Journalism

I've written 300+ essays about innovation, communications and culture for Forbes and Advertising Age over the past decade. Previously, I wrote about brands & technology for Information Week, and my work has appeared in Fast Company and Entrepreneur.

Currently, I'm exploring the idea of customer 'ownership' of brands through a weekly podcast (The Brand Populist), and researching the intersections of tech, business, and culture (A Cross of Silicon).

A comprehensive and updated collection of links follows below:

Could Nestlé Disrupt Its Brands?

With Nestlé facing pressure to break up the company and a CPG market that is no longer obediently accepting of its practices, its CEO is committed to buying and promoting the val...

Corporate Values Are Worthless

Corporate values are all the rage these days. They’re worthless unless companies are willing to sacrifice for them. I say this because it’s just too easy to spend money, espec...

I Kinda Like The New Best Buy Ad

I kinda like Best Buy’s new ad campaign focused on its employees as problem solvers. I wish they’d gone further. A 30-second TV spot entitled “Talk the Talk” has a politic...

I’m Ready To Lead WPP

With Sir Martin Sorrell gone from the integrated marketing services company he assembled and led for over 30 years, there’s talk that it’ll be broken up in the face of competit...

The NRA Just Became Irrelevant

Last weekend’s marches against gun violence elevated the conversation past the deflection and vitriol of the NRA. Ex-politician Rick Santorum revealed the emptiness of that “...

Don’t Blame Amazon

Toys “R” Us is closing its stores, and most analyses blame Amazon and online retailing generally. The explanations are misdirected and, at best, incomplete. Three trends combi...

Sugary Drinks Aren’t Cigarettes

In the UK, Coca-Cola has brought more than 100,000 school kids to visit its manufacturing and recycling plants, and it funds an annual business competition that has touched 390,000...

CES: The Festival of Frivolity

Olivia Solon just wrote a brilliant piece in The Guardian about the inanity of the Consumer Electronics Show. I worry the situation may even be more dire than she suggests. So...

A Presidential Body Cam

The goal of an activist’s failed attempt to scam the Washington Post into sourcing a bogus story was to make people think any news it published could be “fake.” Instead...

Do Logos Matter Anymore?

A recent study asked people to draw logos of well-known brands from memory. Most of them failed, but does it matter? The study, which prompted drawings that ranged from nutty my-f...

Two-Faced Brands

Comcast’s marketers want customers to choose its offers while its government affairs team tries to limit their choices. Can brands really have it both ways? This cognitive disso...

Economic Myths

The latest tax bill under consideration in Washington supposes that money saved by companies will create jobs and improve wages. A sympathetic interest group called the Tax Foun...

Knee-Jerk Capitalism

Almost a quarter of millennials have a favorable view of Karl Marx, and one MarketWatch writer thinks Donald Trump Jr. needs to educate them on the evils of socialism. A survey...

I Love These Ads

The LA Metro is running PSAs that look like Japanese commercials. The spots are insane, and I love them. The three spots feature a girl who transforms into a superhero — S...

McDonald’s Is Doomed

I eat at McDonald's now and then, and I like it. But last week's news that it's working on tech for "the restaurant of the future" tells me it's doomed. Publicis.Sapient and C...