Jun 022015
 

I read with great interest the Branding Strategy Insider discussion of Watts’s theory that “trends break out when they intersect with ‘a critical mass of easily influenced people.’”

Some years back, I worked on a political project that crafted an avant-garde, a cadre. The results are discussed here:
https://web.archive.org/web/20131109182030/http://www.bretschundler.org/campaignsandelections0801.shtml

The intent was to form a group that would receive, amplify and transmit a message in the same way that a radio signal is propagated through the ionosphere. This approach implemented and melded both the General Opinion and Opinion Leader concepts. The network that we put together already was amenable to our message. Likely prospects were invited to attend talks and then were invited to provide contact information for more information and future events. The subsequent emails (or phone calls) at the very least contained talking points. Often — and increasingly so as election day approached — there was a call to action — provide the names and email addresses of like-minded family and friends and email/phone individuals in your personal circle who share the same ideas. In this way, the network was self-replicating with each of the members soon becoming the center of their own set of followers who were not in direct communication with the campaign.

From a distance, my impression is that Procter and Gamble does something very similar with their Tremor.

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Oct 022014
 

And you thought all that “reptilian brain” (Which it really isn’t. The “reptilian brain” controls heart rate, breathing and temperature regulation. It’s the limbic brain — an innovation of mammals — that’s involved with emotions.) stuff was like cutting-edge?

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After getting fired from his academic post at Johns Hopkins, Watson began working for one of the biggest advertising agencies in New York City, J. Walter Thompson. (He was dismissed for his scandalous divorce. Short story: He fell in love with a graduate student while he was married to a woman who was one of his undergraduate students 17 years earlier.)

He believed that in order for advertising to be effective, it should appeal to three innate emotions: love, fear and rage.
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http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2011/02/15/the-psychology-of-advertising/

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Oct 012014
 

Jersey City Free Books seeks to partner with brands and marketing agencies by distributing product samples, coupons and promotional items.

The Jersey City Free Books Facebook Page has well over 4,600 Likes. Many people — reflecting the entire range of Jersey City demographics — visit the physical location each week.

We want to work with you! Those eager to participate can email anthony.olszewski@gmail.com

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Jersey City Free Books
297 Griffith St.
Jersey City, NJ 07307

Jersey City Free Books is a community book store that provides something to read without charge, obligation,registration or indoctrination. Jersey City Free Books serves seniors, students, the unemployed and working families.

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Sep 182014
 

It is clear that telegraph, by providing a wide sweep of instant information, could reveal meteorological patterns of force quite beyond observation by pre-electric man.

Understanding Media (Telegraph)
Marshall McLuhan, 1964

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Pharisees and Sadducees Seek a Sign
(Mark 8:11-13; Luke 12:54-56)

1The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 4A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.

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An old adage at IBM is: “Information overload equals pattern recognition.” At instant speed the hidden becomes plain to see.

“Information overload equals pattern recognition.” Media Ad-vice: An Introduction by Marshall McLuhan

Introduction to Subliminal Seduction By Wilson Bryan Key

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You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.

Bob Dylan

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