critical thinking Tag



Los Angeles Rams marketing
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Professor… Do marketing plans come from factory assembly lines these days? The advice is so generic and commodified, someone on AliExpress must be selling it for 40-cents a piece as long as you buy 100 of them. Take this article about marketing the L.A. Rams NFL franchise. It contains two words that would make most experienced marketers groan in weariness: The S-Word: Social Media The M-Word: Millennials Those two words were a running gag in my Marketing Strategy course. IfRead More
Rule Of 7 Loaded Dice
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Analyst… One advantage of phone calls is no one can see you rolling your eyes. Because while listening to a lazy ad agency explain their strategy and campaign results, my eyes rolled harder than the dice at a Vegas craps table. I was on a conference call with one of my clients, a college program, and their digital ad agency, a giant firm that usually works with Fortune 500 clients. The agency had spent over $50,000 (nearly half of myRead More
micromanaging boss meme
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + LinkedIn Purist… The neighborhood is slowly deteriorating. Not my physical one in L.A., which is gentrifying so fast even the pigeons have to take out loans to eat.Read More
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Communication Professor… Add another voice to the growing chorus of marketers stating the inconvenient truth — a truth that social media cheerleaders still refuse to acknowledge: When it comes to marketing brands, organic social media is a colossal waste of time.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
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Guy Who Questions the Answers A recent class discussion brought up one of my core tenets: the need to question everything in the market. We had been discussing Charity Water, a nonprofit that achieved near celebrity status because of its use of social media and videos: Great ad, right? When asked to analyze why the video was effective, a student described it as “authentic” and “transparent” — two popular cliches that are so overused, misused, and abused that they noRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Social Media Evaluator I’m waiting for my payment of $138,552.96. I’m not sure who’s supposed to pay me, but I know the exact amount. According to the article “What’s the Value of a Tweet?” by the consulting firm SumAll, the “revenue generated from a business tweet” is $25.62. Since my Twitter account is entirely business, and I’ve tweeted 5,408 times as of today, I should get a six-figure windfall. And that’s not counting the revenue from each retweet ($20.37)…Read More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC + Guy Who Likes To Question The Answers I used to read and recommend eMarketer, simply because they have numbers and pie charts and other examples of statisticulation. That made their articles seem more rational and realistic than 98.76%* of the blogposts written by social media gurus, who like to turn their personal whims and opinions into “10 rules for this” and “20 best practices for that” with no data to substantiate their arguments whatsoever. But this morning I came acrossRead More
Crazy Statsitics
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Always Questions The Numbers; image by Brews ohare via Wikimedia Commons… Imagine that you own a basketball team, and you send your talent scout out to find a new player. He comes back and presents two options: Player A: averages 9 points a game, including 1 three-point basket per game Player B: averages 24 points a game, including an average of 2 three-point baskets per game Both play the same number of minutes per game, and both want theRead More
industrial diamond
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Practicing Skeptic; photo of uncut industrial diamond ready for hyping by Shieldforyoureyes Dave Fischer… I once met this millionaire who made his fortune selling diamond jewelry through supermarket tabloids. What kind of jewelry sells through the cheesiest rags on the planet — newspapers you wouldn’t dare use to line a birdcage lest you kill the bird? These were genuine diamonds — genuine industrial diamonds, that is, worthless in the general jewelry market. Yet the tabloid readers saw the word “diamond” andRead More