Alain Thys

The Marketer's Bushido (SlideShare)

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Call for Interest: It's Time European Brands Got Serious about Virtual Worlds

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French Supermarket Casino Labels Eco-Friendliness of its Products

by: Alain Thys

Now here's a green programme that's pragmatic, inspiring and at the same time simple enough that it could make consumers care.  In 2008, the French supermarket Casino intends to label its products according to their eco-friendliness.  The move follows an earlier announcement by Britain's Tesco who will start tracking the CO2 footprint of its products.

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Presentation: Thoughts on Marketing Accountability

by: Alain Thys

In the 20 years I've been in business, keeping score has been simple.  When I hit double-digit growth and profit numbers for Mexx or Reebok ... times were good. When my dot-com incubator imploded ... times were bad.  Yet for the years I've had "marketer" on my business card, I've never been able to figure out whether the near € 100 million I've helped burn, really made a difference.  And that bothers me.

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The New Futurelab 100: Have the Brand Gods Gone Crazy?

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Crowdsourcing Harry Potter?

by: Alain Thys

Spoiler alert: This post gives away a key plot point of the final Harry Potter book.  So if you've haven't finished the book, do not read on.

Last week Monday (at 1:30 AM) I finished part 7 of the Harry Potter series and after sat through the young man's wizardry adventures for thousands and thousands of pages, the end of the series felt like losing a friend.

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TV Producers Need a Business Model to Go Online

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Brand Traffic in Second Life

by: Alain Thys (via Business & Games)

Not so long ago, Ilya featured an awareness study on brands in Second Life. But as the last time I checked Second Life was still supposed to be about conversations and communities, the real proof for brands lies in "how long do people actually hang out in your wonderful virtual building".  

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'I Am the Media', Now on Slideshare

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Sony Home ... Why Can't I Make My Own Stuff?

by: Alain Thys

When looking at part 1 and part 2 of the unveiling of Sony Home for the PS3, I was dazzled by what I can only describe as a cool combo of an über-interface to the Sony media-world and a hi-res version of Second Life for my living room TV. Even my wife started saying she wanted a PS3.

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