There's a new, very good, planning school of the web assignment over here courtesy of the Forest fanatic (but that's his only flaw) Rob Campbell. As he says I hope anyone in advertising or the communications industry has a go, not just planners.
The wonderful planning salary survey is back for the 4th time, organized as always by Heather LeFevre. The more who enter data, the better the output so go here to participate anonymously. To get hold of the survey once analyzed you can leave your email here.
Spent a few hours this weekend reading Accidental Branding by David Vinjamuri (full disclosure - David, who also writes a blog here, sent me an advanced review copy). Well worth a read not least because it is built around six case studies of incredibly successful, entrepreneurial brands that have done things differently (from Baby Einstein to Clif Bar to Craigslist) and are different to the usual suspects of Nike and Apple. The interviews with the founders are, by and large, incredibly revealing and I think the summary of the common learnings David provides are good food for thought: 1. Sweat the small stuff 2. Pick a fight 3. Be your own customer 4. Be unnaturally persistent 5. Build a myth 6. Be faithful