Adliterate has been delivering radical thinking for the brand advice business for over a decade. It is concerned with the future of advertising and marketing, the impact of technology and the nature of potent brands. It takes a radical view in order to solve deep seated problems and it sets its self against orthodoxy in any form. It also aims to be deliberately provocative.

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The adliterate address 2008

Greetings adliterate readers everywhere and a belated happy New Year.

I'm not in the habit of writing self referential posts but a little bit of an agenda for the year never goes amiss.

2008 marks the third year in the life of this website, starting as it did in March 2005. And my sincere hope is that...

Wisdom must be caught not taught

I'm in love with the aphoristic form as you well know. And I think they are extremely handy in our business. Certainly in persuading people of a point of view or course of action - such as David Ogilvy's why keep a dog and bark yourself, or Bill Bernbach's we must stop believing in what...

Blogging goes mainstream

For a while now Todd Andrlick has been compiling a weekly ranking of Marketing blogs called the Power 150. Earlier this year he expanded it outside the US to create a Global Power 150, and for the first time blogs like Russell's, John's, Gavin's,James' and mine got included.

So authoritative...

Now thats what I call collective intelligence

A while ago Gavin Heaton and Drew Mc Lellan asked a bunch of us bloggers to contribute to an e-book about the Age of Conversation. We were each to contribute a chapter of 400 words about our take on the subject. As more people got excited about the project...

The pen is mightier than the trackpad

I know this is way off topic but I can't help myself.

I got given a Wacom tablet for my birthday recently and I think I am in love.

It looks fantastic, its brilliant for drawing and as a way to zip around the screen it kicks seven types of shit out of my trackpad....

Book review – Ad Land by Mark Tungate

One of the more unfortunate characteristics of the advertising business is that every generation believes itself to be the first.

Adliterate is back

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That bridge shot from the Marin Headlands as the fog rushes into the bay. Image courtesy of John Curley

Been on my hols in the extraordinary and beautiful San Francisco. Clearly unable to post while in a California state of mind on account of feeling too damn nice...

Future Marketing Summit scaled

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Hillary and Tenzing enjoying a hearty cup of beef tea while scaling their own summit. Image courtesy of bernard-Voyer.com

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of chair in a panel session on technology at the Future Marketing Summit in London. With me were Steve Henry (creative legend and ex-employer),...

Dynamic micro brands

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The Swallow tailed hummingbird. Like most dynamic micro brands they are small agile and very fast. Image courtesy of Flavio Cruvinel Brandao

So, I have been obsessing recently about cool and funky little brands like Method, Hendricks, Riverford Organic Vegetables, Dorset Cereals, Good Energy and the like.

And I thought I...

The Brand Catwalk – Dorset Cereals

134375720_cc0affb2ea.jpg Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, Dorset. Location for THAT ad. Image courtesy of Andy Latt

I don't know what I love most about the uber premium breakfast cereal brand, Dorset Cereals - the idea, the product, the packaging or the online experience. So you are just going to have to endure...

The Brand Catwalk – Good Energy

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Brands help businesses fight the inexorable drift towards commoditisation - the point at which consumers can't tell the difference between the offerings in the marketplace and can only choose on price.

And you don't get much more...

The Brand Catwalk – NaCo

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NaCo - making it cool to be uncool

So far every dynamic little micro brand I have sent down the catwalk has been from the UK or US.

So next up is a brand that has become a cult fashion label in Mexico City - NaCo. Set up in 2001 by Robby...
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