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What is the biggest social media stumbling block for Fortune 500 firms? According to social strategist and “Return on Relationship” author Ted Rubin it’s fear of taking the plunge and embracing social 120 percent. It’s “fear of the hard work and time it takes” to do social right, Rubin told social media and marketing blogger …

Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued a life-time ban to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks that were recently made public. To use an old term, a classic, high-volume, “news cycle” erupted. Lebron James, Magic Johnson, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon all shared the same source material for social media posts. An …

Millennials (born between 1980 and 2000) are 77 million strong, 40% larger in population than Gen X. This huge generation is increasingly making its voice heard, as 4 million new Millennials will join the voting population every year between now and 2018.* Over the past decade the media has become increasingly fascinated with Millennials, calling …

If, like us, you find yourself pondering the formula for creating “relevant content,” look no further: it’s “generated by marrying “True Grit” (aka ‘big data’) with “True Confessions”, i.e. the real stories from real people that capture their emotional connections to brands.” So says Mary Kay Chief Marketing Officer Sheryl Adkins-Green. That is just one …

A few months back we decided to try something new. Instead of our usual industry analysis, we thought it would be fun to tell a story that captures what it’s like to be a digital marketer today. The hero of our story was Kim, a fictional character based on the real-life marketers we talk to …

Everyday, I hear three words on repeat from marketers: acquisition, nurturing, retention. The interesting thing is they are often spoken about in silos rather than as components of a total process that is in some parts linear and in other parts cyclical. Today’s leading-edge marketers are the ones speaking about the total Customer Lifetime Experience. …

Mondelēz International, Inc. entered into an agreement with online content purveyor NowThis News that sees the snack manufacturer establishing a “digital newsroom” at NowThis in New York. Dubbed Blink Studios, the new unit is designed to make Mondelēz more nimble in responding to market factors and real world events, providing access to 24/7 production facilities …

“The future of business begins with…you!” That says Altimeter Group principal analyst Brian Solis, sharing a peek from his new report, “Digital Transformation: Why and How Companies are Investing in New Business Models to Lead Digital Customer Experiences,” from the stage of Brand Innovators Austin. The Altimeter report, just released and available for download, represents …

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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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