Old Spice has been around since 1937, but how has the brand been able to stay current with a new generation? Its successful marketing campaigns have become legend, leading to a massive increase in sales.
The ad agency responsible for the campaign keeps it going – by appealing to women, not men, just like the original Old Spice ads did in the 1930’s.
Learn how to take your freelance career to the next level by leveling up into a content marketing agency.
Agencies come in all sizes, from the boutique shops where the owner knows all the clients’ names (like ours) to supersized teams that number in the hundreds or thousands. If you’re a successful freelance writer, you’ve probably worked for several agencies in addition to partnering directly with clients. In some cases, it can be a smooth relationship, while others create a rocky road.
If you’re a strong writer who finds yourself turning down assignments because you’re getting more requests than you can handle, you might start thinking about whether it makes sense to scale up and start an agency of your own.
If you want to ever take a relaxing, fully-off-the-grid vacation? I’d probably think again.
But if you’re comfortable with taking on the stress of juggling a few dozen projects a day for the benefits of building a business on your own terms, here’s my cheat sheet with 11 tips (one for every year we’ve been in business):
Here’s a guide on how to prevent and protect yourself against the threat of hackers taking over your phone number and going after your online accounts.
Criminal hackers have been targeting Instagram users with short or unique usernames, as well as people who own Bitcoin. To steal the victim’s accounts or cryptocurrencies, the hackers first seize the cell phone numbers of targets, which gives them the ability to reset passwords on any account linked to a given number.
This kind of hack is what’s called a port out scam—an expression derived from the concept of porting a number from one carrier to another—and is also known as SIM swapping or hijacking.
Ultimately, this hack relies on scammers tricking carrier’s tech support, and if the company’s representatives take the bait, it’s important to remember that there’s only so much you can do.
Technology stocks fell again on Monday and deepened their steep losses from the end of last week that saw shares of social media companies Facebook and Twitter plunge around 20% each in a single day. By Monday, even once-mighty Netflix seemed weak in the knees, with the streaming media darling down almost 6% in mid-day trading.
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Reed Hastings (Netflix), Jack Dorsey (Twitter)
It’s a sharp turnaround for a group that had long been the stock market’s undisputed leader.
Tech stocks in the S&P 500 slumped 1.7 percent Monday for the sharpest loss among the 11 sectors that make up the index. It follows a rough week for the tech industry after earnings reports from Facebook and Twitter raised concerns about their growth and sent their shares plummeting.
Twitter dropped 5.8 percent Monday to $32.16, following its 20.5 percent plunge on Friday. Facebook was down 4.5 percent Monday to around $167 after shares fell 19% last Thursday for a stunning $119 billion drop in market value that was the biggest one-day loss in Wall Street history.
Netflix was down 5.7% Monday to $335.25 per share — some 20% below a recent high of $419 a share on July 9.
Social media and movie companies (Netflix, Amazon) are alienating at least half of their customer base with their business practices and politics. No business can afford to antagonize half of the market and expect to grow.
Amazon is more diversified so they aren’t feeling the hit as much, yet…. But when more customers discover and understand the counterfeit product problem Amazon has – yes, I’ve unfortunately and unknowingly purchased some (the reviews aren’t always the truth) – then Amazon stock has a chance to wilt too….
See my latest weekly news broadcast that leads off with active-shooter police and paramedic training in the Palm Beach Public School. Officers are trained to go in alone and take out the threat and not wait for backup that’s on the way. Yes, the officers did catch some rounds from the bad guys. Would you have the guts to go?
Civic Association News – R. Michael Brown, Writer | Producer [3:56]
From R. Michael Brown [@rmikebrown] — I’ve been a cord cutter since 2004. I found as a writer and video producer that the standard cable and satellite content was following a usual formula [like disparaging heterosexual men – network TV’s favorite punching bag] and more and more outrageous for no other reason other than a never-ending quest to get more eyeballs.
I didn’t want my kids watching any of it. Books and Internet content was more entertaining and informative, and I had more control over it, so I cut the cord.
Cord-Cutting Keeps Churning: U.S. Pay-TV Cancelers to Hit 33 Million in 2018 (Study) By Todd Spangler [@xpangler] (Variety)
Have you recently pulled the plug on cable or satellite TV? You’re not alone: Millions of Americans have already scrapped traditional pay-TV service, and the exodus is expected to continue apace in 2018 — even faster than previously expected.
This year, the number of cord-cutters in the U.S. — consumers who have ever cancelled traditional pay-TV service and do not resubscribe — will climb 32.8%, to 33.0 million adults, according to new estimates from research firm eMarketer. That’s compared with a total of 24.9 million cord-cutters as of the end of 2017, which was up 43.6% year over year (and an upward revision from eMarketer’s previous 22 million estimate).
That said, even as the traditional pay-TV universe shrinks, the number of viewers accessing over-the-top, internet-delivered video services keeps growing. About 147.5 million people in the U.S. watch Netflix at least once per month, according to eMarketer’s July 2018 estimates. That’s followed by Amazon Prime Video (88.7 million), Hulu (55 million), HBO Now (17.1 million) and Dish’s Sling TV (6.8 million).
SpotAngels, an app that uses crowdsourced data to help drivers find parking and avoid tickets, has raised $2.3 million from a group of investors that includes Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen.
Luc Vincent, the former head of Google Street View and vice president of engineering at Lyft, as well as Y Combinator, Streamlined Ventures and Via ID also invested in the round.
The startup plans to use the funding to expand to other U.S. cities and improve its free mobile app, including a new “predicted availability” feature that it hopes to launch later this year. The new feature allows drivers to know what the odds are of finding a spot in any given area before heading there.
The existing app works like a network — the more users, the better the intel. Once a user installs the app, it can provide real-time data to the greater SpotAngels community. The app, which uses the car’s Bluetooth connection or phone motion sensors, knows when the user’s vehicle is parking or leaving a spot.