Take Your Lycra-Clad Buttocks To Vermont

Bangor News: Using a photograph of a twentysomething Lycra-clad man climbing the rock face of a mountain to sell a Maine vacation is just wrong, Bob Hastings believes. Hastings, 57, the CEO of the Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce, has nothing against men in Lycra, or courting them to come and visit Maine. It’s just […]

Unilever Weans Itself From The Tube

The Independent: Unilever disclosed yesterday that its global expenditure on traditional television advertisements had dropped by one-fifth over the past three years and was set to plummet further. Alan Rutherford, the vice-president of global media at Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers, said the value of television advertising was dropping in the face of […]

Some Say Soda

Julia Set points to this “Pop” vs. “Soda” academic study. Using the World Wide Web to gather and process data from across English-speaking North America, Alan McConchie plotted the regional variations in the use of the terms “Pop” and “Soda” to describe carbonated soft drinks. One of the more interesting discoveries (for me at least) […]

Man Declares Jihad Against Burger King

The Scotsman: Burger King, is withdrawing its ice-cream cones after the lid of the dessert offended a Muslim. The man claimed the design resembled the Arabic inscription for Allah, and branded it sacrilegious, threatening a “jihad”. The chain is being forced to spend thousands of pounds redesigning the lid with backing from The Muslim Council […]

America, Please Welcome The Blisters

I haven’t been this interested in a television ad since Robert Conrad was daring us to knock a battery off his shoulder. Danny Miller is stoked about his nephews’ new commercial for Quaker Oats, which is certainly understandable. After all, it was directed by Errol Morris. And the spot serves as the television debut for […]

H&M Wants Kate “Healthy, Wholesome And Sound”

Softpedia: Supermodel Kate Moss apologized to her bosses for using drugs and promised to enter rehab, after a British tabloid ran photos of her doing lines of cocaine in a London recording studio. Moss, 31, who was photographed by Daily Mirror journalists snorting a line of the class A drug on the back of a […]

Preferred Vendor Or Accessory To A Crime?

Wired: Apple is ordering several online iPod accessory vendors to stop using the word “iPod” in their names or URLs. “Although on the surface it looks like Apple is being overly heavy-handed with this approach, protection of its brand is important,” Steve Hawkins, managing director of A M Micro, said. “Authorized Apple resellers, for example, […]

Clients High On Amersterdam Agencies

International Herald Tribune: Amsterdam is emerging as a plucky player in the global advertising market. Amsterdam-based agencies, particularly small “hot shops” like 180 are snatching multinational clients away from sprawling agency groups based in London or New York. “We’ve created a sort of mini-UN here,” Guy Hayward says of 180, which is based in the […]

Chrysler’s Firehouse “Blog” For “Serious Journalists” Only

Steve Hall of Adrants wrote last week about Chrysler’s half-hearted entry into the bloatoshpere. Half-hearted because one must present MSM credentials to “qualify” to read Chrysler’s press releases. I mean, how late 20th century can you get? Detroit News: The blogosphere can be a jungle, as Chrysler is finding out. The U.S. division of DaimlerChrysler […]

Good Journalism Is Good Business

The New York Times: Chalk up another success for McClatchy, one of the best-kept secrets in the newspaper industry. The chain, with 12 dailies, including The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., The Island Packet in Hilton head Island and The Sacramento Bee, has one of the lowest profiles in […]