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AI and Productivity cartoon

AI and Productivity

“Maybe AI will help you work. But more likely, you’ll be working for AI.”  Ian Bogost made this observation a few months ago in the Atlantic, and it stuck with me.  As organizations scramble to incorporate AI, no one knows quite how AI will impact the future of work.  Will productivity gains be offset by, as Ian Bogost put it,… Read More

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Push Notification Fatigue cartoon

Push Notification Fatigue

Braze recently reported that the average smartphone user receives over 40 push notifications a day.  The Atlantic pegged the daily number of push notifications even higher, between 50 and 80. Here’s how Atlantic staff writer Amanda Mull categorized push notifications last week: “Push notifications may indeed be the smartphone’s defining feature. They are, if nothing else, a perfect avatar of… Read More

Media Context cartoon

Media Context and Brand Suitability

Where an ad appears can sometimes communicate more than the ad itself. Keith Browning, LinkedIn’s brand marketing global lead, shared an interesting analogy a few years ago on the relative importance of content and context.  He recounted an experiment by Joshua Bell, one of the top violinists in the world. One day, Joshua stepped onto a metro stop in DC… Read More

Digital Upskilling cartoon

Digital Upskilling

Thorsten Strauss recently sent a funny observation to me that “ the Prompt Engineer is the new Growth Hacker.” The AI Prompt Engineer is suddenly an in-demand job, as organizations scramble how to work with generative AI. Insider recently reported salaries up to $375k for prompt engineers, even for those without a tech background. It’s currently a seller’s market and… Read More

Social Listening cartoon

Social Listening and Consumer Insights

“The plural of anecdote is not data,” the old aphorism goes.  I think the inverse is also interesting: “The singular of data is not anecdote.”  Marcus Collins, Head of Strategy at Wieden+Kennedy New York, made the following observation a couple years ago: “Though the amount of data available to marketers has increased exponentially over time, our ability to extract insight… Read More

Focus Groups and the Oracles of Eden Prairie cartoon

Focus Groups and the Oracles of Eden Prairie

This cartoon is less about focus groups than how we often use focus groups.  Or really any type of market research.    Years ago, I overheard some agency friends joke about “the Oracles of Eden Prairie.”  Eden Prairie is a suburb of Minneapolis, where a lot of focus groups happen.   These agency friends went on to describe the strange… Read More

Podcasts cartoon

Podcasts for Everyone

In 2019, I drew a cartoon poking fun at the explosion of new podcasts, with one podcaster saying to another: “Thank you for being a podcast guest on my new podcast about podcasting for podcasters starting podcasts to podcast to other podcasters.” At that point, Apple claimed 700,000 unique podcasts on iTunes.  Then came Covid.  In 2020 alone, over a… Read More

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