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Obfuscation for idiots: jargon and the end game

The enemy shall be known by the name ... People-who-have-to-use-big-words-to-sound-smart-even-in-marketing-copy-where-the-point-should-be-to-sell-rather-than-to-be-liked.

Truth in advertising, and other delusions

There's an old saying that goes: There are two things in this world that you would never consume if you saw how they were really made: laws and sausages. Perhaps marketing campaigns should be added to that list, if this bitingly satirical clip is anywhere near the truth.

How to use human selfishness to fire up your marketing

Effective marketing design requires more than just technical knowledge and an eye for what is beautiful or attractive. How a design can effectively engage the mind and influence human behaviour is far more important than simple aesthetics.

Crowdsourcing crisis: Should ‘Idea Bounty’ be renamed ‘Discount Idea Store’?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here at Anthill, we've taken a particular interest in the evolving concept of crowdsourcing, and specifically the growing practice of companies sourcing creative ideas and designs from the crowd online. Crowdsourcing is a bone of contention in the Anthill community. For yet another view, here we publish the thoughts of Paul Cornwell, Partner at creative agency BCM Partnership, on Unilever's recent use of crowdsourcing website Idea Bounty to source creative ideas for its Peperami brand.

Crowdsourcing crisis: Should 'Idea Bounty' be renamed 'Discount Idea Store'?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here at Anthill, we've taken a particular interest in the evolving concept of crowdsourcing, and specifically the growing practice of companies sourcing creative ideas and designs from the crowd online. Crowdsourcing is a bone of contention in the Anthill community. For yet another view, here we publish the thoughts of Paul Cornwell, Partner at creative agency BCM Partnership, on Unilever's recent use of crowdsourcing website Idea Bounty to source creative ideas for its Peperami brand.

Why I think our latest online marketing ‘experiment’ is not working

I offered to provide updates on what has ‘worked’ (and what hasn’t) in terms of technology, marketing fundamentals and, most importantly, the campaign's viral effectiveness (i.e. it's ability to self-perpetuate). So, what viral benefits has this item of social media marketing achieved so far? Hmmm... well... without beating around the bush... the simple answer is... Almost none.

Why I think our latest online marketing 'experiment' is not working

I offered to provide updates on what has ‘worked’ (and what hasn’t) in terms of technology, marketing fundamentals and, most importantly, the campaign's viral effectiveness (i.e. it's ability to self-perpetuate). So, what viral benefits has this item of social media marketing achieved so far? Hmmm... well... without beating around the bush... the simple answer is... Almost none.

October is ‘Online Marketing Month’ at Anthill

This month, we have decided to explore the many facets of online marketing - from web development to the application of social media channels. For want of a better name, we’re calling this exercise Online Marketing Month. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be bringing you a range of opinions, articles and 'experiments' on this topic, culminating in an evening seminar and half-day workshop, to be held in collaboration with Design Victoria (aptly titled ‘Online Marketing by Design’).

October is 'Online Marketing Month' at Anthill

This month, we have decided to explore the many facets of online marketing - from web development to the application of social media channels. For want of a better name, we’re calling this exercise Online Marketing Month. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be bringing you a range of opinions, articles and 'experiments' on this topic, culminating in an evening seminar and half-day workshop, to be held in collaboration with Design Victoria (aptly titled ‘Online Marketing by Design’).

Spell your company name with funky Flickr letters

Remember the random cut and paste lettering of ransom notes from old movies and cop shows? Well, here's a cool API mashup that takes letters in various styles and fonts from Flickr so that you can spell your name, your company name, your friend's, spouse's, pet's names like any respectable cartoon villain.

Online Marketing by Design (Seminar)

Success in online marketing requires excellence in two areas – an understanding of the ‘purpose’ and ‘personality’ of any given project. ‘Online Marketing by Design’ will draw on the experiences of real business owners and creative professionals to determine what constitutes well designed and commercially effective online marketing.

Words don’t do this mobile technology justice. Just watch.

Imagine that you are walking down the street with your mobile phone in hand and you'd like to know what is going on in your neck of the woods. You can now hold up your phone and, using your mobile phone's camera, see "tags" overlaid onto whatever you’re looking at. For example, you might observe a "Two for one coffer offer - Joe's Coffee." Or "Art Gallery Opening Today."

Political commentary, Cameron Reilly style (and moonwalking bears)

Social media maven and general rabble-rouser Cameron Reilly posted the following political observation on his Facebook Page earlier today, under the earnest heading "Obama's Health Care Explained."

New movie on advertising has audiences 'by the balls'

Marketing and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. How else does one convince an investor to back a product that doesn't exist yet? The new documentary film 'Art and Copy', by Doug Pray examines advertising, creativity and inspiration and how effective and accurate pitching can sell just about anything.

New movie on advertising has audiences ‘by the balls’

Marketing and entrepreneurship go hand in hand. How else does one convince an investor to back a product that doesn't exist yet? The new documentary film 'Art and Copy', by Doug Pray examines advertising, creativity and inspiration and how effective and accurate pitching can sell just about anything.

Is raising capital from your customers a smart move?

While most new technology developers will spend months chasing down angel investors and cold calling VCs, often with the randomness of a headless chook, without too much planning or forethought (much to the potential investor's frustration), sometimes the safest money is already right under their noses. It's called 'strategic capital' or 'smart money' (or a mix of the two).

In search of a tagline, Oodles.com offers the Twittersphere a $1,000 prize

To coincide with today's relaunch of the oodles.com website, Sherlock and his team are inviting Twitter users to suggest a tagline for their online car rental platform. The author of the winning tweet tagline (twagline?) as chosen by Oodles staff will receive $1,000 cash.

The top 10 greatest Australian television commercials ever

One more round of beers and I'd pulled out my notepad and we were brainstorming the Top 10 Greatest Australian Television Commercials Ever.

Marketing video gone viral? Make YouTube your company's homepage!

You might remember a great marketing video by US creative agency BooneOakley we posted on Anthill TV a couple of months ago. At the time, we held it up as a model for how to market yourself online. Well that video spread across the globe like, well, a virus. In fact, it has worked so well for BooneOakley that they took the interesting step of making their homepage - www.booneoakley.com - redirect to the video's YouTube page. The YouTube video is designed like a web page and contains clickable links that take you to other videos by the team (portfolio work, news & bios, contact details).

Marketing video gone viral? Make YouTube your company’s homepage!

You might remember a great marketing video by US creative agency BooneOakley we posted on Anthill TV a couple of months ago. At the time, we held it up as a model for how to market yourself online. Well that video spread across the globe like, well, a virus. In fact, it has worked so well for BooneOakley that they took the interesting step of making their homepage - www.booneoakley.com - redirect to the video's YouTube page. The YouTube video is designed like a web page and contains clickable links that take you to other videos by the team (portfolio work, news & bios, contact details).

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5 Ways to get more out of your coffee shop meetings...

Far too much time is wasted in coffee shop meetings. More often than not, the conversation falls off topic, interruptions cause distractions and, before you know it, the meeting is over and you’ve achieved nothing. That’s what Antony Gaddie calls a Coffee and Doughnut meeting. You get a coffee and… zero. He’s the founder of Green Ant Marketing and he shared with us (over coffee) five things that you can do to help you make the most of your coffee shop meetings.

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New Zealand’s Xero eyes US IPO, further disruption as subscribers increase...

Xero recently held its annual meeting in Wellington, during which the company revealed some interesting details about its future. As has been widely suspected, the...

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