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Brand Innovators today announced its Brand Innovators ‘40 Under 40 West’ Class of 2014, recognizing the 40 most innovative brand marketers under 40 years old working West of Chicago. This year’s winners will be acknowledged this evening, October 23, at a special ‘40 Under 40′ celebration at San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum, where Brand …

Shopping destination Gilt.com announced today the appointment of Clay Cowan to Chief Marketing Officer. Cowan will join Gilt on November 10, 2014, reporting to CEO Michelle Peulso. Cowan joins from Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the world’s most global high-end hotel company, where he most recently served as the SVP of Global Digital, responsibile for global …

Music powerhouse Clear Channel has consummated its digital engagement, wedding its roster of ad-supported consumer services under a new name, iHeartMedia. The re-branding reflects the 21st century achievements of a company named for 20th century technology, explained company Chairman and CEO Robert Pittman, noting “when I look at iHeart and digital, it’s the core of …

I was on Tinder, for a week. Yes, I’m married. Don’t worry, it was an approved experiment. Let me take a half-step back. Every month I pick 1 new social platform to experiment with. In the past that’s lead to a month with Vine, EyeEm, SnapChat and others. The month I spend with a platform …

By now you’ve probably heard of GoPro. The wearable video camera brand has been in the news a lot lately after its hugely successful IPO. As many of the recent articles about the company have pointed out, if GoPro is ultimately a multi-billion dollar company, it’s not simply because its cameras are popular but because …

Iconic direct marketing company Publishers Clearing House has named Jason John as chief marketing officer, a newly-created position in the organization. John has spent the last four years as Gilt’s vice president of online, mobile and social marketing. In his new role at PCH, he will be responsible for the development and execution of overall …

In what can be seen as either a happy accident or a giddily successful film tie-in, Miller Lite has leveraged an Anchorman 2 appearance for vintage white-label can into a successful rebranding at retail. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was released to domestic theaters December 13. In January, the new-old look was set to hit …

The AMA recently published an article, The Retweet that Never Sleeps, about Duane Reade’s highly successful content marketing approach that has helped the tiny (in terms of store count) retailer outperform much larger competitors in terms of social media engagement (National Drug chain CVS has just 10% of the Twitter audience of Duane Reade for …

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by Brandon Gutman
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Brandon is an expert connector and seasoned business development professional. As Principal of Brand Approved, he's led the advisory to become the bridge between brand marketers and best of breed service providers that are reshaping the industry.

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