Black is the New White

Nike’s new black ball has golf world abuzz A stunt at the FBR Open in which 4 tour pros used a black golf ball on a par 3 to promote a new Nike golf ball (Nike One Black), which is normally white, has now drawn unprecedented demand for production of the black ball. Now, Nike […]

The Chi-Town Get Together For Ad Folks

Before you go home to Cabrini Green or Naperville or wherever, stop by the Talent Zoo After Hours party tonight at the Cactus Bar and Grill.

Audience Participation Time

This is a bit off-topic, but I’m looking for a contact within Apple Computer, specifically in the area of customer/consumer relations. If any of our readers could help me out, I’d be most appreciative. Drop an email to shartley [at] gmail dot com Additionally, I have around 50 Gmail invitations available. If anyone is still […]

Shutters

from Lewis Lazare: In another hard blow to the Chicago advertising industry, Grant/Jacoby, one of the city’s oldest ad agencies, is believed to be on the verge of closing its doors for good, another apparent victim of the plague of bad management that has cast a pall over more than one shop in this city […]

Hot New Geekwear From NeoNerd

from Tim Nudd of Adweek: After getting canned on The Apprentice, Danny Kastner wrote a song called “15 Minutes of Fame.” “Who is that knockin’ at your door?/Oh my lord, it must be them, the paparazzi/Who else could it possibly be?” he sings. It’s pure Kastner: a clueless yet charming mix of self-love and self-promotion, […]

There’s News, And Then There’s Yesterday’s News.

In the beginning, there was Sega

Deep Discounts Create Mayhem Outside London

from The Telegraph: Britain’s biggest Ikea store opened at midnight yesterday – but closed just 40 minutes later as 6,000 frenzied shoppers stampeded for bargains, leaving 20 in need of hospital treatment. One woman was said to have been threatened by a man with a mallet, and another waiting in the checkout queue was “mugged” […]

Is That A Cucumber In Donny Deutsch’s Pants Or Is He Just Happy To See Us?

Much as I hate to give Donny Deutsch and Donald Trump more publicity, last night’s episode of “The Apprentice” was the advertising agency episode, in which the two teams, Magna and Net Worth, produced spec commercials for Dove body wash. See the results here. One looks like a badly edited iMovie, and the other looks […]

Product Placement Gives Small Player Big Time Exposure

Boulder-based sparking juice company, Izze, somehow got its product into Brad Pitt’s fridge. During Heineken’s 60-second Super Bowl spot starring the 41-year old actor, Pitt opens his fridge to find an empty sixer of Heineken, which leads him to head to the store for more. But he could have chosen another beverage–namely a pear-flavored Izze. […]

Another Coup for the Blogosphere

If you haven’t heard of Talon News’ White House Correspondent Jeff Gannon, it’s OK. There is no Jeff Gannon. White House correspondents and bloggers did a little digging on Gannon after he tossed softball questions to President Bush and White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan at news conferences. Turns out Talon News is closely connected […]