We Know Who You Are. Maybe.

USA Today and other newspapers have been following a story about identity theft that ought to scare the bezeejus out of you. Criminals targeted ChoicePoint, a company that keeps a database containing over 19 billion records on Americans. According to the article, “The criminals opened 50 accounts and received volumes of data on consumers, including […]

Dawn Doing Good

Dawn is running a cause-related marketing program backed by TV advertising. In the spots no dishes are cleaned. Instead ducks soiled by industrial waste are cleaned. According to Dawn’s SaveADuck.com web site, it takes fifteen bottles of Dawn to save one duck from the horrors of an oil spill. The site also points out that […]

Some Perspective Please

Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba have extended the idea of citizen journalism to the field of marketing. On their blog, Church of the Customer, they wax poetic about where they see this new development going. “Traditional media structures are undergoing vast molecular changes that decentralize their power, diminish their reach and usurp their authority. This […]

The Official Flavor Of Fox News

from The Onion: Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont-based ice-cream manufacturer known for its progressive social mission, held a press conference Monday to introduce a new flavor celebrating Academy Award winner Michael Moore. The Waffle Truth will honor the dynamic visionary by combining premium vanilla ice cream with strawberries, chocolate-covered waffle-cone bits, and a hint of […]

We Know Why You (Hate To) Fly

Seen the latest TV spots from American Airlines? They

Free Range? No. Free? Yes.

Hungry bargain hunters take notice. McDonald’s is giving away free food. According to USA Today, McDonald’s expects to hand out 4 million free samples of its Chicken Selects strips this weekend. “People still think of us as a burger place,” says Wade Thoma, vice president of U.S. menu management. “It will take a long time […]

I Would’ve Gladly Volunteered For Jury Duty

It appears the fraud and conspiracy trial against former Ogilvy executives Shona Seifert and Thomas Early will go to the jury for deliberation on Friday. Adweek’s coverage of the summations is an excellent overview of the big points both sides are making. From what I can tell, the government has done its homework here, and […]

Muckrakers In The Making

I’m pleased to announce the presence of two new highly accomplished contributing writers, Danny G. and Wade Sturdivant. Danny G. is perhaps best known for his sometimes biting coverage on Talent Zoo. Wade is an Associate Creative Director at DDB Chicago. I’m excited by this development for several reasons. For one, advertising, like any news […]

Starbucks Creates More Buzz

According to the New York Times, Starbucks in partnership with Jim Beam Brands is introducing Starbucks Coffee Liquer today. The liqueur will be sold in bars, liquor stores and restaurants in 750-milliliter bottles for $22.99. It will not be available at Starbucks coffee outlets. The liqueur is not the first stand-alone product the company has […]

Vodka May Lead To Armed Insurgency

Last December we reported on the growing popularity of Kalashnikov vodka