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70-20-10

Last night (Dec. 7th, 2010) the Marketing Planning Group of the American Marketing Association hosted a networking and learning event called Deciding the right mix in a new world of exploding choices. The fundamental question was this: how can marketers balance new and old media...

Season’s greeting social experiment

OK. In the left corner we have a greying, slightly overweight fighter - his name is Mr. Impressions. In the right corner there's a cocky newcomer. She's clever – maybe too clever for her own good. Her name is Miss Social. At Beakbane we have been...

Deciding the right mix in a new world of exploding choices

The American Marketing Association is hosting a networking and learning event in Toronto on Dec. 7th. In the world of old connections determining the right marketing mix was more certain. Marketers had more control, understood the costs and could predict the impact of a campaign. However, social...

Satisfying when it all comes together

There are few markets as brutally competitive as automobile retailing. There is excess manufacturing capacity with too many retailers selling identical products and fighting over easily aggravated consumers. This is an ideal testing ground for fresh and more disciplined approaches to marketing communications. The president of...

A few of our greetings cards from years gone by

For over 20 years we have been sending holiday greeting cards. As the everyday communication turns digital, so did our holiday greetings. But who doesn't like a good old paper card. Here are some of our favourite creations from over the years. Some humorous. Some mildly offensive. A...

Strategic repositioning results new business

Stereotypes are attractively dangerous, so let's start with two. B2C organisations understand the value of branding, positioning, promotions, etc B2B organisations call this "the fluffy stuff". Actually these stereotypes are not always, even often, true. Tehcna Thermoplastic Innovations (formerly Tehcna Manufacturing Inc.) is a B2B injection molding...

Genuine caring happens all the time.

For most of Canada October is the month for breasts, and November is the month for prostates. Mul-T-Lock Canada is taking a different approach. November is the launch of their Breast Cancer awareness campaign, and will run through select dealers until the end of the year....

New media: we’re all drowning in content

My passion is flying. On weekends I get a thrill hopping into a little Cessna and wandering around the countryside at 4,000 feet. I wanted to share my passion with aspiring pilots, so in the summer I started a blog. From working with our clients I've...

Mindcamp

Mindcamp is an annual get-together for creative professionals held just North of Toronto. This year I facilitated a collaborative workshop on creative video to encourage participants to learn how to capitalize on this rapidly advancing mode of communication. We created this short video that answers...

Digital selection: red in bits and bytes

In its relentless march towards creating personalised search results for Internet users, Google has now released Google Instant in select countries. Google Instant is a "search enhancement that shows results as you type." It appears to be an advanced form of the existing search auto-complete. To some...