Free Don’t Come For Free

Blogging has turned over another page. Thanks to Piers Fawkes of PSFK, we now have the subscription model to consider. Piers and cronies have debuted a new blog, IF, or Idea Forge, and they intend to charge for the content. IF is a daily digest of inspiration for brand planners and creative marketers. IF is […]

Say Hello To Stupid

We’ve got two series running on the site now´┐ŻAgencies in Strange Places and Outstanding Mission Statements. Maybe we ought to add a third series´┐Ż–Agency Lobby Art. Here’s what the folks at W+K London see each time they pass reception. “Blender Man” serves as a constant reminder of the ethos of the company and how we […]

The Indispensable Disposable

from USA Today: The first one-time-use video camera goes on sale this week at CVS drugstores in the Northeast. The makers of the $29.95 camera and CVS hope the device will do for video what one-time-use cameras did for film sales: dramatically increase the market. Sales of one-time-use cameras

What Can Brown Do For You? Screw Up Your Life, That’s What

According to CNN, Citigroup is reporting the loss of personal info on almost 4 million credit card customers–the largest single incident of identity theft yet. UPS lost a package of data tapes in transit from Citigroup to Experian, a credit-reporting agency. The tapes contained “Social Security numbers, names, account history and loan information about retail […]

Newspaper Men Meet Craig

Here’s another entry in the dinosaur chronicles. According to the New York Times, many newspaper execs are totally clueless about where their classified revenue is going. Surprisingly, the momentum of this online alternative with virtually free offerings had not drawn much attention as recently as last fall, when Creative Intelligence, a consulting firm based in […]

Apple To Get Intel Inside

from CNET: Apple Computer plans to announce Monday that it’s scrapping its partnership with IBM and switching its computers to Intel’s microprocessors, CNET has learned. Apple has used IBM’s PowerPC processors since 1994, but will begin a phased transition to Intel’s chips, sources familiar with the situation said. Apple plans to move lower-end computers […]

What Would Jesus Drive?

from Detroit Free Press: A conservative Christian group launched a boycott against Ford Motor Co., saying the second-largest U.S. automaker has given thousands of dollars to gay rights groups, offers benefits to same-sex couples and actively recruits gay employees. “From redefining family to include homosexual marriage, to giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to support […]

Pittsburgh Shop Branches Out

Pittsburgh agency, Blattner Brunner has acquired Sawyer Riley Compton, one of Atlanta’s more well known creative shops. According to Adweek, SRC was down to but 15 staffers and $20 million in billings (a great per employee billings ratio). SRC is Blattner Brunner’s second acquisition in as many years. The shop acquired MHI in Washington, D.C., […]

Chicken Shape Shifts

USA Today reports that BK is tentatively planning the launch this summer of a spicy, 4-inch-long, fried white-meat chicken snack that looks like a cross between a chicken strip and french fry. “For me, they’re like M&Ms,” says Greg Brenneman, CEO of Burger King.

Working Through A Crunch

I like what Crunch is doing with its web site. They’re providing community bulletin boards for Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, NYC, LA and Chicago. One of the categories is “Workout Partners,” which make a lot of sense, but they extend beyond that to include jobs, housing, events, personals, etc. It’s no Craig’s List, but it […]