Abercrombie’s Protrusion

You know it’s a hot story when Mia von Furstenber picks it up from Steve Hall at Adrants (who, by the way, has been showing a lot of male sexuality in advertising of late…I guess turnabout is fair play). And you know it’s a story when the socialite titles her post, “The Bulge That Assaulted […]

Demographics Are Like Coal In Newcastle

Henry Copeland of Blogads spoke to the IFsters recently. I like what he said here: Cutting edge advertisers are starting to realize that the game isnt’ just “buy ads on blogs” or “buy the blogosphere” but splicing your brand/service/ideas into specific networks of blogs, specific conversations, specific blogospheres. Second, a very few advertisers are realizing […]

Honor The Creative Process. Damn The Outcome.

Mark Fenske teaches advertising in the graduate program at VCU in Richmond. He used to keep a sketch book, or what he calls a workbook. Here’s a page from his workbook: Here’s some text from Fenske’s blog entry about workbooks: The job of a copywriter or art director isn’t fun and it isn’t easy. Jackasses […]

Lord Vishnu’s Love Handles

Need a reason to read the print version of Adweek? Here’s one. They weave interesting tidbits into the print version that are not found online. Former DDB-Dallas copywriter, Will Clark, has a new book out. It’s a black comedy about a psychic ex-dot-com-millionaire who falls in with paranormal spies, a Charles Manson-loving yogi, a chubby […]

Interpublic: Sell! Sell! Sell!

Brokerage firms are almost always eternal optimists when it comes to stocks. Even if they don’t like a stock, they’ll trot out a euphemism like “sector underperform” or “underweight” when they recommend dumping the stock but can’t really say that due to corporate politics. So you know this is serious: Merrill Lynch on Thursday downgraded […]

The Case Of The Shrinking iPod

Take everything you love about iPod and shrink it. Now shrink it again. With 2GB (500 songs) and 4GB (1,000 songs) models starting at $199, the pencil-thin iPod nano packs the entire iPod experience into an impossibly small design.

Can Hollywood Save Hockey?

Promo Magazine: Departing from standard practice, the National Hockey League has hired an entertainment marketing agency to help restore the brand’s image and build a stronger emotional fan-player connection following a 301-day lockout during the 2004-05 season. Conductor, a Los Angeles, CA-based agency, will serve as the NHL’s lead marketing communications and integration agency to […]

Snow White’s A Sister

Here’s some of that “dramatize the product benefit stuff” I like to talk about. This ad for Nivea self-tanning spray, care of TBWA\ Brussels does that, but in this case, one might be inclined to ask why. Thanks to Frederik Samuel for the pointer.