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Targeted Advertising: Gaining Ground for Branding Campaigns
August 7, 2012

To-date, branding has often been associated with billboards, magazine spreads and million-dollar TV spots. In online advertising, this translates to large media buys with premium publishers, including spots such as site sponsorships and homepage takeovers. However, where do data and ad targeting fit into the branding equation? Is there a place for branding campaigns within the world of ad targeting and real-time media buying? The answer is yes. Large brands such as Proctor & Gamble (P&G) and Unilever have already commented publicly

Procter & Gamble Bans Use of Pandora, Netflix for Employees
April 3, 2012

When you're trying to digitize almost everything you do, like Procter & Gamble, apparently there's no room for digitizing goofing off. So P&G has shut down access to Pandora and Netflix for its 129,000 or so employees globally. "Those are not business critical," said P&G spokesman Paul Fox of Pandora and Netflix. He said the move was necessitated by the growing drain such sites put on P&G's bandwidth at a time the company is investing more in cloud-based applications to do its real work. 

Facebook’s $5 Billion IPO: The Next Google? Or the Next Groupon?
February 2, 2012

On Wednesday, Facebook filed the prospectus for its initial public offering. The social giant seeks to raise $5 billion in initial funding. That’s in line with some of the largest IPOs in technology history, and it comes eight years after the company was first launched in the Harvard dorm room of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. According to the company’s IPO filing, in 2011, it recorded revenue of $3.7 billion, operating income of $1.75 billion, and net income of $1 billion.

P&G Tries Facebook Commerce Again With New Platform, Talks to Wal-Mart About Joining
June 10, 2011

Procter & Gamble (P&G) is taking another plunge into Facebook commerce with a new platform and an effort to bring new retailers on board after scrapping an earlier effort using Amazon as a fulfillment partner. P&G quietly has added "shop" or "shop now" buttons to Facebook fan pages of several brands in recent weeks, including Tide, Gillette, Olay, Gain, CoverGirl, Luvs and Febreze, with several more expected to come online in the weeks ahead.

MySpace Tests In-Stream Ad Unit
February 24, 2010

MySpace has quietly begun testing a new "In-Stream" ad unit, an ad that appears directly within a user’s personal "stream" of friend activities and status updates.

The new placement debuted on Feb. 10, with Coke offering fans a free download of the Selena Gomez song Naturally. Later that week, Proctor & Gamble used the In-Stream ad to offer samples to women of  Scope Outlast mouthwash and a free Crest Extra White Plus Scope Outlast Toothpaste.

Clean Sweep
August 1, 2009

It’s fair to say we all have a place either in our homes or offices that we hope others won’t see. Whether it’s a crammed closet, junk drawer, three-car garage with no cars in it, musty attic boxes or sagging basement shelves, we all have some place that doesn’t pass Martha Stewart muster. We have just accumulated too much stuff.

Commentary: Your Printer, Your Multimedia Solutions Provider
February 18, 2009

When will the economy start to turn around? What will get my business turned around quickly? Where can I get the help I need? These are some of the questions that every business owner or manager is asking right now. And the answers are tough to find. Very few, if any of us, have ever experienced the economic tsunami that we now are facing.

Studies in Command-2: Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody
December 4, 2008

Last June 30, on my daily travels through the Internet, a story smacked me in the nose: “Commanding Role for Women in the Military,” was the headline of Rachel L. Swarns’ New York Times article. The lede: WASHINGTON - For more than a decade, Lt. General Ann E. Dunwoody has delighted in leaping through the doors of military planes and plunging into the night with a parachute on her back.

A master parachutist and a former battalion commander, Gen. Dunwoody handled logistics for the 82nd Airborne Division in Saudi Arabia during the first gulf war. As a three-star general, she has flown to Afghanistan and Iraq to ensure the steady flow of ammunition, tanks and fuel to the troops.

But one of the biggest joys of her 33-year military career has been jumping out of airplanes and into roles previously unimaginable to generations of women in the Army. Last week, President Bush asked General Dunwoody to take over a new Army command as a four-star general. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman in the armed services to achieve that rank.

“A woman four-star general,” I thought. “WOW!”

I was a two-year draftee in 1958-1960. I thought the Army was great.

I think it’s even better now that it has its first woman four-star general.