Beer. That’s the reason newspapers don’t use the “Oxford comma,” a journalism professor once told me.
Consider the sentence, “CAWOOD does websites, PR, advertising, and branding.”
That last comma before the “and” is the “Oxford comma.” Editors have fought to the death over the Oxford comma, whether it’s necessary or not.
Newspapers side with “not.”
Proposed heading for the template we use to write creative briefs.
Although I enjoy networking, I’m always looking for ways to be more effective at it. When I received an invitation to a marketing mixer hosted by
University of Oregon American Marketing Association, I thought it would be a good opportunity to do just that, while also reconnecting with some colleagues from my business school days. My co-worker, Lindsey Kate, and I decided to attend the […]
We’d just finished a planning meeting on a positive high, when someone asked a challenging question during the wrap-up. My immediate reaction was that the question was negative and detracted from the good work we’d just done. I was wrong.
The question would end up opening a dialog that we wouldn’t otherwise have had. And that dialog has had many ramifications – mostly good. I also realized that questions aren’t good or bad, positive or negative. […]
Jim Evangelista’s […]
Click to enlarge this photo of Eugene with snow.
Each week, we take a moment to reflect on a quote, photo, video or story that reminds us about our company values, which spell out CARE – Collaborative, Authentic, Responsible and Energetic.
Recently, I’ve been inspired by this quote: “I live simply so that others can simply live.” In some places, this saying is credited to Ghandi, some to Mother Teresa, and some to other do-gooders of […]
By telling stories that they want to hear. Call it, say, brand journalism.
This may sound funny coming from a marketing company, but people do not want to be sold to. They want to purchase a product or service when they’re ready to buy it and from people or a company they trust. Because it’s on their terms and timing. Because it fits their needs or lifestyle. Not because the radio jingle was clever […]
Do unto others as you would want done to you.
It hasn’t always been called “The Golden Rule,” but this model of ethical reciprocity has a long history among many cultures and religions.
“Various expressions of this fundamental moral rule are to be found in tenets of most religions and creeds through the ages, testifying to its universal applicability,” British Philosopher Antony Flew states in A Dictionary of Philosophy. And Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at Harvard […]
It’s estimated that 68 percent of companies don’t have clearly defined social media policies. They aren’t providing guidelines to their employees to help them understand the relationship between their personal posting and their jobs.
“I’d say there are two broad reasons for having a social media set of guidelines for every company: crisis management or brand opportunity,” said Mario Sundar, community evangelist at LinkedIn.
Social media offers the opportunity for employees to help build the […]
When I first heard the term “brand journalism,” I wasn’t buying it. I spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist, and I admit I still suffer from hopeless idealism about that field’s higher purpose.
Brand journalism is a form of marketing, after all. A company publishes “journalistic” content intended to draw people to its brand.
I’m still not fond of the term, but having come to better understand what it’s about, I think it offers intriguing marketing possibilities.
But it needs to be […]
We believe in congratulating successes. We enjoy random acts of kindness. And we think small acts can make a big impact – over time and with collaboration.
So when we saw clients and friends listed in Oregon Business magazine’s Power Book, we decided a pat on the back was in order. Thinking on what would be a nice gesture, the obvious was a […]