Where Purpose Lives

The definition and nature of purpose is often misunderstood. It does not reside in a founder’s head. You won’t find it on an organizational chart. What about a nifty slogan? And it’s usually not visible on a vision and values poster. Or in your typical mission statement. Powerful, world-changing purpose lives inside the members of […]

The Purpose Effect

That’s you, tossed hither and yon. Pushed here and there by every wave of change. That’s your tribe Pulled by each misguided would-be, could-be opportunity. Buffeted by every possible concern of every possible constituency. Floating aimlessly from one flavor-of-the-month to another. Jolted by every news cycle. That’s you Susceptible to every wave of expediency. That’s […]

Influencer Influenza

Influencers can be highly contagious. Their enthusiasm infectious. Communicable. Intellectually epidemic. They can spread ideas and movements in many ways and in many directions. Take Gary Vaynerchuk, for example When he sneezes out an idea people around the planet get a little tipsy. That’s because millions of people from all over the world turn to […]

Content At The Speed Of Light

The George Clooneys, Tom Rooneys, Adam Looneys and just plain Tooneys of the world aren’t the biggest influencers anymore. Thank goodness. But Calvin Lee is Calvin is a 40 something, unmarried geek who lives in the basement of his parents’ home. More important, Calvin is a “superconnector.” His 140-character pronouncements, comments and bitly links drive […]

Feeling Is Believing

It was a glorious, early spring morning in the city. The sun shone brightly. The trees were newly green. All around, vibrant splashes of color punctuated the scene. Enter David David was on his way to work. Late as usual. So he picked up his pace. But even at his half-walk, half-trot gait he couldn’t […]

Stories Of IMC On The New Frontier

It’s just a hazy, fading memory now. But when I was a young boy a teacher changed my life. She made me stay after school and learn to read. Actually, I was already a passable reader. Mrs. Hoarsley thought I could be better You see, she believed in me when I didn’t really believe in […]

From Hype To Help: Remaking IMC

It’s time to do something about that rickety, old, rough-running IMC. I mean integrated marketing communications. And installing a few new parts isn’t going to do it. This is going to take a total redo It’s much like what our good friends at UNICEF faced a few years ago. They spent a fortune creating posters […]

To Those Who Leap

One day, Bill Klann took a trip to Chicago. Of all the wonders that he could see there, Bill found himself in the midst of the Union Stock Yards. In a slaughterhouse, of all places. The world’s capital of butchery There, he was immersed in a model of industrial butchering efficiency. Animal carcasses moved by […]

Surviving The Content Apocalypse

It started out innocently enough. Quite pretty, really. Lovely little messages, gliding on the breeze, falling lightly to the ground. Then things changed Suddenly, the wind shifted and the messages increased, filling the the sky, turning everything in their way into a shroud of white. Each message now propelled horizontally like an icy bullet. Making […]

The Evil Deception Of Content

“I have brought you here to the top of the changing, ever-shifting world, my friends, to be tempted.” “Look out, across time and space,” the evil deceiver whispers. “What do you see?” Content strategies being skillfully developed. Complex message platforms devised, revised, strategized and restrategized. Elevator pitches crafted in one minute, two minute and ten […]