When you’re trying something new, you’re in a very vulnerable place. You’re not even sure if it’s the right thing to do. Ramit Sethi on Google Talks

Snap judgments and rapid decisions often lead to poor work. The ability to stand back from your thinking and give it what we call ‘the overnight test’ is essential. Unfortunately, we live in a world today that too… Read More

We live in an age with daunting problems. We need the best ideas; we need them now; we need them to spread fast. The common good is a meme that was overwhelmed by intellectual property. Everything is a… Read More

Burn your business cards. Whenever we introduce ourselves to another person, we usually lead with our title – whether it’s on our business card or what we claim ourselves to be. In fact we’re robbing ourselves of some… Read More

In advertising, the best partnerships are usually those formed between art director and writer. The reason for this is in their job titles: Art directors think visually. Writers think in terms of narrative. Hegarty on Creativity by Sir John… Read More

Recognizing that brands aren’t simply built upon exclusive loyalty but are highly dependent on vast numbers of light, polygamous buyers – and that growth comes from acquiring more of them, not increasingly the loyalty of current buyers –… Read More

At the foundation of any great idea is the truth, and the most powerful force of creativity. Hegarty on Creativity by Sir John Hegaty of BBH

There are plenty of people who are not very good web developers and not even necessarily good web designers, but they’re good at using the tools available to them, and if their design and message are good enough… Read More

We draw conclusions based upon how the information is presented—not the actual information itself. An ad for cream cheese that states 95% fat free is more likely to convince us than one that says it contains 5% fat…. Read More

When people buy T-shirts just for the logo on it, it shows how much people care for that brand – and is another source of revenue for the company. Brand Jam by Marc Gobé

One of the greatest threats we face is simply put – bullshit. We’re drowning in it. We’re drowning in rhetoric that is just true enough not to be a lie. Bob Hoffman on The Golden Age of Bullshit citing speechwriter John… Read More

Don’t confuse innovation with novelty. You may have successfully designed the latest shiny object for people to get excited about…at least until a new shiny object came out. And that’s the reason product features are more a novelty… Read More

Advertising today seems less interested in psychology and the social sciences than it was in the era of the early Mad Men episodes. This seems absurd to me. 44. Rory Sutherland, Vice-Chairman of Ogilvy

The people LEAST likely to engage deeply are the MOST important for growth. There is a way out of this paradox. But it requires us to embrace two principles: 1) Battle for interest, not attention 2)Fans are actors,… Read More

One of the great problems of (advertising) is how oblivious we are to our own prejudices and our own illogical behaviors. We seem to be able to recognize it in everyone but ourselves. Bob Hoffman on The Golden Age of… Read More

Any great work, regardless of medium, is almost certainly expressing a distinct point of view. But if that point of view doesn’t contain a truth, then you can bet that the work’s impact will be fleeting. Hegarty on… Read More

Moments of discovery are often accompanied by surprised laughter; when I heard laughter he could took it as a cue that there might be something going on that was worth looking at. Consumer.ology by Philip Graves citing former dean… Read More

Rather than simply stating the facts most advertisers typically embed their message into creative contextual devices that evoke feelings and bypass rational resistance. This is why advertisers use stories, poems, slogans, songs, jokes, pictures, symbols, characters, roles, and… Read More

Laughter itself is a very useful behavioral reference point. Most people can distinguish genuine laughter from artificially forced good humor if they put their mind to it. Consumer.ology by Philip Graves

Running a crowdfunding campaign isn’t just sitting back and watching money come in – it’s a full time job in itself. You have so much to handle because you have to simultaneously manage all aspects of the project… Read More