Slipknot Hires Lawyers To Coq Bloq Burger King & Crispin

From The Smoking Gun: Claiming that its image and persona have been hijacked as part of a marketing campaign for Burger King’s new chicken fries, the costumed heavy metal band Slipknot is threatening the fast food giant with legal action. In the below August 4 letter, the band’s lawyers charge that Coq Roq–a mock metal […]

Warning: Sideways Glances May Occur

Clark Sorensen makes awesome urinals. And he’s happy to discuss commissions and requests of any kind. This seems like an opportunity to raise the level of bathroom advertising by a magnitude heretofore unseen. I imagine Clark could fashion a urinal into a product-like shape. Better yet, a hotel or restaurant could simply commission the artist […]

In Search Of Quantifiable Data

Joe at American Copywriter put up an excellent post today on focus groups and why they ought to be outlawed. Mention the words “focus group”, and every creative can feel the bile rising in the throat. We know what’s coming. We’ll be sitting behind a two-way mirror for a couple of hours, eating bad snacks, […]

The Anti-Hugh

Tom Asacker writing on 800-CEO-READ this morning shares this pearl: For the record I don’t believe in the death of ordinary, or anything else for that matter. Take advertising. If I hear someone predict the death of advertising one more time, I’m going to throw up. Advertising is a huge brand enhancer. Sure, it needs […]

For Vanity’s Sake

The Guardian: Fancy having your name on a gravestone in Neil Gaiman’s next novel? Or meeting your end at the hands of a zombie in Stephen King’s latest? Or being immortalised as one of Sunny Baudelaire’s “utterances”? Here’s your chance. As part of a charity venture, 16 authors, from John Grisham to Dave Eggers, are […]

So Much For Having A Nice, Lazy Summer

From The New York Times : In the last several days, accounts with spending estimated at more than $200 million have changed agencies, affecting brands in competitive categories like restaurants, automotive services and household products. And there will be more changes as reviews proceed for other accounts, with combined spending estimated at more than $1 […]

Kodak’s Paperless Reinvention

USA Today: It won’t be a snap to sharpen its image, but tonight Kodak begins a blitz of new ads and products designed to make consumers see it as a world-class digital-imaging company. The opening shot will be hard to miss: Ads will air simultaneously at 9 p.m. ET on the major broadcast networks and […]

Low Priced iBooks Cause Melee

AP: A rush to purchase $50 used laptops turned into a violent stampede Tuesday, with people getting thrown to the pavement, beaten with a folding chair and nearly driven over. One woman went so far as to wet herself rather than surrender her place in line. An estimated 5,500 people turned out at the Richmond […]