Piers Poo Poos

Englishman, Piers Fawkes, visited London recently and came away unimpressed by the staidness evident in British ad circles. There are a few folk in the UK who are very switched on, I grant you, but a lot of agency people I met in my short visit were rather bemused by PSFK and IF. Although blogs […]

Mixing Media

New York Times: With its long reliance on talk formats and call-in programs, radio was arguably the first open-source media form. Now a new Public Radio International program, “Open Source from P.R.I.,” will test whether the collective intelligence permeating the Web can make not just loud radio, but smart radio. Not only does the program […]

Wireless Companies Use Too Much Fine Print. In Other News, Scientists Declare Earth Is “Round.”

Has Catherine Zeta-Jones been lying to me this whole time? From Ad Age: New York’s Department of Consumer Affairs is suing three wireless phone marketers for violating the city’s consumer protection law. Acting Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, in a suit filed in New York Supreme Court, charged Nextel Communications, Sprint Spectrum and T-Mobile USA, with deceptive […]

Putt-Putt

New York Times: Putt-Putt is not a generic name for miniature golf. It is the brand name of a company that builds and franchises a particular style of miniature golf course designed specifically to make competitive putting possible. For something that sounds as if it was named by a child, Putt-Putt has a surprisingly grown-up […]

High Praise For Randomness

Rohit Bhargava, of Ogilvy PR has some great things to say about the power of randomness. What makes random such a powerful marketing tool?

Phishing Wreaks Havoc With Banking Industy’s Online Strategies

Boston Globe: It was any banker’s worst nightmare. Shortly after Wachovia Corp. sent an e-mail inviting recipients to go to a new log-in page as a result of its merger with First Union Corp., some savvy customers swamped Wachovia’s call center to inform officials that criminals apparently were attempting to steal the financial information of […]

Information Overload

An ad can never say it all. Of course, clients often want to break this cardinal rule, because they have so many important (to them only) things to say. Thanks to Flickr user, Fachtopia for the image.

Pigs Endure Logo Treatment

Yahoo: Pigs tattooed with the logo of French luxury brand Louis Vuitton rest in a farm in the rural area of China’s capital Beijing July 14, 2005. The pigs are owned by Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, who has a staff of local farmers and tattoo artists raising sows to use them as canvases for skin […]