R&B/Hip-Hop artist and fashion influencer Janelle Monáe released her “Electric Lady” video yesterday. The video is fun, stylish, on-brand and authentic to Ms. Monáe, and has more cameos than an Andy Samberg-hosted episode of SNL. The video’s timing is a bit unexpected, however, as the song was released on an album of the same name back in September of 2013. more
There is much irony is writing this post from Tuscany, where so many of the festivals date back to medieval times and don’t need to be concerned with staying relevant through fresh ideas and content. more
While in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago, I dropped in on Hans Erik Tuijt, global manager of activation for Heineken and a speaker at IEG’s 2012 sponsorship conference. more
Just finished a must-read for anyone in sports, event or entertainment marketing: Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry and How the Public Got Scalped by Dean Budnick and Josh Baron. more
In April, I wrote a blog post about Jack Johnson’s “To The Sea Tour” and I gushed about the fact that 100 percent of the proceeds from that Tour would be given to 150 nonprofit community groups. more
Just finished Jerry Weintraub’s entertaining autobiography When I Stop Talking You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man.
Founder of Concerts West, Weintraub pioneered large arena tours, bypassing local promoters and working directly with the venues. Starting with nothing, he became the impresario behind Sinatra, Dylan, the Stones, Elvis and others. more
Official corporate sponsors of the 2008 and 2010 Olympics failed to optimize social media opportunities by ignoring search engine optimization. Now the official corporate sponsors of the 2010 FIFA World Cup—including Adidas, Coca-Cola, Emirates and Hyundai/Kia—are missing the boat.
All are failing to link their activation to online search terms such as “soccer world cup” and “world cup 2010.” There is a huge volume of traffic surrounding these terms and sponsors have the rights to use them. So why aren’t they optimizing? Why isn’t FIFA advising them to do so?
Festivals are going from strength to strength, especially in Europe. Just one indication of their prominence is the special limited edition jeans Diesel produced for Denmark’s Roskilde Festival. The run of 1,000 jeans are specially treated to deal with mud, wind, rain and other surprises that you might come across during the course of a festival. more
After his successful 2008 “Sleep Through The Static” tour that raised $845,000 for 184 environmental nonprofit organizations, Jack Johnson will once again donate 100 percent of his 2010 “To The Sea” tour profits to over 150 chosen community groups. more
The performance lineup for the Beale Street Music Festival, a three-day music festival held as part of Memphis in May, was recently announced. The Festival will be held April 30th - May 2nd, 2010 at Tom Lee Park, on the Mississippi River, in Downtown Memphis. The Festival will feature performances on four stages by a wide range of artists including Alison Krauss & Union Station, 3 Doors Down, 30 Seconds to Mars and Colbie Caillat. The Festival draws approximately 125,000 people over three days. 2010 sponsors include Bud Lite, Cellular South, Coca-Cola, Best Buy and Nationwide Insurance. more