Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Feminism and Advertising

The top three headlines in my daily Ad Age newsletter today were:

Female Empowerment in Ads: Soft Feminism or Soft Soap?

Forget ‘Real Beauty’: Ads for Skin-Whitening Beauty Products Just Won’t Die

Mattel Pushes Barbie as Model of Empowerment for Young Girls

Between Under Armour’s new campaign and Beyonce’s already-iconic VMA performance it’s safe to say feminism is having a moment in media. 

Ad Age is asking a good question, though — is this truly feminism, or pinkwashing? It’s something I struggle with as a marketer. 

Like any good liberal arts major I studied my fair share of feminist theory. And while these new marketing pushes are a far cry from “true” feminism, I can’t help but feel they are steps in the right direction — steps we should celebrate and encourage. No, it’s not perfect, but it’s certainly better than what came before

The feminist fight isn’t going to be won all at once — and it’s not going to be won by an ad campaign. But the ambient noise advertising makes in our culture can help push the true fight forward. And for that, I’m glad to call this progress.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Friday, August 1, 2014
The work that needs to be done is to create a product and a story that makes your customers want you to make the logo more prominent.

A spot-on spin of one of the most ubiquitous/infamous/cliché pieces of client design feedback: “It’s great, but can we make the logo bigger?” In a nutshell, as a social/content marketer, this is what I do.

Via Seth Godin

Awesome work from Under Armor. Loving the tag, I Will What I Want, and this from their CEO Kevin Plank:

“So today we are starting that conversation and positioning our women’s business to equal or surpass our men’s business in the future … that is the march we are on today.”

Via BuzzFeed

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
That’s the real promise of social media — that we would indeed find our common humanity and act on that.

Hilary Clinton at Twitter headquarters, July 21, 2014


Friday, June 27, 2014 Wednesday, June 25, 2014
This is the only technology in the world that allows people to behave as one in the world.

Biz Stone

I disagree with his assessment in this article that there’s nothing missing from Twitter — I think it needs better organizing tools, among other things — but this is a powerful quote. 


Sunday, June 22, 2014


Thursday, June 12, 2014

ClickHole vs. Content

Today the internet was abuzz with the launch of ClickHole, The Onion’s satirical answer to BuzzFeed and other sites who sometimes feature over-the-top, “click bait” style headlines. While The Onion’s team has, as always, nailed the humor and satirical execution — from the site’s name to article titles like "16 Pictures of Beyoncé Where She’s Not Sinking in Quicksand" — the site is a good reminder that for content marketers. it’s not enough just to juice the headline. There’s got to be good content behind it — otherwise it’s just a click hole that does nothing for your brand.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Really proud of this activation that my team and I worked on for our New York Stock Exchange client. 


This week our client the New York Stock Exchange unveiled a fabulous new logo, and as part of the launch we invited digital creators to the floor to capture the moment. As the NYSE moves into the future with a focus on innovation, it was time for some fresh perspectives on this most iconic of institutions, and the thoughtful, talented creators we brought to the NYSE did an amazing job of telling that story through imagery. We love the unexpected combination of art, digital media and finance, which feels just right for this brand as it steps boldly into a new era.

See more of the creators’ work at #NYSEPerspectives.

Images above by gotitnyc, jorgecolombo, christianjackson, and zachmattheus.