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My name's Joel Kelly and I live in Halifax, NS.

I'm a 20something guy doing digital and social media strategy for a Halifax-based marketing agency.

I'm a vegan nerd and marketing asshole.

You should follow me on Twitter.

Contact me about whatever (like, say, your marketing questions) at

Monday, September 7, 2009

We're moving

I'm moving my blog over to its new home ( over the new few days. So apologies for any issues experienced while it's in transit.

Video Monday 11: SM/PR for promotion

Once more with feeling.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Video Monday 10

With special guest Ben Boudreau.

Friday, August 28, 2009

What does your work *say*?

What does your art say about the people who buy it?

If you want people to buy your art and hang it in their apartments, houses, office reception areas, corner offices, and so on, you should be able to explain what owning that piece of art says about the person who bought it.

If someone has a party and pulls out some organic, locally brewed beer from their fridge to serve to guests, that says something about that host.

If people arrive and the host is playing 30s jazz on the stereo, that says something about her.

If she has your art hanging on her wall, what does it say about her?

Hugh Macleod
calls the statements that these things make about the person who purchased them and what they reveal "social markers." He says that if you can't identify how your product (or your art) is a social marker, you should give up.

I'm saying that you should be able to articulate, if you intend to sell your work, why it's unique, what it says about the purchaser, and why anyone should care in less than three sentences.

Once you can identify what your work says about the people who buy it, you can figure out how you should write your blog, who your audience should be, and how you can connect with them.

This is pretty much step number one.

It's not just about what your work means to you, it's what your work says about the people willing to give you money for it.

By describing what it says about you in your blog or marketing pieces, it adds meaning to the work that someone else can take and have it mean something to them.

Basically, art is like a child. The artist, or parent, has all these deep personal feelings about the child. Why they love them, why they want the best for them, and there's a rich and important history behind the creation of that child.

Now imagine you had to write a resume for that child so that she could get a job. Suddenly all that history, all those feelings have to be distilled, and in some cases dismissed, in favour of figuring out why anyone else should care.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Links you should check out v2

Here are couple links you should check out:

"The most brilliant idea, with no execution, is worth $20."
Great post about the value of ideas: They are simply a multiplier of execution.

"Purely theoretical beer."
Post about beer companies competing to make beer that tastes the least like beer (and advertise it as such).

"Business guys on business trips."
A look inside advertising agency life. Much more accurate than Mad Men, that's for sure.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Video Monday 9: First Steps to Marketing

I walk through a few of the first steps to making a marketing plan.

Read more about Social Objects or "Social Markers."

More about a "Purpose-Idea."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What I'm working on these days...

It's been a while since I've chatted about what I'm doing at my day job, so I thought I'd let you know what's going on these days.

Begin Shameless Work Plug:

I'm working on a very cool project called "Going to the Max". Basically, in events in St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax, and Fredericton we'll be getting people out to roll down hills in giant plastic spheres.

But of course there's more. We're going to have cameras running inside the spheres recording each rider's reactions. These will be played on giant screens after each run, and everyone in the crowd will get to text in their votes for their favourite reaction.

This voting will carry on online after the events, and the top vote-getter will win a pretty sweet prize.

So, essentially, it's four big parties brought to you by Lotto Max.

Hope you'll check out the Facebook Fan Page, follow @goingtothemax on Twitter, and RSVP to your local event.

End shameless work plug.

P.S.: We were out testing the spheres the other day (video here) and it is awesome. Both to ride in one, and see others doing it. Seriously folks, this is going to be fun.