Brand Keys, a brand loyalty and customer engagement consultancy, has released results of a survey pitting major brands against one another in a patriotism contest. Because nothing’s more American than competition!
Those who think modern advertising is lacking the gravitas provided by talking tunas will want to make a nostalgia-soaked stopover at SFO in the next few months. ”A World of Characters,” author and pop culture historian Warren Dotz’s collection of 300 iconic animals, mythical creatures, and anthropomorphic foods, is on display at the San Francisco International Airport through January 4.
A fictional personality built a huge following for Marvel. Here’s how the man behind the Twitter mask did it.
Everyone knows Spider-Man and Iron Man, but do you know another Marvel Entertainment power player: Agent M?
Agent M is the twitter alias for Ryan Penagos, the executive editorial director of Marvel Entertainment’s Digital Media Group, who has been quietly building a massive personal Twitter following of 1.32 million sharing his insights on tacos, video games, pop culture (and yes quite a bit about comics as well).
Penagos was hired by Marvel in 2006 to kick-start the company’s online content back when social media was an emerging trend.
“In the beginning, we had two blogs and a variety of things that were very informal,” says Penagos. “They hired me to come in and go crazy. It was almost like the Wild West—I could do anything I wanted with some oversight.”
Graphic designer Jennifer Beatty, a graduate student at the School of Visual Arts in New York, decided to use the shrapnel from once-loved but now broken bikes to create something else people can love: art. The idea emerged when Beatty and her fellow students were tasked with creating a 100 Days project, in which the artist performs one basic operation every day for 100 days—to eventually add up to a larger piece of art. Beatty’s is called 100 Hoopties, “hooptie” being a slang term for a beat-up old bike.
Dormant for years, the world’s greatest salsa label is back and celebrating its 50th anniversary. How a new digital strategy and smart branding have revitalized—and returned to profitability—this major cultural institution.
“We’re somewhat the uninvited guest,” says Cliff Marks, president of sales and marketing at NCM Media Networks, which produces the program. “No one comes to the movies and says, ‘I wonder what’s going to be in the pre-show.’ But since we’ve created this show, you wouldn’t believe how great the consumer response is.”
When it launched in 2002, he says, people booed and threw stuff at the screen. Today, in surveys, 95% of viewers say they like it.