Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 11-22-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - Thanksgiving Edition (Photo Credit:

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – Thanksgiving Edition
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Welcome to a Thanksgiving-geared, #SaveThanksgiving special edition of #SundayMusings with Shore Branding.  There has not been too much news or debate – maybe I’m too busy to notice – on retailers opening up on Thanksgiving Day for Black Friday / holiday deals.  I’ve seen a number of petitions but none of them have necessarily exploded.  

In any case, for those of you celebrating Thanksgiving this coming week, I hope you enjoy it and get to spend time with your friends and family.  Onward to this week’s musings …

#1 –  “Be Thankful for Feedback: Good, Bad, and Indifferent” via

Premise: Customers have had polar opposite opinions on retailers opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day.  What is somewhat lost in all of the debate is the value of the feedback these stores have received due to making decisions like this.  Good or bad, listening to the feedback provided by your customers is absolutely critical.  The author provides three tips to consider as you embark on your holiday messaging.  

Thoughts: Well, the crux of our efforts really started in a similar spot.  However, the overall theme here, when you pull back the curtain, really is to listen to your customers.  You have to understand the impact of the decisions you make.  

#2 – “3 tips to avoid marketing missteps this holiday season” via

Premise: How do retailers keep shoppers involved and engaged throughout the holiday season and beyond?  The author puts together three tips on what retailers can do to sustain their efforts over a longer period of time.  

Thoughts: What really caught my attention is the third tip in this article, “bridge the gap between bricks and clicks”.  If you can’t optimize your customer experience by having both channels work together, then don’t try and focus your efforts on one or the other.  It is incredibly frustrating to have a completely different user experience between the in-store and online.  

#3 – “Izze’s Friendsgiving Campaign Includes Pop-Up Social Events for Millennials” via

Premise: Fruit-drink maker Izze is back with a new campaign heading into the holidays, called Friendsgiving.  The brand will be advertising across Amazon, Instagram, and Pinterest as it targets Millennials.

Thoughts: Respectfully, I had no idea that Izze was part of PepsiCo’s portfolio until this week.  I missed last year’s campaign, but I really do like what they are doing as we head into Thanksgiving.  

What brands are using a Thanksgiving-related campaign or hashtag that has caught your attention over the past few weeks?  Please do pass them along!

Tweet of the Week:

Once again, please spread the word and help others who are struggling to put a meal on the table this holiday season.  

For those celebrating Thanksgiving this week, please have a great, yet safe holiday!  #SaveThanksgiving


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 11-8-15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

As we head into and through the end of the year, there are a number of different branding efforts taking place.  This week’s #SundayMusings runs the gamut across a few of these holidays as brands have begun their year end marketing campaigns.  

#1 –  “Top hotel bonus points promotions for Thanksgiving week stays” via

Premise: Loyalty Traveler informs its readers of the best hotel travel deals for Thanksgiving week, one of the biggest travel weeks of the year in the US.  

Thoughts: Across all of the major hotel chains – Hilton, Marriott, IHG, etc. – you will be able to find the current promotions and deals in this article.  Depending on your loyalty across each, I’m sure you will be able to find something if you are considering traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.

#2 – “REI Stores are Closing on Thanksgiving” via

Thoughts: No premise is needed here.  You have probably seen this announcement from REI, completely closing their stores on Black Friday.  Thank you! #SaveThanksgiving

Even better news … the retailer will be paying its employees as if it is a regular workday and have opted to turn this into a hashtag campaign – #OptOutside.  Well played REI!

#3 – “Why Hallmark is Ditching TV, and Sentimental Ads, for a Bit of Biting Humor this Holiday” via

Premise: For the first time, Hallmark is abandoning TV advertising for its Keepsake holiday ads, going with an all digital approach.  There are a handful of ads on its microsite for the campaign and the company is using the #KeepsakeIt hashtag for the campaign.  

Thoughts: It pains me to write anything about Christmas here – ahead of Thanksgiving – but I did want to bring to your attention.  It is telling when a brand rich in tradition decides to completely abandon the TV and go all digital.  The times, they are a changin’ …

Tweet of the Week:


Self-serving?  Sure.  A good cause?  Absolutely!  Check out the online food drive on Feeding America through the link in the tweet above.  Help others who are struggling to put a meal on the table.  Thank you!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s #SundayMusings!


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 10-25-15

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Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding!
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Welcome to a Halloween themed #SundayMusings with Shore Branding!  With next weekend being the holiday here in the US, let’s take a look at what you may want to do, or avoid, for the holiday.  We’ll also take a look at a few early winners when it comes to their Halloween branding efforts!

#1 –  “5 Scarily Bad Brand Personality Traits to Avoid This Halloween (and After)” via

Premise: With every holiday comes a desire and plan to tailor your brand’s message or social media posts to make it relevant.  However, there are a number of items to avoid when thinking about tying your brand to a Halloween, or any other holiday, themed message, post, etc.

Thoughts: This really didn’t have to be tied to Halloween at all.  However, arrogance and/or dullness in your posts, message, etc. top this list in my opinion.  There is no need to break through the clutter through something provocative if that isn’t your normal tone.  Stay consistent.  

#2 – “5 Designs We Love: Seasonal Branding for Halloween” via

Premise: Five of the top branding and/or packaging items that have been seen thus far for the forthcoming Halloween holiday.  

Thoughts: I really like what Fanta did with their packaging.  Great look and an even better bit of innovation to it, by turning it into a drink dispenser and, from what I can tell, a Halloween basket as well.  Doesn’t that look like a Halloween basket to you?  

The other winner here is one of the most digital savvy brands we have, Oreo.  Naturally … #3 – “This App Will Help You Find the Perfect Wine to Pair With Your Halloween Candy” via Premise: I’m relatively positive the title of this article says it all, as Vivino – an app for winos … excuse me, “wine enthusiasts” has launched this year’s perfect pairings between Halloween candy and wine.    Thoughts: This is simply fantastic.  Added bonus, it comes with an infographic!  An interesting point worth mentioning is that there are no specific brands mentioned or referenced in the pairing, only types of wine.  That sounds like a future brandscaping opportunity for a wine company! Tweet of the Week:

I’m not even sure where to go with this one.  Hanes XTemp technology keeps you cool as you load up on your Halloween costume, layers, and yes, hair.  Fantastic use of the holiday that can be reapplied for Christmas in a few months in a similar manner I’m sure.

Added bonus time, here is my favorite Halloween Vine thus far (from Lowe’s) …

Hope you enjoyed this week’s #SundayMusings!  Happy Halloween and Happy Halloween Branding efforts to those giving it a try!


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 10-11-15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

This week’s #SundayMusings takes a look at the most recent advertising stories that have caught my attention over the past few weeks.  What brands have caught your attention recently with their ad efforts – whether that be by TV, digital, or elsewhere?

#1 –  “Are Marketers Finally Getting the Hang of Locattion-Based Mobile Ads” via

Premise: While location-based advertising on mobile devices has been a small portion of mobile ad spending, there continues to be progress made in this arena.  Companies like Essence and xAd have worked with Google to improve this targeted approach at mobile advertising.  

Thoughts: Location-based marketing continues to slowly move forward and we’re only going to see increases in spend levels here as technology gets stronger and platforms become richer.  Push notifications from the likes of Google, Foursquare and others on my mobile, leave no doubt in my mind that this is going to continue to grow.  

Just over two years ago (wow!) I did some testing with Nearwoo and while this slightly moves the needle from location-based marketing per se, the ability to drill down at such a granular level is a highly impactful resource for businesses – big and small.  

#2 – “Ready or Not, Here Comes Your First Big Weepy 2015 Holiday Prank Commercial” via

Premise: Shaw Communications released an ad for Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday and won the internet for a few hours, surprising family members with others returning ‘home’ for the holiday.

Thoughts: Originally saw this link and thought for sure it would be Christmas ad, which naturally made my blood boil.  However, this was a great ad that truly does get you thinking about what the holidays really are, or should be about.  

As always, let’s #SaveThanksgiving – no matter what country you celebrate it in!!

#3 – AdWords and Social Media: King and Queen of Advertising –

Thoughts: A look back at the history of Google’s AdWords and how it has boomed since social media has taken off over the past decade or so.  Interesting to continue to see how AdWords evolves and how powerful the platform is / has become.  

Is your brand/business using AdWords?  How effective has it been for you?

Tweet of the Week:

Well, Carl’s Jr. certainly sparked the controversy recently with its latest ad.  Let’s just say that this is the least revealing tweet you will find on their #TexMexBacon campaign.  Not only did we get the standard “sexist” commentary from this campaign, they managed to make it political as well with some folks saying it was controversial because of the US/Mexican border “issues” that are on-going.  

Can we just enjoy advertising for what it is and not turn everything into such a PC-driven debate?!  Hope you enjoyed this week’s #SundayMusings!  


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 9-27-15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

With the start of the NFL season in swing and Oktoberfest starting in Germany this weekend, it is time to dedicate a #SundayMusings to beer.  It has been a long time coming and will also be part of next weekend’s “Loyalty to Brands”.  Here are a few stories that caught my attention in recent weeks across beer brands.

#1 –  “Guinness raises a glass to Denis Leary’s Firefighters Foundation with $224K donation” via

Premise: Guinness has donated just under $224K to actor/comedian Denis Leary’s Firefighters Foundation, in support of firefighters nationwide.  The relationship between the beer brand and Leary has been going on for a couple of years now, with Guinness giving back to the community in a very noble way.  For more information you can visit  

Thoughts: The first thought for many when asked about Denis Leary may be a foul-mouthed comedian or the star of Rescue Me.  However, he does a lot of good through his foundation, the genesis of which comes from an unfortunate life event.  

Kudos to Guinness for continuing the relationship not only through its donations, but continued PR and ad support behind the cause as well.  

#2 – “Bud Light and Google Partner To Win Football Fans On The Second Screen” via

Premise: Bud Light, the official beer of the NFL, is partnering with Google (and YouTube) to market its product to those using a second screen during football.  Whether you are searching for scores or fantasy football updates online, you are likely to wind up seeing some type of marketing effort from Bud Light.  

Thoughts: Bud Light is working with 28 of the 32 NFL teams, having created a unique can for each of the 28.  I actually saw a good amount of responses from Bud Light’s Twitter feed, as they replied to many NFL fans across teams with quick GIF files of that respective team’s Bud Light can.  Needless to say, Bud Light is listening and taking content marketing to another level through its online channels.

#3 – Miller Lite – Free Rides

Premise: Miller Lite is partnering with various transit systems and communities to give away free rides to promote safety and to prevent drunk driving with this site.  

Thoughts: How do you build saliency when your number one competitor has the national partnership with the most prevalent sports league in the US?  You do a little good for society.  The program has provided almost 5 million free rides to date.

I noticed this on Twitter as well, when Miller Lite was promoting the program for the Eagles and Cowboys game from Week 1 and thought it was a fantastic program that deserved more attention.

Tweet of the Week:

While there are Oktoberfest’s held all over the world, nothing compares to the one that started last Saturday in Germany.  Bucketlist …

That’s it for this week’s #SundayMusings!  What is your favorite beer and why?


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 9-13-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - The Super Bowl Edition! (Photo credit:

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding 
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The start of the NFL season is upon us and this week’s #SundayMusings dives into the the top news and stories that have caught my attention heading into the season.    

#1 –  “Teflon Tom: Why Brady’s Brand Remains Bulletproof” via

Premise: A federal judge overruled the NFL’s Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league on New England Patriots’ QB Tom Brady’s suspension.  Over his 14 year career, Brady has developed a superior brand image through four Super Bowl rings and numerous endorsements.  “DeflateGate” and “SpyGate” notwithstanding, Brady’s image remains unscathed.   

Thoughts: If you have been following this DeflateGate story at all, you are probably sick of it and have been for months.  Nothing like Roger Goodell to overreach and then be brought back down to earth by the judicial system.  Tom Brady’s personal brand and image have nothing to worry about now and whenever he decides to hang up the laces.

#2 – “Jared Who?  Subway Turns Spotlight to Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota” via

Premise: The #2 pick in this past year’s NFL Draft, QB Marcus Mariota, is the latest athlete to cut a sponsorship and ad deal with Subway, the troubled sandwich maker.  The start of the NFL season allows Subway to bombard the NFL audience with its latest sports star, trying to deflect any and all references to ex-spokesperson, Jared Fogle, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks and months.

Thoughts: With Mariota going to the Tennessee Titans – generally seen as a “small market team” in the NFL – it will be interesting to see how many deals his agent can get him signed to.  

I don’t see how this really supplants the “Jared news” however, as that unfortunate story isn’t going away anytime soon.  At the same time, Subway’s ad campaigns have been focusing on athletes for a number of years now and across sports, so this isn’t some new direction for the company.  

#3 – “JJ Watt is football’s real-life action hero” via

Premise: JJ Watt has quickly become a/the face of the NFL despite being a Defensive Linemen – a position not well noted for producing a lot of high-level celebrity endorsements.  While immensely talented on the field, Watt also seems to have the “it” factor off the field, and has lined up sponsorship deals with the likes of Gatorade, Reebok, and Papa John’s.   

Thoughts: There are a good number of interesting thoughts and ideas in this article from agency folk and ESPN’s own, Darren Rovell.  It is estimate that Watt already makes about $2.5-$3 million annually in sponsorship deals and that number is likely going to continue to rise.  At this growth rate, I’ll probably be sick of JJ Watt by November 1st.  However, more power to him, he needs to keep going in building his personal brand.  

#4 – “Bud Light Unveils 28 Different Team-Specific Cans for NFL Fans” via

Premise: Bud Light has created unique cans for 28 of the NFL’s 32 teams – with the four exceptions (Bears, Packers, Cowboys and Vikings) being omitted because they have their own deals with MillerCoors.

Thoughts: AB continues to amp up its sports marketing efforts year after year.  What really caught my eye here is the fact that they showcase the Seattle Seahawks can at the top of the article.  If someone could send me a few of those it would be greatly appreciated …

Tweet of the Week:

Preface: I haven’t played Fantasy Football in about a decade at this point.  But (and its competitors) have completely hit a home run over the past ~2 years with how they have developed and evolved fantasy sports.  Rather than having the “player” invested in a full season, they take a week by week and day by day approach to the online betting.  Not to mention, their ads are pretty awesome …

That’s it for this week’s #SundayMusings!  The NFL branding continues to take a hit every offseason with news and stories that take the eyes and ears away from the field.  Part of me enjoys seeing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell squirm or act like a pompous fool during his PR campaigns.  In any case, try to enjoy the NFL season on the field over the next 17 weeks!


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 8-30-15

Photo Credit: CBS Philadelphia

Photo Credit: CBS Philadelphia

Today’s #SundayMusings takes a look at a few brands that I have become very familiar with over the past 15 months with our child.  As we close out Summer, head into Labor Day Weekend, and take our next family vacation to Sesame Place, I wanted to focus on several brands that we have essentially adopted into our lives.  No “Premise” in this week’s #SundayMusings, just a few musings on each particular company and how their branding has impacted several purchase decisions.  

#1 –  “Capture all the fun with the VTech Kidizoom ActionCam” via

Thoughts: VTech has come up with a number of great educational toys and games.  We have several outdoor sports-related games, along with a growing collection of Go! Go! SmartWheels tracks and vehicles, because you can never have just one, you have to have the whole set.  

I’m not sure how I feel about this KidiZoom ActionCam though – do kids need another distraction when they should be paying attention to their surroundings, the street, etc.?  (Related, I realize I’m showing my age here.)

#2 – “Thomas the Train Engine theme park opens in Massachusetts” via

Thoughts: Thomas the Train is a cartoon favorite these days on the television and news of this park opening piqued our interest.  However, the park didn’t open this Summer until earlier this month and there have been more than a few customer complaints about it actually not being ready to be opened / shouldn’t have opened without toilets being ready, more food options being available, etc.  Not exactly a great endorsement and not the best way to get your brand off the ground at Edaville.

#3 – “LeapFrog Epic: a customizable, age appropriate tablet for your kids” via

Thoughts: If there is one kid’s company that I have truly vested in, it is LeapFrog and their educational toys and technology.  We have the LeapReader Junior with a slew of books to read.  LeapFrog does a great job of keeping up with technology as well, even if I’m not ready to consider items for our kid.  

Their new tablet in the article above falls in this category.  However, products like this that are made by a brand I truly trust, will continue to evolve and when the time is right, I know where our purchase will be coming from.    

Tweet of the Week:

What perfect timing!  A week before we spend two days in the park, Sesame Place shares a parent’s guide to their park from a blogger, albeit a little old.  Don’t think for a second we won’t be leveraging this ahead of our stay.  Our child has become slightly obsessed with several Sesame Street characters – we’re looking forward to seeing how he reacts when he sees them in person … and completely realize that it may turn into a disaster.  (Crosses fingers that this goes smoothly …)

If you have a child or children at home, what brands are they focused on?  Have you helped move that needle a bit for one reason or another?  Have a great week ahead as we head into Labor Day Weekend next weekend!


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 8-16-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding focusing on Pinterest (Photo credit:

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding focusing on Periscope (Photo credit:

We’re back with another #SundayMusings with Shore Branding and will continue with a focus on Periscope for at least another week.  Last week’s “Brands Winning with Periscope” received a good number of views so I wanted to keep the focus specifically on Twitter’s live streaming app for this week’s #SundayMusings.  Here are several write-ups over the past few weeks on the Periscope app, including tips and tricks for the platform.  

#1 –

Premise: No premise here per se, just a link to the homepage of “Personal Periscope Blog”, a blog that has been providing virtually real time news on Periscope updates, trends, etc.  

Thoughts: If you have a true interest in Periscope itself, you will want to bookmark this page and/or drop it into your Feedly news stream.  There is a lot of good information on here, including a little bit of history on the app itself.    

#2 – “Periscope Up: 15 Tips to Mastering the Platform” via

Premise: Looking for a robust list of tips and tricks for using Periscope, take a look at Ketchum’s 15 best practices write-up linked to above.  Through their personal use and viewing of other scopes, the author comes up with a solid list of tips to optimize your broadcasts.    

Thoughts: There are a few tips in here that I noticed right away when viewing other people’s broadcasts, e.g. having the right equipment, sharing on Twitter, etc.  There is also one big one that I realized on my own – you need to be on WiFi, I would argue that 4G really isn’t that good either when you are broadcasting … but certainly better than 3G.  Don’t broadcast if you are on a 3G network.  

The author provides additional, very functional tips for consideration in order to make your broadcast that much more user friendly and to engage with your audience.   

#3 – “7 Ways to Engage Your Audience on Periscope” via

Premise: Kim Garst puts together seven examples of how you or your brand can engage with your Periscope audience.  Here you will find different ways to consider building your Periscope audience and following.  

Thoughts: Looking or struggling to find your niche on Periscope?  You can or should take these seven ideas into consideration.  Try a few of them out to see what is and is not resonating with followers.  If you still can’t figure it out, pose a question or two on other platforms to gauge interest levels.  

At a “professional level”, I enjoy the live training videos that are out there, i.e. tips and tricks for Periscope and across all social media platforms.  On a personal level, I often find myself checking into concert streams – from U2, James Taylor, and more.  

Tweet of the Week:

I thought this was a perfect tweet for Periscope given where things currently stand and how they have already and will continue to evolve in the coming weeks and months.  Tips will continue to grow, opinions will continue to form, and everyone can and will adjust accordingly.  

Want even more?  Here is a quick SlideShare that I found for using Periscope …


What are your likes and dislikes so far for Periscope?  If you have a particular recommendation on who to follow, I would love to hear it and add them to my list.  Thanks!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and the week ahead!


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 8-2-15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

This week’s #SundayMusings with Shore Branding is somewhat unique in its style in that I am building off of our Loyalty to Brands write-ups and have found recent news from brands and companies that we have focused on in the past.  Here are a few headlines that have caught my eye on several of the brands that I consider myself loyal to.

#1 – “Online shopping startup ready to rival Amazon” – via

Premise: Having launched two weeks ago,’s founder Marc Lore promises to be an open book when it comes to corporate disclosure – a key contrast vs. his former boss and employer, Jeff Bezos at Amazon.  Lore provides several quotes into how he prefers to run Jet moving forward.  Jet has raised $225 million in funding but is projecting losses in its operating margin for the next five years.

Thoughts: As mentioned in last week’s Loyalty to Brands on Jet, I think it is a phenomenal site and product already.  I’m seriously considering the next nine months as the last chance for Costco to wow me with something or my membership will be cancelled.

Marc Lore has made the rounds over the past two weeks, so it is highly likely you have already seen or read what he is expecting out of and his vision for the company as it moved out of beta testing.

#2 – “Dunkin’ Donuts Is Using 7 Social Platforms to Sell Iced-Coffee to Music-Loving Millennials” via

Premise: Dunkin’ Donuts’ summer marketing campaign will go across seven different social media platforms, in an effort to better connect / resonate with millennials.  The campaign is called “DD Summer Soundtrack” and will include similar messaging and advertising across social platforms.

Thoughts: Either Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts know exactly what they are doing or this is just an effort by Dunkin’ to take some steam out of Starbucks’ connection with younger consumers.  I don’t love the idea, particularly if it was formed based on the latter assumption, but it could work out very well for Dunkin’, given its heavy promotional efforts.  I also liked to read that the brand will include a focus on Periscope – where I have seen several brands start to make their presence known.

#3 – “Hilton’s Canopy Reykjavik Offers Valuable Customer Experiences Steeped in Local Culture” via

Premise: Canopy, “Hilton’s new lifestyle hotel brand” will be opening in Reykjavik Iceland in 2016 and be located in center city.  It will offer all of the local flavoring of the city, including food and local amenities.

Thoughts: OK, so this caught my eye and I cannot wait to go back to Iceland and stay at this new Hilton hotel.  If you have never been to Iceland, I highly suggest you check it out as the country is absolutely gorgeous.  We stayed at the current Hilton in Reykjavik and while it was very nice, it was a little off the path from center city.

Tweet of the Week:

Honda is another Loyalty to Brands focus and they have recently turned it up a notch with their digital marketing and social media efforts.  They recently aired a Periscope video rolling out the design for the 2016 Honda Accord and now have this hashtag campaign out there across networks.

The light bulb has seemingly gone off for Honda that they needed to step up their game across social media platforms.  I really enjoy what they have been doing in recent weeks.

Any of these brands in this week’s #SundayMusings catch your attention?

Happy Sunday and enjoy the week ahead!


Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 7-19-15

A mobile #SundayMusings w/ Shore Branding! (Photo credit:

A mobile #SundayMusings w/ Shore Branding!
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Welcome back for another #SundayMusings with Shore Branding!  This week’s discussion and links all circle around the world of mobile and mobile advertising.  Here are the top stories that have caught my eye over the past few weeks.

#1 – “Televisions Are No Longer the Screen of Choice for Kids” – via

Premise: A recent report from Miner & Co. Studio finds that more than half of parents surveyed said their children preferred to watch video on a mobile device (tablet or phone) over the television.  The impact of this is yet to be seen as these devices become more and more prominent in US households.  However, it is having an impact on TV ratings, specifically kids stations.

Thoughts: So the study itself didn’t surprise me, but the stories from the research irked me.  There is very little that is more annoying than going out to dinner and seeing a family with their heads down all paying attention to their own device.  Equally annoying is when a parent sits down with their kids and immediately hands the child a device.  STOP IT!

Here is the video linked to in the article above from the study.  I couldn’t even get all the way through it without having to walk away.

#2 – “Top 10 mobile advertising campaigns of Q2” via

Premise: The author / site puts together a quarterly list of the top mobile advertising campaigns and with the recent launch of the Apple Watch, there was a lot to choose from over Q2’15.

Thoughts: The news that caught my attention first was the use of the Cinematic Pin offering from Pinterest.  Several brands have pushed forward with the platforms latest ad-related (and revenue driving) technique, including Virgin America and Gymboree.

One additional piece of feedback though … too many stories centered around “selfies” made the list.  Of course, one story would have been too many …

#3 – “9 Mobile Marketing Stats That Will Make You Look Smarter On Twitter” via

Premise: Unbounce breaks down a number of key stats and numbers illustrating the size and growth of mobile marketing over the years.  Whether it is the growing number of users, the amount of time spent on mobile devices, or the amount of money spent on mobile advertising, there is no denying the exponential growth of mobile.  Finally, when talking mobile in 2015, you can’t leave out the growing push towards mobile video.

Thoughts: Beyond the stats and numbers here, if you just followed Twitter’s business over the past five years, you would understand how to stay on top of recent mobile trends.  You started with Twitter and micro-blogging (I hate that word/phrase) and then pivoted into micro-videos (i.e. Vine) and are now moving towards livestreaming via mobile devices (i.e. Periscope).

Brands and companies that stay with these on-going shifts in behavior and consumption have a leg up on more than their fair share of competitors.

#4 – “Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 the next thinnest tablet in the world with 8-inch Super AMOLED screen display, other montster specs” via

Premise: While a release date remains unofficial, it is expected that Samsung will soon announce the release date of their latest tab – the Galaxy Tab S2.  Specs for the devices are starting to float around the internet (as evidenced in the link above).  The device will run on Android’s Lollipop OS and have a microSD slot for extra storage and as always, is compared to the latest iPad devices.

Thoughts: Why is this in today’s #SundayMusings you ask?  Simple … I need a new tablet and this is 99.9% likely to be the tablet that I purchase in the near future.  As you may have seen me complain about on Twitter, my 2012 Nexus 7 is dead thanks to “upgrading” to Lollipop and has become worthless.  I refuse to buy the Nexus 9 due to the lack of additional storage available on it.  The cost doesn’t help the N9’s cause, particularly with being limited to the internal storage provided.

What tablet are you currently using and would you recommend it?  Let me know, I would love to do some comparative shopping.

Tweet of the Week:

While I don’t think there is any earth shattering news among these five mobile trends, it is good to refresh the memory and to ensure you are keeping an eye on what the latest and greatest is … not that this won’t change three or six months from now.  The biggest takeaway among the tips for me is the mention of content marketing via mobile and to keep an eye in this area.  (I’ll ignore the oversight of referencing Periscope and Meerkat.)

That wraps up another #SundayMusings!  What has caught your eye in mobile over the past few weeks?

Enjoy what remains of your weekend and the week ahead!