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Patrick T. Davis

Responsible for vision and strategy of the firm and its clients, Mr. Davis bridges a broad range of disciplines, from economics to semantics.  He works across North America, Europe and the Middle East, combining cultural insights for practical application. His book, The Semantic Marketplace: The Age of Brand Meaning and Malleability, is forthcoming.  He writes about emerging industry issues, brand capital and social media for Unbound Edition.

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Marissa Mayer Brings Brand Capital to Yahoo

Marissa Mayer Brings Brand Capital to Yahoo

Monday, July 16, 2012

Marissa Mayer's move to Yahoo as CEO made me reexamine the question of personal brands. I maintain my position: they don't exist in any meaningful way. They are just (not terribly) fancy jargon for bloggers. What Mayer brings to Yahoo is not her personal brand, but the brand capital of Google.

StandUp: Can a Sports Brand Unite Gays and Straights?

StandUp: Can a Sports Brand Unite Gays and Straights?

Monday, July 9, 2012

The LGBT equality movement has entered the mainstream. Now that we are here, I think there is a new type of work to do. As a long-time brand strategist for some of the world's leading companies, I believe our next steps are in the consumer marketplace. We must unlock the full power of influential marketers, going beyond sponsorships alone.

JC Penney and the Courage of Relevance

JC Penney and the Courage of Relevance

Friday, June 1, 2012

In what can be described only as a singularly courageous move, the new JCPenney unveiled a Father's Day ad featuring real-life gay dads Todd Koch and Cooper Smith, and their children, Claire and Mason. It is widely considered a direct response to the failed hysteria of the "Million Moms" boycott of the retailer after it named Ellen DeGeneres its spokesperson. And, indeed, this read of events is likely. Something more is going on, though. The ailing retailer has found the courage to be relevant, and with bold social intent.

How Google Will Shape CMO Strategy

How Google Will Shape CMO Strategy

Monday, April 9, 2012

The ultimate proactivity of the Web is the semantic future of marketing. Every interaction is about data, and with enough of it, predictive analytics are possible. Is Big Data simply an idea to you - or do you have a plan to activate around information?

Coupon, If You Dare

Coupon, If You Dare

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The endless-loop news of Groupon's financial bleeding — largely self-inflicted — brings no joy to those who thought they were on to the next big thing. As Sunday's New York Times points out, the daily-discount site was all-too recently offered a stunning $6 billion from Google, but the time-tested combination of corporate hubris, greed and flimsy accounting got in the way of all of that.

The Market Made Me Do It

The Market Made Me Do It

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Slate's insightful piece by Annie Lowrey, "Readers Without Borders," highlights one of the most cringe-worthy excuses for failure: the marketplace.

Real-Life in Dialogue: Does Open Innovation Work?

Real-Life in Dialogue: Does Open Innovation Work?

Monday, March 28, 2011

Unbound Edition today launches a new type of marketing interview: one focused on the struggles of bringing great ideas to market, not just recounting the successes of a few big winners. Our belief is there might be more to learn -- and share -- when talking about the roadblocks to “obvious” successes than merely celebrating them after the fact. We think even Starbuck’s CEO, Howard Schultz, might agree, having recently pondered why his next big hit, the Sorbetto, fell flat with consumers. Our first subject: an alternative flour that has made its way into big food companies but not yet to store shelves.

Perspectives on The Decision: We Needed a New King

Perspectives on The Decision: We Needed a New King

Friday, July 9, 2010

LeBron could manage and leverage his announcement as he did not just because of his remarkable talent...not just because of the dynamics and finances of the trade...not just because powerhouse stars can now "go direct" to fans. He could do so because our present cultural moment requires a new king, an elevated god, and triumphant hero.

Ashton Kutcher, Studio Boss: Brand Building in the Post-Agency Era

Ashton Kutcher, Studio Boss: Brand Building in the Post-Agency Era

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ashton Kutcher is a figure I find so unsavory that it is difficult for me to see him as worthy of anything other than endorsing POS Clothing. He is the "dude" who stays at the party an hour too long, holding court and announcing his own coolness long after others have started to yawn. Image is hard to change. That said, the man is not stupid, and very well may be ahead of the pack in terms of social media and brand endorsements. His innovative partnership with Popchips, Inc. proves the point well enough. Kutcher built his fame on mild talent, good looks, and a variety of attention-grabbing stunts (whether via Punk'd or geriatric marriage). His cultural relevance, though, came through a carefully engineered drive to be the first person to have 1 million followers on Twitter (@aplusk now broadcasts in real-time to more than 5 million people). Mr. Kutcher saw what other stars -- and major brands -- have missed: that building an audience and managing a direct relationship with it is the way forward. Notably, his work with Popchips does not involve MadAve's services. It is the latest example in what I've written about as the the trend toward post-agency markets.

BP: Crowdsourced Rebranding as Crisis Response

BP: Crowdsourced Rebranding as Crisis Response

Friday, May 7, 2010

When BP rebranded itself a few years back, it did so in a way that made the redefinition of its initials an overt gesture: "British Petroleum" would now stand for "Beyond Petroleum." In other words, we were asked and empowered to reimagine what "BP" means.

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