Obviously an out-of-towner. A real New Yorker would have added two words to that sign
My son and I participated in the first of three Summer Streets Saturdays this year. In an event started last year, the City shuts down Park Avenue from 72nd Street to the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Cyclists and walkers can traverse the entire length with no cars and only a few stops at major cross streets.
Since the event attracted a lot of marketing participation, from lead sponsor Citi to relatively small brands such as GoGo Squeez and Nuun, I thought it might provide a good opportunity to discuss how marketers can get the most out of sponsorship and other types of participation in events like these.
As a casual fan of basketball, it took me a while to notice that the NBA hadn’t started playing yet. (Disclosure: I am a nominal Knicks fan, so I have trouble understanding the difference between NBA teams playing and not playing)
Sports columnists and talk radio have centered on the conflict between owners and players at the heart of the lockout, and with good reason. The “millionaires versus billionaires” conflict makes great copy and/or discussion. Certainly, money lies at the heart of the dispute.
However, I wonder if the dispute owes itself to less obvious but perhaps more systemic problem. Let’s call this problem, in the argot of Animal Planet programming, “WHEN BRANDING ATTACKS!”Continue reading →