And perhaps you said to yourself, “WTF? Who is that guy and why is he the spokesman for the NFL?” Or maybe you said, “Wow, what a great character, how did they come up with that idea?” I had another take on the commercial: “Is that my friend Andrew McGregor?”Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Former Facebook Advertiser , I talked about the aesthetic MySpacification of Facebook: how the popular social network’s design went from clean to pure cornea gumbo. Now let’s talk advertising on Facebook. I used to buy Facebook ads because I was enamored by the targeting capabilities. For example, when promoting a local theatrical production, I could easily target the zip code and even a surrounding area, the right age group, actors and directors and other theatre types, fans of the playwright,Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Guy Who Actually Reads the Ads I confess: I clicked an ad on Facebook today. Really. Now, you know that Facebook ad clickthrough rates are so dismal (about 1 out of every 2000 views), that even Facebook execs are talking more about “branding” and “awareness.” But I couldn’t help myself. I love me some gadgets and marketing, and this ad for the iTwin featured both…Read More
"The Pitch" Subway episode
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Sucker for Shows about Advertising… Just saw AMC’s “The Pitch,” a reality show about ad agencies going head-to-head to land an account. Although it contained the usual heavy editing and over-dramatization of most reality shows, it was fun to second-guess real agencies in action. This episode featured two agencies, WDCW and McKinney going after the Subway breakfast account. My thoughts? WDCW had better talent. Their writing was clever, and even their stock-photo selection was funny. And that goes to show thatRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC True story: A man walks by a pet store and sees rabbits for sale. He tells the clerk that he’ll take one, and she asks him what color he’d like. The man responds, “I don’t think the snake cares”…Read More