critical thinking Tag



Los Angeles Rams marketing
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Professor… Do marketing plans come from factory assembly lines these days? The advice is so generic and commodified, someone on AliExpress must be selling it for 40-cents a piece as long as you buy 100 of them. Take this article about marketing the L.A. Rams NFL franchise. It contains two words that would make most experienced marketers groan in weariness: The S-Word: Social Media The M-Word: Millennials Those two words were a running gag in my Marketing Strategy course. IfRead More
micromanaging boss meme
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + LinkedIn Purist… The neighborhood is slowly deteriorating. Not my physical one in L.A., which is gentrifying so fast even the pigeons have to take out loans to eat.Read More
social media is a waste of time
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Communication Professor… Add another voice to the growing chorus of marketers stating the inconvenient truth — a truth that social media cheerleaders still refuse to acknowledge: When it comes to marketing brands, organic social media is a colossal waste of time.Read More
Amazon Fire Phone
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Marketing Analyst… Add “effective” to the list of marketing terms that no longer mean anything, alongside “authentic,” “leader,” “revolutionary,” “disruptive,” and “engagement.” According to a misdirected study by research firm Ace Metrix, in 2014 Samsung had 7 of the 15 “most effective” ads in the tech hardware sector, including the top 2. Of course, as everyone knows, Samsung had a terrible year, with third-quarter profits down 60% to three-year lows. Also on Ace Metrix’s top 15 list: Amazon’s ad for itsRead More
The Wizard
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Questions the Answers… A recent class discussion brought up one of my core tenets: the need to question everything in the market. We were discussing Charity: Water, a nonprofit that achieved near celebrity status because of its use of social media and videos: Great ad, right? When asked to analyze why the video worked, a student described it as “authentic” and “transparent” — two clichés now so overused, misused, and abused that they no longer have meaning. Analysts needRead More