Author: Jay Mindeman

Jay Mindeman is the award winning creative director at Anchor Marketing. He is responsible for writing a good portion of the content that the agency produces. He also oversees graphic design and web development. In addition to his work at Anchor, Jay teaches communication at North Dakota's largest university.
Game of Thrones Hits Ludicrous Speed

I’ve blogged about Game of Thrones before, but it was mostly nerdy rantings from a fantasy / sci-fi geek. The average viewer didn’t care that the show started to focus more on Kit Harrington’s hair than on plausible, consistent storytelling. In fact, women across the globe applauded HBO’s obvious Jon Snow resurrection / money grab.… Read more »

You Need A Crisis Management Plan

Recently, I have been doing a lot of work with risk and crisis communication. For the most part, it’s a topic people don’t want to think about. There is a very “meta” quality to it: We have so much stress in our current lives that we naturally try to avoid worrying about future stress before… Read more »

Using HBO, Netflix To Build Brands

Those who read my blog on a regular basis know that I don’t get cable. Instead, my family utilizes a combination of streaming services that include Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and Sling (and yes, I still save a ton of money). I am part of a growing minority in the United States known as cable cutters,… Read more »

Risky Business: 20 Years Of Anchor

Birthdays are a double-edged sword when you are in the business of branding and marketing. Experience is a plus, of course, but so are new ideas. Anchor Marketing turned 20 this year, and while we’ve come a long way from founder Steve Eickman and I working on desks salvaged from an office fire, I’m proud to say that we’ve… Read more »

What’s In Your Hot Dog?

I’m not a vegetarian, but thanks to a runaway cholesterol score, I am on the way. I eat very little meat, and no red meat at all. I have learned to adapt, and I can honestly say that I almost never covet the steaks that my wife gets at restaurants now and then. But I… Read more »

The Best Actress You’ve Never Seen

Have you ever heard of Tatiana Maslany? Probably not, even though she finally won an Emmy award in 2016. Have you ever heard of Orphan Black? Probably not, even though it has been in production since 2012. In both cases, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. Literally. So I’ll tell you. Orphan Black is a program… Read more »

iHeart Failure: Can Radio Be Saved?

There was a time when Clear Channel Communications ruled the world. It was a mega media company, wheeling and dealing through almost every part of the music business, from radio stations to streaming services to ticket sales and artist management at one time or another. Remember when it famously crushed the Dixie Chicks insurrection of 2003 under its… Read more »