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The Poetry Center of Chicago and corporate sponsor Lightology are bringing poetry to the masses this holiday season, with an outdoor board located at the corner of Chicago and Wells. Chicagoist reports that the poem, “Farewell,” is by Chicago poet Li-Young Lee. He wrote it specifically for the occasion, “a non-commercial message Chicagoans could look […]

You Want ROI? Here You Go.

from Lewis Lazare: Though the ad industry itself is in a bit of the doldrums here in Chicago, the business of advertising still packs a wallop in terms of its economic impact locally, according to a new study by Global Insight on behalf of the Advertising Coalition. The coalition is made up of nine advertising […]

Suspicions Confirmed: We’re A Bunch Of Stiffs

from The Independent: Viewed from commercial America, British advertising looks like something bent out of shape by a culture so consumed with embarrassment it can’t look a salesman in the eye when he’s making a pitch, particularly if that pitch is laden shoulder high with emotion – love of country, family or God. From a […]

Point-Of-Sale Gains Sex Appeal

from The New York Times: Steven Gilliatt, president of G2 Worldwide, a leading brand development and design consulting company in New York, recently had an up-close-and-personal demonstration of the increasing power of eye appeal in retailing. “I was buying an iPod a couple weeks ago and there was a feeding frenzy at the store,” Mr. […]

Redefining “The Company Car”

from Fast Company Now: Hyperion, a software company, announced this week that employees who purchase a Toyota or Honda hybrid (or any other vehicle that gets more than 45 miles per gallon) over a gas-guzzler will be reimbursed $5,000. Given that Hyperion aims to reimburse about 200 of their 2,500 employees each year, this adds […]

Yo, Chill With All The Sales Promotions

from AdAge: The chief executive of WPP Group, Martin Sorrell, told the Credit Suisse Conference today that 2004 “was a relatively good year.” Speaking in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel, Mr. Sorrell kicked off the “Media and Telcom Week” gathering with his 8 a.m. presentation. He also predicted that the advertising industry’s expansion […]

Martin Gets With The Program

Adweek reports The Martin Agency has taken a page from advertising history* by helping to develop a new cable television show for the Speed Channel. The show, Nascar Nation, is scheduled to premiere in February on Speed Channel, a cable network dedicated to motor sports and automotive programming. The network bills the show as the […]

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Bloggers Are Swallowed Whole

Le Monde is welcoming bloggers to set up shop under their brand name. Smart move. I don’t think there’s much question that mainstream journalists around the globe are asking, “What the hell are we going to do about the rise of citizen journalism?” Some continue to ignore the new reality, despite dwindling audience share. That’s […]

Certain Cell Users To Become Even More Annoying

According to Chicagoist, Playboy Enterprises, Inc. will soon offer mobile phone users the ability to download adult-oriented content including Playboy-themed games, images, video clips, voice clips and ring tones. Chicagoist wisely goes on to question the wisdom of making the famed Playboy lifestyle this public, “Do we want people to be living this lifestyle outside […]