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Alt-Weeklies Are Sinking Quickly to the Bottom of the Dead Newspapers Pile

Alt-Weeklies Are Sinking Quickly to the Bottom of the Dead Newspapers Pile

Alternative weeklies–our city’s free arts and entertainment newspapers–are facing untenable marketplace conditions today. The papers rely on advertising revenue from bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and retail stores. Given that all of the above are temporarily closed for business, there is next to no ad revenue coming in the door today. Joshua Benton at NeimanLab paints […] Read More

Ad Biz Is Facing Dire Outlooks for 2020 Revenue, New Business, and Jobs

Ad Biz Is Facing Dire Outlooks for 2020 Revenue, New Business, and Jobs

How are you feeling about the future of your agency and your job? Or if you’re primarily an independent contractor, what is your outlook? I am hearing anecdotally from friends in the business that things look pretty bleak on the horizon. Then there are the press reports to weigh, which I will now do… Let’s […] Read More

An Upside for Some: Food Preparation, Meal and Grocery Delivery Businesses All Soaring

An Upside for Some: Food Preparation, Meal and Grocery Delivery Businesses All Soaring

Let’s look at the winners. There are always winners. No matter what. Blue Apron’s Stock Is On Fire Right now, Blue Apron is a winner. Shares of Blue Apron jumped over 100 percent Monday afternoon after seven counties in the Bay Area announced shelter-in-place orders. Its stock jumped another 70 percent on Tuesday amid several […] Read More

Advisors Advise

Advisors Advise

  Advertising people are advisors and consultants to CEOs and CMOs. We also make things, but that follows the discovery and strategic planning phases. Right now, in the face of a global pandemic, there’s a new kind of advice emerging. Lots of people are genuinely offering to help others in distress, while others are working […] Read More

Fear of Unemployment Is Spreading Fast, Ad Workers Far from Immune

Fear of Unemployment Is Spreading Fast, Ad Workers Far from Immune

Fear sells. Fear also spreads. People who work in advertising are correct to feel fear, right now. According to The New York Times, more than a million Americans are expected to lose their jobs by the end of March. According to Moody’s Analytics, nearly 80m jobs in the US are currently at risk due to […] Read More

“Main Street” Retailers Rely on the Local Community for Support in Every Way

“Main Street” Retailers Rely on the Local Community for Support in Every Way

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, San Francisco and other cities have asked people to only leave their homes for essential goods like food and medicine. Of course, the essential goods can only be made, packaged, delivered to the store, and sold in the store, when thousands of people who do this work leave their […] Read More

Repurposing for the Public Good: What Compassionate Companies Are Doing to Help

Repurposing for the Public Good: What Compassionate Companies Are Doing to Help

With fear and negativity rising, it’s important for brands to bring illumination and direct help to the fore. Alberto Brea, the chief growth strategist at DiMassimo Goldstein in New York City, points to some of the companies who are doing good works. He also wisely notes, “In times of Coronavirus, the best ad is not […] Read More

Brand Reputations Are Inextricably Tied To A Firm’s Operational Realities

Brand Reputations Are Inextricably Tied To A Firm’s Operational Realities

Brand reputation is always on the line. Each and every day anything can (and does) happen to ding the brand. Sometimes the ding is more than a ding, it’s a gong. Today, the gongs are banging from coast-to-coast as the retail sector is annihilated by the spread of COVID-19. There Is No Safety Net for […] Read More

Corporate America’s Leaders Get Crash Course in Crisis Communications

Corporate America’s Leaders Get Crash Course in Crisis Communications

Crisis management and crisis communications are not disciplines that you want to learn on the job. Yet, on the job in the midst of a crisis is exactly where and when you will learn them. Some CEOs will blunder during this time of disease and turmoil. Others will excel, along with their brands. John Mackey, […] Read More

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