• Basic Media 2.0: It's all about tribes

    April 19, 2008

    As I've said many times, I write about media through the lens of postmodernism (or postcolonialism), because the view makes some things perfectly clear from the get-go. One example is an AP story this week about social networking sites with the headline: MySpace, Facebook: Big not always better : ... more »
  • Promotional branding: show, don't tell Play Video

    April 10, 2008

    We’ve discussed the importance of proving more than claiming. When viewers see and hear, they believe. Not only does this approach sell your point of difference, but it also gets the proof of branding spot on the air fast. That’s because the news team knows the elements to... more »
  • Branding Works: Winning severe weather in Hawaii

    April 7, 2008

    At first glance, suggesting that a Honolulu TV station brand itself as Hawaii’s Severe Weather Station is a little like trying to sell the proverbial ice boxes to Eskimos. This is paradise after all with swaying palm trees, beautiful sandy beaches, and ocean breezes. But despite the... more »
  • Gaining traction in the morning: FOX affiliate

    April 6, 2008

    Situation Analysis The challenge to overcome in a medium-sized Midwest market is one that many stations face: How to gain traction with a morning newscast at a Fox affiliate against a dominant legacy station that easily wins the dawn patrol race? Our client knew... more »
  • Sustaining brand value over time

    April 6, 2008

    Situation Analysis Dominance in local news — it’s the goal of every TV station, but few make it and stay on top. AR&D serves a number of longtime dominant stations that have managed to sustain brand value — and dominance. ... more »