Friday Five: Good reads about #branding

Happy New Fiscal Year, folks! And Happy Canada Day to our friends to the north. Beyond my summer reading, which has little direct connection with the work I do, I’ve been trying to soak in some new insights about branding by reading articles on the subject. Here are a few — well, five — recent reads that I found insightful. Maybe you will, too. Continue reading

The Internet is just the internet now

The Associated Press announced the change from Internet to internet in an April 2 tweet.

The Associated Press announced the change from Internet to internet in an April 2 tweet.

Today is a day of reckoning for all of us who write about the Internet. Because as of today, many publications and news outlets are bringing the Internet down a notch by replacing its capital “I” with a lowercase one.

Say goodbye to the Internet as we’ve known it. Welcome to the internet. Continue reading

How to (appear to) disappear completely

Here’s a puzzler for you, my fellow higher ed marketers:

Let’s say you’ve got a big new thing to promote — a brand new academic offering, or a new crowdfunding campaign, or an event unlike any other before it — and you’re responsible for developing the rollout. What do you do? Continue reading

Richard Edelman and the ‘revolution in the marketer’s mindset’

Richard Edelman, one of the most prominent public relations leaders around these days, delivered a speech the other day that outlines a fundamental shift in the way PR and marketing could work together. The ideas he expressed in his talk could also have profound implications for the way marketing and communications work in higher education. Continue reading

The gospel according to brands

Economist cover showing Steve Jobs as a messiah figure.

Economist cover showing Steve Jobs as a messiah figure.

Like many of my fellow Americans of Christian heritage, I celebrated Easter Sunday in a rather typical fashion: I attended church, helped with an Easter egg hunt on church grounds, ate a few too many candy eggs, enjoyed a nice meal with family and capped the day watching college basketball. (I’m happy that North Carolina, my pick for this year’s champion in one of my brackets, advanced to the Final Four last night.) If my activities on Easter are any indication, it’s clear that the meaning behind the big Christian holidays of Easter and Christmas was not always at the forefront of my observance of the holiday. For many of us, Easter and Christmas is more about spending time with loved ones than about the religious or spiritual aspects of these days. Continue reading