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The Secret to PewDiePie’s YouTube Success

Josh Hara Josh Hara, Creative Director Aug. 6, 2015

PewDiePie is the most popular account on YouTube with more than 37 million subscribers and 9 billion views. That’s more than Katy Perry (16 million subscribers) and Taylor Swift (14 million subscribers) combined.  Also like celebrities, PewDiePie makes some serious bank. It was recently reported that PewDiePie earned $7.4 million in 2014. That’s a crazy …

OPEN Brands Outpace The Pack: The Data After a Decade

Mooney_Headshot Kelly Mooney, CEO Jul. 2, 2015

The year was 2006. Facebook became publicly accessible, Twitter launched (with little fanfare), YouTube completed its beta and saw an acceleration of videos being uploaded, Second Life made the cover of Business Week, Kyle MacDonald had succeeded in trading a red paperclip (ultimately) for a house on eBay and the iPhone was merely speculative Apple …

Goldfish-Sized Attention Spans: The Marketer’s New Challenge

Klay_Headshot Klay Huddleston, VP, Omni-Channel Jun. 30, 2015

The average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. That’s shorter than the attention span of a goldfish. Glub-glub. One school of thought on the cause of our shrinking attention spans is our growing ownership and dependence on multiple screens and devices. Continuous pings, flashes and alerts demand our attention NOW, …

WWDC 2015: Change is Coming

EricMcGary_med Eric McGary, Application Architect Jun. 15, 2015

Christmas comes early every year for developers who eagerly await big announcements from Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC), and this year’s event did not disappoint. From new operating systems to streaming music service to numerous new features that have everyone at Resource/Ammirati psyched, we think Apple is consistently pushing the boundaries of innovation, giving …

Pinterest’s ‘Buy It’ Button May Open Social Commerce Doors for Brands

Greg_Moss Greg Moss, Executive Director, Strategic Services Jun. 11, 2015

After much anticipation, Pinterest has announced it is adding a “buy it” button to its platform. This new functionality, which will be initially available on iPhone and iPad, will give brands an opportunity to shorten and simplify the consumer purchase journey, but it’s not foolproof. While the addition of the “buy it” button is logical—87 …

Why I’m in Like with Apple Watch

wethink_ram Resource/Ammirati, Building Open Brands Jun. 3, 2015

I have been the owner of a black Apple Watch Sport with a 38-mm face for exactly two weeks. And I am in like. As director of mobile strategy at Resource/Ammirati, my standards are pretty high and I rarely fall in love with the latest mobile phone or wearable technology. That’s because to me, technology …

Brands Don’t Have to Surrender to Amazon Prime Now

Klay_Headshot Klay Huddleston, VP, Omni-Channel May. 18, 2015

With the expansion of Prime Now, Amazon.com’s one-hour delivery service, brands are being forced to examine their omni-channel efforts in order to adapt, counteract and even take advantage of the retail behemoth’s new strategies. Amazon’s keen interest in owning the last mile has led the company to make massive investments in infrastructure and sacrifice margin …

Are You Ready for Google’s “Mobilegeddon?”

jkocher Jill Kocher, Associate Director, Search Apr. 17, 2015

“Mobilegeddon” hits Google search results on Tuesday, April 21. Whether your business is prepared or not depends entirely on whether Google deems your site mobile friendly. Google will use mobile friendliness as a ranking signal for the first time on April 21. Search results for searchers on mobile devices will favor mobile-friendly sites, and companies …

Apple Watch: Fashion vs. Function, A Dueling Perspective

wethink_ram Resource/Ammirati, Building Open Brands Apr. 8, 2015

In advance of the highly anticipated Apple Watch retail launch, Resource/Ammirati high-end fashion enthusiast Dr. Nita Rollins and mobile expert Jeremy Jacobs sat down with director of media relations Kristyn Wilson to offer their perspectives on the merits of Apple Watch as a nexus of technology and fashion. KRISTYN: What are your predictions for the …

Embracing April Fools Absurdity

daveshaw_med Dave Shaw, Director, Brand Strategy Apr. 3, 2015

Each year, ThinkGeek publishes a round of April Fools-inspired product listings that range from an absurd outlier (a steam-powered video game console) to a biting commentary on society (a 360-degree selfie halo). Also each year, ThinkGeek publishes some kind of joke product that makes nerds like me say, “wait, no seriously, I want that.” In …