Copywriter's Novel to Become Hollywood Movie

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EMI Strategic Marketing Creative Director Rob Vlock recently sold a novel manuscript which will become the Sony Pictures Entertainment film Off Strategy. The romantic comedy focuses on the story of a copywriter who falls for a women who turns out to be the same woman with whom he already has an acrimonious phone relationship.

There's been plenty of movies, not to mention AMC's Mad Men, that do center in one way or another on advertising but it's nice to one actually written by a person who actually knows what he's talking about. Whether or not the film will actually get made or how badly Vlock's script will be re-written by Hollywood hacks is subject for a different discussion.

Congrats, Rob. Here's hoping the film gets made the way you envisioned it. Maybe this time around, Hollywood will get it right.

by Steve Hall    Oct-22-07    
Topic: Publishing



Joe Jaffe Climbs Amazon Book Charts With 'Bumrush' Stunt

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Not necessarily sure what to make of all of this but, if anything, when Joe Jaffe is involved, it's bound to be a gleeful tempest in a teacup though one which manages to capture quite a bit of attention as well as achieve marked significance and success. Jaffe asked everyone who was planning to buy his new book, Join the Conversation, yesterday on Amazon so that the book would climb the daily sales charts. And climb it did.

At 8:52AM, the book was listed at number 4,840. By 6:23PM, the book has risen to number 26 overall and the second most sold business book of the day behind Alan Greenspan's book. Whether or not cramming all his book sales into one day will make him more money is unclear but that doesn't matter to Jaffe. He wants to get people involved, more so that they normally would. He's turned the mundane process of buying a book into a communal event of sorts which is in complete alignment with the subject matter of his book.

by Steve Hall    Oct-22-07    
Topic: Good, Guerilla, Online, Publishing



Jaffe Bumrushes the Charts With New Book

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Joe Jaffe, author of Life After the 30-Second Spot and host of the Across the Sound (recently renamed Jaffe Juice) podcast has published a new book, Join the Conversation. The book covers the notion of conversational marketing, originally sparked by Tom Hespos and loosely described as the "conversation" that happens (or should be) between marketers and consumers.

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by Steve Hall    Oct-18-07    
Topic: Publishing



'Elements of Persuasion' Boasts Time-Honored Elements for Success

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When in doubt, nothing wins people over like a good story. Playing the bard is a standby for good CEOs and, we think, great marketers.

That's one reason why we found Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman's The Elements of Persuasion so interesting. It doesn't just emphasize the importance of telling tales to persuade; it does so from a branding and sales perspective, without neglecting the importance of listening, and sharing plenty of relevant stories along the way.

It's also compact, easy to read, and orange. How do you beat orange?!

by Angela Natividad    Oct-14-07    
Topic: Good, Opinion, Publishing



Crush, Coupland Explain Why Seratonin Levels Drop Inside Office Supply Stores

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This is the first of a promotion by Crush, Toronto for Douglas Coupland's new novel The Gum Thief, "a story of love and looming apocalypse set in the aisles of an office supply store."

We're going to take a wild shot in the dark and say the innocuous office supply is Staples, because use of the word staples, the brand Staples and the object staples has hit us a few times. Of course, we could be totally wrong.

The spots cover three elements: protagonists Roger and Bethany, and The Glove Pond -- a novel inside the novel. Coupland narrates and each spot kind of makes us hate life, but in a funny way. We'd be receptive to reading the book, but mainly we feel compelled to sit around making staple animation. (See Bethany.)

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 9-07    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Promotions, Publishing



Models Steal, Paddinton Eats Marmite, Playboy Cuts

- Even fashion models can sound intelligent. Especially when they steal their lines from an MIT professor.

- Paddington Bear creator Michael Bond and fans are angered because Karen Jankel, Bond's daughter gave the go ahead for the character to be used in a Marmite ad when it's well known Paddington likes marmalade.

- As more and more nudity becomes readily and freely available online, Playboy has decided to cut back paid circulation 13 percent to 2.6 million as well as offer more free content online.

by Steve Hall    Oct- 3-07    
Topic: Magazine, Policy, Publishing



There's a (No-Bullshit) Textbook for Making Money in Marketing. Who Knew?

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Ahh. Here's what Profitable Marketing Communications aspired but failed to be because the authors were too busy trying to be memorable writers. Jason Burby and Shane Atchison make no such pretension.

Actionable Web Analytics reads more like a textbook than an indulgent marketing tourguide. Its lessons are practical, actionable, simply explained and well-illustrated.

Buy it. You don't even have to read it; if it's on your shelf, you'll actually seem smarter. We'll even overlook the fact that co-author Shane looks like a hipster.

by Angela Natividad    Oct- 2-07    
Topic: Good, Opinion, Publishing



'Purple Cow' Fans Rejoice: Godin Writes Again (This Time on Meatballs)

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What's a meatball sundae? It's the unfortunate result of two good ideas smashed together -- and the topic of Seth Godin's next book, which is generating much buzz on Hype Street at Advertising Week.

We couldn't go anywhere last night without hearing about it. Marketers describe Meatball Sundae as an invitation to approach web 2.0 as an opportunity to enliven company culture, even as passion begins to make way for bureaucracy.

Alternatively, Godin claims to see web 2.0 as a chance to "transform" the organization. Two sides of the same coin? Read about the book from the meatball-loving mouth itself.

by Angela Natividad    Sep-26-07    
Topic: Celebrity, Promotions, Publishing, Viral



'The Electric Church' Delivers Eternal Salvation

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If there's any category of marketer who has dramatically altered the way they market their product, it would be book publishers. Publishers have jumped head first into what online marketing has to offer. From using blog, to social networking sites to video to dedicated websites, the category has forever left behind its formerly staid marketing practices. Surely, they are not alone but they tend to stand out more so than others.

To market the book The Electric Church, a science fiction novel about eternal life via brain transplant into cyborg avatars (or something like that), has launched a BlogAd campaign and a site that takes you inside the church in a freaky sort of way. The creative includes interactive elements from the site. It's definitely simple but simple is more often than not all it takes to deliver a message.

by Steve Hall    Sep-25-07    
Topic: Good, Online, Publishing



Read Adland for All the Reasons Why You Should - or Shouldn't - Go into Advertising

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We're firm believers in that if you're going to devote your life to something, even something as "banal" as advertising, you should commit. Let yourself go. Fall in love with it. Learn it inside and out.

After reading Adland over the weekend, we're thinking, here's a book that finally lets you do that.

It's really hard to find a book on advertising that doesn't come off as worshipful and jam-packed with debauched ad men and images of half-naked women, or overly critical and almost caustic. These are all attempts to simplify the profession and shove it into a box it doesn't really belong in.

We get a sense that author Mark Tungate has as much of a love/hate relationship with advertising as anybody. Without ignoring or embellishing those feelings, he examines the industry as a chartable landscape with a unique history.

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by Angela Natividad    Sep-12-07    
Topic: Opinion, Publishing










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