Brian Fuller's blog on the media, marketing and content creation

Heading toward the holiday finish line

BOSTON–Nothing like snowy New England to put you in the Christmas mood. Airport delays, traffic delays (a colleage here at Blanc & Otus, Brandon Keough, took four hours during the storm last week to make his 30 minute commute). But I’m staying in Back Bay tonight, having dinner with Mike and Patty Spataro and generally […]

The Right Coast

NEW YORK–It’s the week before Christmas, I’m embedded in Manhattan to help give a presentation on new-media strategies for a client-senior vice president and his team. They’re trying to chart, as we all are, the new-media landscape—what it means and how to use it. Every meeting has its field but there are often points of […]

How ’bout those Giants?

The San Francisco Giants may have finished this season dead last in the Western Division but they finished the Mitchell report in first. Barry Bonds, Bobby Estalella, Benito Santiago, Armando Rios, Marvin “I Lost it in the Sun” Benard, Mark Carreon, Jason Christiansen, and Matt Herges all were named in the report as being associated […]

Clemens named in Mitchell steroid report

Roger Clemens, one of the greatest pitchers in the history of baseball, is named in George Mitchell’s report on steroid abuse in baseball. Check out the report here, and then flip to page 167, when the Clemens commentary starts. It will be very interesting to see how the media treats the revelation on Clemens, given […]

Waiting for the Mitchell Report

Fewer than three hours until the long-awaited, much-speculated-upon Mitchell Report on steroid use in baseball comes out. It promises to be vastly entertaining. More than 60 players are expected to be named. I’m sure we won’t be surprised. All surprise went out of it when Mattie Williams’ name came up recently.Well, I’ll hold off on […]

Vendor as publisher

Sam Whitmore has done a valuable service lately by bird-dogging a red-hot trend in publishing: vendor-driven editorial. In today’s email blast, he enlists the help of the sage David Strom who writes about the shift of some heavy-hitting editors into corporate environs. “Microsoft, Cisco,, and Oracle all try to mimic the level of professionalism […]

Finally fixing LinkedIn

LinkedIn, the social-networking site for professionals, finally seems to be getting its act together after being schooled by MySpace and Facebook over the past couple of years. The site today rolled out new features and a redesigned home page. The proof will be in the pudding, and I have yet to play around with it. […]

On the new look

I’ve been itching to break out of the Blogger template form for some time. I’ve toyed with a few downloaded free templates but never had the time to play around with them to get it right.I did this past week. I downloaded a fine template from Gecko and Fly and set about to customize it. […]

Winnie Shows, rest in peace

One of the most interesting human beings I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing died yesterday after a valiant battle with cancer. Winnie Shows, who ran Smith & Shows Public Relations in the ’80s and ’90s in Menlo Park, had fought the good fight for more than a year and something tells me she was […]

New look, new scoop

Big news in FPGA land today where word is trickling out that Altera has slashed a swath of middle managers in cost-cutting move. The No. 2 programmable logic vendor’s stock was hammered in October when CEO John Daane said sales and profit were down in Q3 versus last year. Altera and industry No. 1 Xilinx […]

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