Industry Trends

Lessons from Silicon Valley

Part of the Three Ships mission is to disrupt and innovate, and it’s my job to monitor the continually evolving web for ways to do exactly that. So last month, I traveled to Silicon Valley for a res…

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Entrepreneurship

Winning in a Maturing Digital World

The surest way to become an irrelevant business is to lose sight of what your customers want. Yet as companies grow, they often turn insular. So last year, Three Ships made a special effort to get …

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Industry Trends

Google: Once a Darling, Now Just a Monopoly

Today's front page New York Times article marks the end of Google's brand dominance. For years, Google managed to wrap its Search Advertising monopoly with brilliant PR and a noble brand. This era now…

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Entrepreneurship

Three Ships Media is Now Three Ships!

I almost picked the name “Kudzu Media” over Three Ships Media as I started the company in the fall of 2009. The fast growth of the Japanese plant mirrored the boom in digital media, or so I reason…

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Entrepreneurship

Walter Magazine: Slowing Down to Speed Up

By 2 p.m., I was ready to quit. Already 10 hours into a daylong silent meditation, my mind was anything but still. As my thoughts raced from topic to topic, my body ached. I’d been sitting cross-leg…

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Digital Marketing

Four Digital Marketing Lessons from the Road

In the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to visit with and listen to a variety of thought leaders in digital marketing, including folks at Google, Microsoft, Experian, Acxiom, and more. Some …

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Leadership

The New Breed of Digital Talent

On Tuesday, the newly formed Grow.co, a think tank on digital customer acquisition, launched its first conference: Unlocked. The event—held at Pier 60 in NYC—had an underground feel. Unlike Se…

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Industry Trends

There is No Online or Offline

In the last three days I have met with three very different CEOs of three very different companies. One, an industry leader in vertical media; another, a multi-billion retailer; the last, a major nati…

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Digital Marketing

Local Search and Other Big Shifts

Three things we are paying attention to at Three Ships Media… The Search-Driven Web Local search is where the action is.  My WAG for companies with 20+ locations: 50% of the top 100 organic se…

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Entrepreneurship

Why We Work

Most mornings I jog by the small single-room cabin in which President Andrew Johnson was born.  It’s tiny.  And it’s a reminder to me that the “typical” North Carolinian born a few hundred y…

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Digital Marketing

Ideas are Easy, Execution is Hard

Wow, this is rich.  Acxiom – a $1bn direct mail agency trying to reinvent itself as a big data and digital player – is running an advertising campaign.  Here are the problems. When you click…

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