Redmond Not Immune From Culture War

There’s a bit of a tempest brewing over at Scoble’s blog. It seems The Scobleizer is upset that his employer, Microsoft, is not backing a controversial state house bill on anti-discrimination. Apparently, there’s a conservative pastor in the middle of the brouhaha, and that is what has Scoble’s ire up. He addresses Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s […]

Ads On Satellite Radio? Surely, He Can’t Be Sirius

In an interview with Ad Age, Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirus Satellite Radio, predicts that ad revenue on Sirius will reach $100 million by 2007, although the music stations won’t carry ads, just the news, sports and entertainment stations. Sounds to me like there’s a whole new opportunity for radio advertising to get more […]

Remembering New Coke

Let us pause (a pause that refreshes, if you will) to remember that this spring marks the 20th anniversary of the introduction of New Coke, one of the most studied marketing blunders of all time. I lived in Atlanta back then, and it wasn’t pretty. But the whole episode taught us a couple of things: […]

Are You Ready For The Participation Age?

“When the essence of marketing becomes the quality of the customer/corporate dialogue then the entire corporate culture changes and so does the world.” -Robert Patterson Shel Israel, who is co-writing a book with The Scobleizer on business blogging, posted an interview with Sun’s COO, Jonathan Schwartz. According to Isreal, Schwartz is the highest ranking blogger […]

Waits Wants Cow’s Udder Removed From His Face

Tom Waits issued an entertaining, but serious,

Getting Jiggy With The Bloatosphere

Business Week is getting jiggy with the bloatosphere. Here’s the lead to their feature on blogs. Monday 9:30 a.m. It’s time for a frank talk. And no, it can’t wait. We know, we know: Most of you are sick to death of blogs. Don’t even want to hear about these millions of online journals that […]

Core For Sale

Agencies build brands for clients everyday, but often overlook the careful construction of their own. Core, in St. Louis, is not one of those agencies. Core For Sale, an online store peddling Core-branded merchandise, is a unique way to build the agency brand, and showcase the design sensibility of its hyper-talented staff. core is a […]

Wendy’s Chili Eater Gets Fingered For Larceny

Okay, I couldn’t resist that headline. But last night, Anna Ayala was arrested by San Jose police yesterday. There’ll be more details coming from the police this afternoon. There was some damage done to Wendy’s brand and sales, especially in San Jose and Ayala’s hometown of Las Vegas. Despite the jokes and the gross-out factor […]

Gary Goldsmith Leaves Lowe

Here’s a recap of some big news in the Ad world, as Gary Goldsmith, a well-respected CD and former president of The One Club, is being replaced as Chief Creative Officer of Lowe. Read the article–and then read between the lines and draw your own conclusions. I’ve got a decent memory, but let me see […]

KFC Puts The “Kentucky” And The “Fried” Back Where It Belongs

USA Today and several other media outlets are reporting on the new concept from YUM Brands of Louisville, KY