Bolloré Has It His Way

The French advertising group Havas said on Tuesday that its chairman and chief executive, Alain de Pouzilhac, was stepping down, after a public clash with a big investor, Vincent Bolloré. Mr. de Pouzilhac’s exit from Havas ends an almost yearlong battle with Mr. Bolloré, the head of the manufacturing company, the Bolloré Groupe, which became […]

Apparently There’s Something Important Going On

Carlton Beach, Cannes, France.

Big Win For Small Shop

Lewis Lazare: After some initial confusion sparked by premature and inaccurate online chatter among advertising trade journalists about the results of electronics giant Sony’s account review, the matter was clarified late Monday. Sony said it would not have one ad agency of record going forward, but rather three shops: Fallon/Minneapolis; McKinney + Silver in Durham, […]

CVS Knows You Like K-Y Jelly. Now The World May Find Out.

It was only a matter of time. USA Today reports on the latest security breach involving “loyalty cards”, this time at CVS. The data security flaw in the ExtraCare card service was exposed Monday by the grassroots group Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering, or CASPIAN. It said anyone could learn what a customer […]

Buzz Kill Of An Ad Rejected

According to Jesus’ General, this ad (if one can call it that) was rejected by the Young Republicans for inclusion in their National Convention official program. The future politicos claimed the tone of message was too negative.

This Brochure Stinks

The Patriot News: So, you want to buy a house in the country? Some Lebanon County officials want to warn you that it might stink. To drive the point home, they are developing a brochure that features scratch ‘n sniff manure. The scratch ‘n sniff smell is coming from a company in Chattanooga, Tenn., called […]

Coffee With A Siren’s Call

Deadprogrammer’s Cafe has published a visual history of the Starbucks logo. Here’s where it all began.

Buy High Sell Low

Ad Age: Joe Mansueto, the founder and chairman-CEO of Morningstar Inc., has emerged as the lead contender to buy Fast Company and Inc., Gruner & Jahr USA

Good Copy Is Good Branding Is Good Customer Service

Spike Jones at Brains On Fire likes to order music from CD Baby, the independent musician’s friend in distribution. Any site that sells discs by Garaj Mahal is okay by me. But what Spike points to is the extraordinary customer service touches, evident even in their packing letter. Spike, Thanks for your order! Your CD […]

Meetings Suck

Lewis Lazare: You live and learn. Or, in the case of ace advertising creative Jon Wyville, you work and learn. Some 17 months ago, Wyville pulled up stakes at Young & Rubicam/Chicago, where he had been happily working for four years with partner Dave Loew on big accounts like Miller Brewing and took a job […]