Posts from the “Marketing” Category

It’s Competitive

Posted on April 28, 2017


Everything is competitive. Not in the sports sense with winners, losers and a score. Competitive in the sense of alternatives. When a team tells me their deal is sole-sourced, there is no competition for their client, or this is the only option, I’m very skeptical. Do nothing is an alternative. Tomorrow is an alternative. Doing it alone is an alternative. There’s a varied sequence to 1) yes, I need something, 2) yes, I need it now, 3) yes, I will pay for it, 4) yes, I’ll buy it from you. *

Glass Walls (or None)

Posted on August 27, 2016


Walking through an airport parking facility this week, I passed a large glass wall facing the processing area for returned rental cars. Concrete islands of vacuum equipment, trash cans and cleaning supplies stood a few inches above wet pavement and years of scuffing. Tossed to the side of one car I noticed a child’s car seat – the type rented out – face down in the muck of course. Because who would ever see it? Later in the week, I walked a stairwell in a luxury hotel – passing discarded cigarettes, food wrappers, and harsh lighting – on my way to the fitness center. It was a stark contrast to the meticulously planned and conditioned lobby infused with trendy music and that customized fragrance. Because everyone takes the…


Posted on April 23, 2016


Of what are you convincing me? It is faster/cheaper/better Others have it It suits me This is how to get it I need help You’ve done this before You can help me Now is a good time Before the path, the help or the customization, you must move me beyond the do nothing option. No pain, no change. *

agnès b. on advertising

Posted on January 8, 2016


“We never advertised, and still don’t, which was part of my philosophy from the very beginning. I was on the streets of Paris in 1968 during the student protests, when they were saying advertising was like manipulation of the people, and statements like that have marked me forever. Luckily, we never needed to place adverts in magazines, because straight away, the media found something new in my work. We were supported by the press naturally and clearly – without ever having to pay for it.” –agnès b. as quoted in Inventory *