The over-marketing of things, and praise for the OV-fiets

Originally written in Dutch on Marketingfacts. I’d like to talk about telecom providers who work with influencers, but communicate from a noreply email address, or have a ten minute telephone queue. About how every energy provider wants an app. About how the internet is about to burst with well-meant selfie campaigns and Facebook live-sessions and blogs that […]

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China’s media landscape and lessons for the West

Earlier trips to Shanghai already taught me that looking at China with an air of Western superiority is ill-advisable. While rural areas are still developing, urban areas are so far ahead in some aspects that at times, Shanghai felt like science-fiction. In moving from Amsterdam to Shanghai and started as a strategist at Seventy Agency, […]

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Ignorant predictions about China

Next Tuesday, I’m taking a one way ticket to China to start as strategist at Seventy Agency Shanghai. For months I’ve been looking forward and preparing for this. Yet there’s only so much I can learn from this side of the fence, and even in China I’m a foreigner and I’m not expecting to be able […]

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Resources added

Since the beginning of 2018 I’ve been collecting quotes, articles and reports from many tweeps and organisations like BBH Labs, the IPA and Thinkbox, who — to me — are a valuable goldmine of information. Here’s a list of most of what I found useful (work in progress). Resources

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Wedding rings bring worlds together

Lake Victoria is a huge fresh water basin that lies in between Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya. For over 500,000 years, rainfall and thousands of small streams gathered here and flowered northwards through the White Nile river. After 4,000 kilometers, the river is joined by the Blue Nile. Together they form the Nile, which flows through […]

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Content marketing is simple, but companies aren’t designed to make it well

To all that has been said about content marketing, I’m going to add one sentence, fifteen examples, and one paragraph. In essence Content marketing is simply the function of your product or service, put into a media format that you can share. Ten examples 1) RevZilla — Helps you to buy the perfect motorcycle clothing Product: A […]

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On love and marriage

Love has been a never-ending source of inspiration for the arts. For centuries, singers have emptied their lunges and poets have emptied their pens — all just to try to describe the magnitude of love; why we do the things that we do for love; and why it’s such an all-immersive phenomena. Scientists say it’s […]

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To the Hai

I’m about to leave the familiar and by-now slightly comfortable church of KesselsKramer, as well as the safety net of having colleagues way more experienced (and in many ways more talented) than me. ‘Why am I doing this to myself?’, I’m asking. Throughout my four years at art academy, I didn’t dare to dream to […]

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Boring truths

In the 1980 science book Cosmos, Carl Sagan wrote about how a newspaper asked an astronomer to write a five hundred word article on whether there was life on Mars. The astronomer dutifully replied through telegram: “NOBODY KNOWS”, repeated two hundred and fifty times. It was the most honest answer possible, but people wanted answers nonetheless, […]

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Virtual Racing School case study

Online marketing is more simple than ‘experts’ make people believe, and to demonstrate that I’ve showed a simple campaign from Virtual Racing School on the biggest marketing blog from the Netherlands; Marketingfacts. With this article you do a campaign yourself within an hour, so you’ll learn how online advertising works, and what you can measure with […]

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